Thursday, 28 February 2019

Books From The Backlog - Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

I enjoyed taking part in Books From The Backlog last year, but got out of the habit of the weekly posts. Now I hope to use this meme to stoke my enthusiasm for my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge. I'm posting one BFTB a fortnight and then Actually Reading The Book before the next post is due!

Last time I chose Above The Bridge by Deborah Garner and my review is on Literary Flits.

Next up is:

Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck's first major critical and commercial success, TORTILLA FLAT is also his funniest novel. Danny is a paisano, descended from the original Spanish settlers who arrived in Monterey, California, centuries before. He values friendship abovemoney and possessions, so that when he suddently inherits two houses, Danny is quick to offer shelter to his fellow gentlemen of the road. Their love of freedom and scorn for material things draw them into daring and often hilarious adventures. Until Danny, tiring of his new reponsibilities, suddenly disappears...


I don't often read John Steinbeck but always love his books when I do. I think Cannery Row is probably my favourite so far, but there's still lots of his books I haven't read. I bought Tortilla Flat straight after finishing La Perle. I'm looking forward to reading it soon!

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  1. This is one of his books that I never read. Hope you enjoy it:)

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    1. Not one of his best, I thought, but still an entertaining read

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  2. I've had this one on my TBR for ages but never read it which is crazy because Steinbeck is one of my favorites. I'm like you though - while I love his work I don't read his books very often. I love your plan of reading you BftB book in the two weeks between the posts! Good luck!

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    1. It's weird how it goes for my favourite authors. I've read more by lesser favourites than I have by Steinbeck!

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  3. I've only read a few of his books, sadly. I loved Cannery Row, too, and mostly because I had a horse in that race, so to speak. The locals and the bar, the cannery workers Steinbeck described were my grandfather, his bar, and his friends, other family members and acquaintances.
    The Monterey setting in Tortilla Flats had me reading and enjoying it, too. Hope you like it. :)

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    1. Tortilla Flat is set just up the hill from Cannery Row and there is a little location overlap so you might recognise people here too. Love your connection to Monterey :-)

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  4. I have to confess that I have never read Steinbeck. I never had to read his work in high school or college and I am not a fan of most classics. I should probably at least try his books. I hope you enjoy this one!

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    1. His writing style doesn't feel dated like some classics do, and his characters are timeless so you might get on ok with Steinbeck

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  5. I've only read one of his books and that was way back when I was a student. I'm not a classics person so I never read the rest!

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    1. Was it Of Mice And Men? I studied that one at school!

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