Set in Monterey, California, Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row, and Sweet Thursday, have become classic fare for both students and aficionados of American literature. Inspired by Arthurian legend, Tortilla Flat became popular in its own time as an escape from the daily grind of the Great Depression. Danny and his friends are paisanos, people of mixed breed who claim pure Spanish descent, live by their own rules, and decline the burden of honest toil. When Danny inherits his grandfather's house, it becomes a sort of Round Table for them, a place to find companionship, to drink wine, and to share stories. These colorful innocents are bound together by loyalty and by their search for their own version of the Holy Grail. John McDonough's superb narration animates this compelling testament to hard times when friendship and a code of honor were worth more than gold. Danny's story is as moving today as it was a generation ago.
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by John Ehle
by John Steinbeck
by John Dos Passos
"With graceful pacing and grandfatherly tenderness John McDonough reads Steinbeck's tribute to the simple paisanos of TORTILLA FLAT. One imagines it a tenderness born of understanding. His voice breaks at the pain, shakes at the outrage, and smiles at the gentle mercies the paisanos render one another. TORTILLA FLAT, however, is no Camelot, as some critics have said. Danny and his friends are not Arthur and his knights, but their return from the war as heroes of a sort, Danny's inheritance of a house and the adventures they pursue are brightened by the quiet magic of McDonough's reading. P.E.F. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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