AFI Top 100: No. 23 The Grapes of Wrath

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I’m not going to lie, I absolutely hated this book in high school. I have never been afraid of long books (heck I just read Ken Follett’s 960 page epic Winter of the World this past weekend) and did enjoy Of Mice and Men but there was something about The Grapes of Wrath that I just could not stand. It wasn’t the story itself but the way it seemed to drag on. Maybe it was the entire chapter about the turtle crossing the road.

Anyway, back to the Top 100. The acting in this movie was well-done. Jane Darwell, who played Ma, did a fine job and was the true “hero” in the film. The film did a great job of showing the true angst the “Okies” felt during the Dust Bowl. Grandpa’s breakdown and Muley’s refusal to leave their home tugged at one’s heartstrings. They did a fantastic job of showing the desolation and desperation of the Joad family. You were empathetic to their journey and truly hoped that California was a true promise land, even if you thought Tom Joad was an idiot. It’s interesting to me how little the Dust Bowl is touched upon in history classes. As a California native, I hardly remember learning about it in my state history classes. It is an event that significantly changed two areas of the country and should be one Americans learn in school.

As far as the movie goes, it was an extremely well-done. There were times it dragged, but it was well-made and well-acted. And yes, I am planning on giving the book another shot… once I’m done with the Song of Ice and Fire series.

Next Up: No. 22 Some Like It Hot

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One comment

  1. Just where did u actually acquire the points to create ““AFI Top 100:
    No. 23 The Grapes of Wrath Jen’s Jots”? I appreciate it ,Suzanne

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