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In Monterey on the California coast Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday which is one of those days that are just natura. Dear Mack and the boys in Palace Flophouse I can t tell you how grateful I am for the advice you gave the author in the prologue You were entirely right and helped him write a masterpiece After all who would know better than you how to describe the intricate balance of talk action and hooptedoodle and chapters and settings and characters that form the unforgettable microcosm of Cannery Row Uninformed people might get the notion that Cannery Row is a hopeless dump filled with uneducated tricksters bums whores and criminals But that is not true at all Cannery Row is a place where people care for each other help out throw parties try to cheer each other up when they are depressed They fight for their right to their share of love peace and happiness and of course they suffer For they are humans First rate feeling acting living cheating drinking meddling humansStarting with good intentions and ambitions they screw up most of their projects and ruin themselves and each other in the process but they NEVER give up caring for Cannery Row and its inhabitants and trying to do things better next time despite repeated disastrous resultsSometimes that means throwing a masuerade party to raffle off the Palace Flophouse and a collective effort to get Doc married Sometimes it means breaking an arm as an act of compassion and sometimes it means faking a fake horoscope to relieve a poor hero s anxiety over the burden that he s destined to become the President of The United States Of AmericaIf Doc and Suzy had not ended up with each other against all odds they would have broken the hearts of Joseph and Mary Fauna Mack and the boys and especially Hazel who had to rise to unbelievable heights of thinking to solve Doc s problem Whoever can follow the scene where Mack emergency teaches Suzy how to drive a car with chalk drawn on the floor without laughing and crying has not got the Cannery Row spirit Whoever manages not to burst out in bitter laughter when Mack and the boys hand over the gift for Doc the biggest TELESCOPE in the catalogue has no heart for the creation of our father who art in nature as uoted in Cannery Row the preuel to Sweet Thursday Our Father who art in nature who has given the gift of survival to the coyote the common brown rat the English sparrow the house fly and the moth must have a great and overwhelming love for no goods and blots on the town and bums and Mack and the boys Virtues and graces and laziness and zest Our Father who art in nature What does it matter that it was a MICROSCOPE Doc needed After all Steinbeck manages to link the macro cosmos as seen in a telescope to the miniature world of Monterey by zooming in the cosmic microscope on the tiny dusty street of Cannery Row He re creates the nature of the whole world in a bitter sweet hilarious tale of heroic bums and loving hookersThis is Steinbeck at his best From first to last page I enjoyed every toss and turn of the story Steinbeck can make a literary home of anything just like Suzy can create a room for herself in a boilerAnd it is with bittersweet melancholy that I join Mack in his final caring statement closing the novel with a compliment for Hazel the unthinking bum with the biggest heart of all I think you d of made a hell of a president he said

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Sweet Thursday

Zens of a netherworld of laughter and tears from Fauna new headmistress of the local brothel to Hazel a bum whose mother must have wanted a daught. A good companion piece to CANNERY ROW I enjoyed this book

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Lly bad Returning to the scene of Cannery Row the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey John Steinbeck once brings to life the deni. I was in Monterey uite recently and even visited the Steinbeck house in Salinas so I thought it would be a damn good time to read another Steinbeck As per usual it was a really good read and as per usual I was right But then again it s always a good time to read SteinbeckHaving said that I do worry every time I read one of his books because all the character s always die and it will always be sad The amount of hyperbole in that previous sentence is nothing to the level of my forgetfulness when it comes to Steinbeck s solid sense of humor For like Cannery Row Sweet Thursday is actually a comedyThat makes sense since Sweet Thursday is a seuel to Cannery Row Most all of the old characters are back and their aims are almost exactly the same Poor old Doc is set upon once again by Mac and the boys in their attempts do something nice for their beloved friend Of course they have their own happiness in mind and their ways and means aren t conducive to well laid plans so yes things fall apart That s the whole point I could see someone docking the book for being a repeat and coasting on the coattails of a successful predecessor but that someone is a douche Shut up sit back and enjoy the fact that a major novelist gave you of a good thing


10 thoughts on “Sweet Thursday

  1. says:

    Dear Mack and the boys in Palace Flophouse I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the advice you gave the author in the prologue You were entirely right and helped him write a masterpiece After all who would know better

  2. says:

    Over the course of this year I have discovered an appreciation for American master story tellers I have noted in reviews that some of the books assigned to high school children may not be age appropriate and that one gets a deeper ap

  3. says:

    The War is over and life seems to go back to normal in Cannery Row Mack and the boys return to their feisty drinking at the Palace Flophouse and Fauna and the girls recover their usual business at the Bear Flag Companionship and good

  4. says:

    Sweet Thursday Cannery Row ReduxThe world is so full of a number of things I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings Happy Thought from a Child's Garden of Verse Robert Louis SteversonIf you love the works of J

  5. says:

    I was in Monterey uite recently and even visited the Steinbeck house in Salinas so I thought it would be a damn good time to read another Steinbeck As per usual it was a really good read and as per usual I was right But th

  6. says:

    A book that is a love story on three levels We have the love that Mack Hazel and the gang feel for Doc their friend and mentor They want to set him up with a home a girl and a microscope don't ask and almost but not uite get it rightWe have the slow burn love affair between Suzy and Doc From totally different backgrounds repelled and attract

  7. says:

    Published in 1954 John Steinbeck's seuel to Cannery Row arrived nine years after its predecessor and directly followed the monumental world building of East of Eden This might explain why Sweet Thursday is on much sober footing than Steinbeck's previous literary excursions to Monterey California; rather than lo

  8. says:

    Since listening to an audiobook edition of Cannery Row earlier this year and falling in love with both the characters and Steinbeck's writing I've looked forward to reading this seuel It's set about ten years after the events of Can

  9. says:

    A good companion piece to CANNERY ROW I enjoyed this book

  10. says:

    The second time this book has caught me by surprise He's got a very I wanna say astute but it's something else He just keeps gettin' like GOTCHA me Steinbeck has a voice I can tune in to It's weird like how singing voices resonate whether I like the music or not styles of writing they either rattle your bones or it's nothing Just a