Cannery Row

Will someone please tell me if Ed Mcbain was a fan of John Steinbeck? The seamless joining of love and compassion with cynicism... So much of Steinbeck's sentences reminds me of Ed Mcbain. (This is an asinine comment to make but complimentary as you would know if you have heard me raving about Ed.)

Cannery Row is lovely. Follow Mack and friends around Monterey as they redefine beauty and contentment. He wrote the book, he claimed, as "a kind of nostalgic thing.... for a group of soldiers who had said to me: 'Write something funny that isn't about the war. Write something for us to read -- we're sick of war."

A life-affirming and exquisite book.


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