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The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. The book won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962.
Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they are trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other "Okies", they seek jobs, land, dignity, and a future.
I had no idea. I’d heard of the book before I read it, of course. But I had no idea how resonant it would be. I had no idea it would reach through time, from all the way back in 1938, and articulate the most beautiful critique of modern capitalism ever written.
If it were written today, every news outlet would be calling Steinbeck a radical socialist.
Though if you ask me, the only radical thing is a system where we burn food before we’ll give it to starving people for free.