This novel was at first only a four star read for the following reasons. However it is after reading earlier in the year that now I realise how powerful this book was.1.
The way of speaking was frustrating reading. With all the conjunctions and the shortening of Rose of Sharon to Roseasharn and with the characters all jumpin' around and being part of a fambly. That was slightly annoying to my grammar sentiments... 2.
The book made me angry (okay this is a good thing this time about the book and a negative thing. It made me angry about how rich people could just sit and make poor people do work for nothing because they were so desperate. The abuse of the poor made me hate this book for what it portrayed. And it made me love it at the same time because it showed the reality of human selfishness.
That all said my favourite snippets of this book were the parts in between the description of how the Joad family continued life. They were brilliant descriptions that added to the storytelling by showing the daily grind and how tough life had become. Ultimately I guess that's what this story shows: the hardship of life.
Despite it's flaws and the elements which annoyed me I have ultimately decided this deserves five stars. Simply because elements of the book which are its true power have haunted my memory ever since. Beautifully written too.