what she read :: the grapes of wrath

A classic novel on my must read list.

I loved this book far more than I thought I was going to.  What a beautiful story of change, of leaving behind everything even when that’s nothing, of family ties that are stronger than pain, of helping because that’s all you know how.

Some quotes I loved:

For man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.  This you may say of man- when theories change and crash, when schools, philosophies, when marrow dark alleys of thought, national, religious, economic, grow and disintegrate, man reaches, stumbles forward, painfully, mistakenly sometimes.  Having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back.  This you may say and know it and know it.

Take your breath in when you need it, and let it go when you need to.

He was a stranger to all the world but he was not lonely.

How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?

Us people will go on living when all them people is gone. We’re the people that live.

Says one time he went out into the wilderness to find his soul, an’ he foun’ he didn’ have no soul that was his’n. Says he foun’ he jus’ got a little piece of a great big soul. Says a wilderness ain’t no good ‘less it was with the rest, an’ was whole.

Women can change better’n a man. Women got all her life in her arms. Man got it all in his head.

It’s a book well worth the read.  It made me reevaluate what I should focus on in my life.  I have been making little changes to better and simplify my daily life here and there.  This book helped me to find a starting point to do that.

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