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Tobacco Road ()


Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

Sort of "The Grapes of Mirth"; it's a lighthearted look at the zany antics of amoral, ignorant, stupid, inbred, deformed sharecroppers in the Piedmonts. It's a laugh riot if you think harelips are a hoot.

This book is supposedly fraught with social signifigance. However, it raises an inevitable question: is there any economic system that would make it possible for people who are this stupid to succeed in life?

Simple answer: No.

(Reviewed:)

Grade: (C+)

  

Websites:

Book-related and General Links:
    -Erskine Caldwell Birthplace Museum
    -The Erskine Caldwell Website
    -Southern Literature and Culture on the Internet
    -OBIT: ERSKINE CALDWELL, 83, IS DEAD; WROTE STARK NOVELS OF SOUTH (EDWIN McDOWELL, NY Times)

If you liked Tobacco Road, try:

Crews, Harry
    -Body
    -Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader

Steinbeck, John
    -Grapes of Wrath

Comments:

The above review of this book is completely accurate. Even with that being true, I enjoyed the book. What does that say about me? If you haven't read this book, read it. You won't soon forget the characters. To say it's like the Grapes of Wrath is a stretch. Maybe National Lampoon's version.

- Kelly

- Mar-09-2007, 16:48

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