Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

tortilla flatIn the city of Monterey, California

exists a small district known as Tortilla Flat. Danny, a former Mexican soldier, goes back home to Tortilla Flat after World War I. He is troubled by the uncertainties of his life as a newly retired soldier, as he ponders these issues with his friends. Danny is then reminded of his inheritance of two houses from his grandfather and invites his friends to rent Danny’s other house. However, one of his houses catch on fire, so the friends agree to live together in one house. They begin to establish their own daily routines and are soon confronted by several more reunions with old friends, temptations to betray their ireplaceable bond, and are inspired to help the misfortune of many others.

It is a novel with light pieces of humor throughout the story and portrays many deep morals through uniquely developed characters. However, it progresses slowly in the beginning and can become confusing with the introduction of several characters at once.

This novel will likely appeal to those who appreciate literature with deep symbolism and enjoy reading about strong friendships. It is a piece told strongly in the perspective of men, which would probably be less intresting to girls.

Steinbeck effectively uses symbolism as he illustrates the mens’ powerful bond, which is ignited by their friend Danny; who offers to share his house with his friends when the other one burns down. Their relationship also disbands by a fire which destroys the last ties of their connection.

Overall, I would recommend this book to my classmates. It is a very meaningful story which can influence insightful thoughts and realizations. It also possesses many messages behind the events, characters, and outcomes in the novel.

by Vicky

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