Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Unburdened by the material necessities of the more fortunate, the denizens of Cannery Row discover rewards unknown in more traditional society.
Henri the painter sorts through junk lots for pieces of wood to incorporate into the boat he is building, while the girls from Dora Flood’s bordello venture out now and then to enjoy a bit of sunshine. Lee Chong stocks his grocery with almost anything a man could want, and Doc, a young marine biologist who ministers to sick puppies and unhappy souls, unexpectedly finds true love.
Cannery Row is just a few blocks long, but the story it harbors is suffused with warmth, understanding, and a great fund of human values.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I hated Tortilla Flat which is also set in Monterey and so I was a little apprehensive about Cannery Row. However, this was an enjoyable read.
I love Monterey and I'm very familiar with Cannery Row as it is today. The story here, if you can call it that, isn't particularly happy, but it's interesting and compelling. The characters are motley and colorful and as you move through their stories, they are certainly entertaining. Cannery Row was its own little community within Monterey and this is a funny, poignant glimpse into history.
Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. You can purchase your own copy here.
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