Steinbeck wrote his classic novel Grapes of Wrath after working closely with a radical union of farm and packing-house workers.
But often Steinbeck was traveling across the western U.S., with no good fishing or foraging to be had.
Steinbeck, too, seemed to think that a sort of economic reckoning was close at hand when he invented the Joads in late 1938.
While Steinbeck journeyed with his loyal French poodle, Buzzell has only a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente as a companion.
The Washington Post followed up with an op-ed on the “Recession Only Steinbeck Could Love.”
In roughly 100 pages, Steinbeck leaves the reader with much to ponder in this dark and spiritual work of art.