I did see the movie some years ago, but I didn’t remember too much of it and I ended up reading the book because it seemed like a good option to buy in an airport book-store. It’s quite an impressive story, especially when reading it now, in the global context that we live in.
I don’t have so much time for books nowadays. My goodreads challenge gets smaller and smaller every year, but I do manage to select the books I want to read to make sure they are really worth it. Flowers for Algernon is one of the books I read recently and I just loved it. The story is very sensible and sad, but it shows all these great values that simple people still have and that we, living in a modern and consumerist society, tend to forget about.
The Grapes of Wrath, I think, is the kind of book that should teach you some important life lessons about true moral values, about family, about learning to appreciate what life gives you, instead of always envying others for what they have. It’s a book I would give my children to read so they understand what should really matter for them.
It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not…Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police.