Dave's Pulitzer Reviews 1940 - 1949
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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I read this on on a 10 day backpack in the high Sierra. I did not enjoy it as much as some of the other Steinbeck books. And what a grim story. Whew! What struck me about the book was how much Steinbeck knew about various things. For example changing out a con rod bearing. I have done a bearing replacemnt and he got it just right. He must have had some other jobs before becoming a writer, jobs where he got his hands dirty. But, hey, this is Steinbeck, go read his other stuff.

In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
Couldn't find.

Dragons Teeth by Upton Sinclair
Hmmm. Historical fiction. This is the story of a socialist playboy in 1930's Europe and Germany. This was a long book and it dragged in places. I haven't read much Sinclair, but it is obvious he is interested in politics and class struggle. By coincidence, the book's final scenes are of the Röhm Putsch ( Night of the Long Knives) which came up on Wikipedia only a few days after I finished the book. I am always interested to compare the real event to the fictional treatment of same.

Journey In the Dark by Martin Flavin
Couldn't find.

A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
OK we are now into the war years. I liked this book immensely. It is not a long book so you could read it in a day. I guess I liked it because I could identify with the hero. Sometimes you want to do a good thing and it seems like the whole world working against you. This book would be on my top ten list. (Hmmm that is a good idea).

All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren
This was my third southern novel in a row (Gone With the Wind, The Yearling, then this). Whew, y'all! I did not see the recent movie, but the book was great. It is written in a very laconic style, possibly more to my taste that to others taste. As with several of the other books, this is really the story of a 'secondary' character to the nominal title role. It makes me interested to see what character Sean Penn played in the movie. I can't imagine him as Jack Burden.

Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener
I read this while in Africa in 2008. Michener's first novel, loosely based on his experiences in the navy in W.W.II. It is a series of linked short stories. I actually like Michener's later works (Hawaii, Space, etc.) more, and believe they are better written. But I do wish he would limit himself to 1000 pages or less. :-)

Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
The late 40s. A very contemporary story. It is about an Army Air unit in Florida. Like Advise and Consent (later in the list, I got out of order), it goes into the minutiae of daily life, but does not stint on character development. It was a very readable book. If you like W.E.B. Griffin, or Harold Coyle, you will like this one.

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