Eighty years ago today John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flats was published.
Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey,California and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur’s castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging. These “knights” are paisanos, men of mixed heritage, whose ancestors settled California hundreds of years before. Free of ties to jobs and other complications of the American way of life, they fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil in the surrounding ocean of civil rectitude.
Sounds interesting. I’ve put it on my to read list. My husband doesn’t like Steinbeck because his writing is often depressing. I’d have to agree with that observation, but I can read most anything if it’s good writing. I’ll let you know once I read this one.