Tortilla Flat

Steinbeck, John

Book - 1997
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Tortilla Flat
In the shabby district called Tortilla Flat above Monterey, California lives a gang whose exploits compare to those of King Arthur's knights.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780140187403
Characteristics: xxvi, 174 p. ;,20 cm


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Jun 26, 2014
  • msvelde rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There is so much heart in this novel that one can appreciate it without following all the Knights of the Round Table references. No Holy Grail quest here, though, except for friendship. The end is heart-wrenching.

Dec 28, 2013
  • keithwi rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I cannot believe this won anyone an award. If more readers wasted their time reading this rubbish, there wouldn't be a need for awards. A bum inherits two houses and his drunken associates make the Simpsons seem intelligent.

May 14, 2011
  • ParkRidgeRS rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Our evening book discussion described Steinbeck’s novel as fun, whimsical, and a combination of humor plus emotion. While it was apparent by the number of stars given that, overall, people enjoyable the book, it did receive a few mixed reviews. A couple people said they were not into it and described it as not uplifting and surprisingly seemed the opposite. However, the majority who did enjoy the novel liked it because it was about friendships, humorous rogues, the simple life being the best life, “smiles of the hopeless man”, “ultimate anti-heroes” and Steinbeck’s mythology about Paisanos in California. The fact that there was a lot of wine consumed throughout the book was unanimous.


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