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Pastures of Heaven - John Steinbeck

Las Pasturas del Cielo (I know all the lingo me) was first discovered in California by a Spanish military officer in the late 1700ís. Its lush farmland attracted pioneers who settled, irrigated, and farmed the land. POH is a collection of short episodes connecting the lives of the distant descendents of those first settlers. Although the characters in this are in the main from a farming background, this isnít Waltonís Mountain. This book was first published in 1932 and was three years before JS hit Kerchingville with Tortilla Flat. But unlike a lot of writers before they break through, he wasnít pulling any punches with the subjects he chose to write about. The characters and situations in this show human beings on the edge of, and also plummeting over the edge of what we would class as Ďnormalí behaviour.

As with a lot of writers around the world in the 1920ís and 1930ís, Steinbeck started to write about life as it was and not as some contrived happily ever after scenario. I find JSís stuff very similar to Scott Fitzgeralds short stories from the twenties with regard to how he opens the shutters on the human condition in those early years of mass consumerism and industry. A good read and a great slice of early Steinbeck.
Forest

There's a docu on Steinbeck tonight on bbc4, thought you might be interested Dock
bearing

Forest wrote:
There's a docu on Steinbeck tonight on bbc4, thought you might be interested Dock


creep  
Dock

Forest wrote:
There's a docu on Steinbeck tonight on bbc4, thought you might be interested Dock


You thought right Fozdyke. Thanks for the heads up bud!

*puts Fozdyke down for an extra selection box on Christmas list*
Dock

Looks good this. I can't wait me.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017j50x
Forest

bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
There's a docu on Steinbeck tonight on bbc4, thought you might be interested Dock


creep †


I'll keep my eye out for any documentaries on Rust or Tipp-Ex for you
Dock

Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
There's a docu on Steinbeck tonight on bbc4, thought you might be interested Dock


creep †


I'll keep my eye out for any documentaries on Rust or Tipp-Ex for you


Or one of those medical ones about the effects of Fuckfaceitis. Take no notice of him Fozdyke. Do you want your selection box now or later old pal o'mine?
Forest

Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
There's a docu on Steinbeck tonight on bbc4, thought you might be interested Dock


creep †


I'll keep my eye out for any documentaries on Rust or Tipp-Ex for you


Or one of those medical ones about the effects of Fuckfaceitis. Take no notice of him Fozdyke. Do you want your selection box now or later old pal o'mine?


Now please. I hope it doesnt have a half eaten Crunchie and an empty roll of Smarties in it like last year.
Dock

Forest wrote:
Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
There's a docu on Steinbeck tonight on bbc4, thought you might be interested Dock


creep †


I'll keep my eye out for any documentaries on Rust or Tipp-Ex for you


Or one of those medical ones about the effects of Fuckfaceitis. Take no notice of him Fozdyke. Do you want your selection box now or later old pal o'mine?


Now please. I hope it doesnt have a half eaten Crunchie and an empty roll of Smarties in it like last year.


Er, it is missing a curly-wurly. I got caught in a traffic jam on the bus and I was a bit peckish like.
bearing

Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
There's a docu on Steinbeck tonight on bbc4, thought you might be interested Dock


creep †


I'll keep my eye out for any documentaries on Rust or Tipp-Ex for you


I aint buying no selection box!
Dock

Watched the docu last night. I thought it could have been longer, but overall I thought it was interesting and very well edited. Strange feeling hearing JS's words read out over footage of the terrain where his books were set. Melvyn Bragg can sometimes come across as a bit cold and smug but you could see from his enthusiasm about JS that he must be a real fan. Loads of nice little insights like the one about my favorite Steinbeck character Sam Hamilton from East of Eden been named after and based around Steinbecks Grandfather.

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