Tortilla Flat

by John Steinbeck (1935)

7/10

A smattering of lovely, poignant and humorous anecdotes concerning a do-nothing laborer, Danny, and his motley group of do-nothing friends. The story’s format is modeled on the Arthurian legends; Danny et al. certainly do enjoy their Camelot of sorts, but alas no paradise can last. Steinbeck’s wit and empathy are heavily featured in this short, pleasurable read, though it’s not entirely essential to one’s appreciation of the author. Recommended for his fans.

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