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I’ve been trying to think of something to blog about.  When I am out of ideas, I tend to try alliteration.  For example, I’ve done Memoir Monday and posted a piece of memoir.  So today Friday took me to Favorite.

A favorite author.  That’s what I’ll blog about today and should I need to, I will have many things to post on Fridays as I can go to favorite authors, books, songs, places, etc.  An endless supply of favorites.

John Steinbeck.  The first thing I read by Steinbeck was a novella called Tortilla Flat.  We had to read it in class in sophomore English.  I loved it.  I loved the characters.  I loved the writing.  I loved the plot.  But what I really loved was that it took place in the Salinas valley which was a place I had been to often, having been born and raised in San Jose, not far from Salinas.  I could identify with the places, with some of the characters, and with the Spanish in the novel.

That’s when John Steinbeck became my favorite author.  After Tortilla Flat, I read my sister’s copy of  The Pearl and when I got to my junior year of high school, I chose to read The Grapes of Wrath for a book report and then later I picked up Of Mice And Men, also for a book report.  I loved them all.  I still love Steinbeck.  I’ve added a number of his other novels to my “books I’ve read” list throughout my life.  Probably my favorite Steinbeck novel is East Of Eden.  That one has it all.  It’s full of fully developed characters, plot, sub-plots, location, and so much more.  It’s a book I can pick up again and again and never grow tired of it.  Each time I pick it up, I get more out of it.

One day, I will go to visit the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.  I think it will only add to my enjoyment and appreciation of one of the most wonderful American writers.  I’ve been to Monterey, another place that figured prominently in his works and I’ve been to Cannery Row.  However, I’ve not yet been able to visit the National Steinbeck Center.  Now that I live so far away, it will be more difficult but I’ll just have to make a point of reserving my ticket and actually visiting the only museum devoted to a single author, on one of my trips to the south.

Then I picked up Hemingway and he became a favorite but I’ll leave him for another Friday!

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