Saturday, April 21, 2012
S is for Steinbeck
For this, my third year doing the challenge, I am going literary. For every letter of the alphabet I will talk about a book, an author or a character from fiction or myth that made an impression, was inspirational, or caused me to think.
I'm not sure how old I was when I first "discovered" John Steinbeck.
It must have been around 9th grade when we were required to read "The Pearl" or "The Red Pony."
Steinbeck... when I read Steinbeck I was immediately dropped into the story, dropped into the hearts of the characters.
Early on I read CANNERY ROW, followed by SWEET THURSDAY and TORTILLA FLAT, OF MICE AND MEN. From there I went on to read just about everything I could get my hands on, including EAST OF EDEN, TRAVELS WITH CHARLIE and THE LOG FROM THE SEA OF CORTEZ.
The only classic of his I haven't read is THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Should I be ashamed? It's just that I know how terribly tragic it is and I can't bring myself to read it. I know his writing would tear my heart to pieces.
As a teen I had a longing to write like him. I practiced imitating his style. But it wasn't long before I realized, his style was not mine. Sigh...
To read a letter of advise from him to us, writers one and all, click HERE.
He said, "Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love."
Is there an author you longed write like?
S is for John Steinbeck Other S influences include: Robert Louis Stevenson, The Secret Garden, The Spider and the Fly (a poem), Soul Catcher by Frank Herbert