15 December 2007

A Little Land

I'm currently reading The Grapes of Wrath and the Joad family has just made their way into California. An image Steinbeck presents repeatedly is that land equals food. All they needed was a little piece of land with some water and they would be alright.

Meg and I are not in the same situation in any way; our reasons for gardening are to have a closer relationship with the earth and the food we eat (I'm sure there is a little politics sprinkled in there too). Yet, as I read what these folk had to go through (although it is fiction, it is based on fact), my appreciation for what we have and what we are able to achieve becomes so much more.


Wonderful World of Weiners said...

What an amazing book - haven't read it in years - maybe I'll pick it back up!

You've inspired me!


Kelly said...

I'm glad to hear from another fan of books. If you're looking for some winter reads, let us also suggest Michael Pollan. Meg read one of his books last week and now is on a second this week. His topics really put you in the mood for food. Cheers.

Wicked Gardener said...

If you like the book now, wait until the last two pages. It is one of those books that goes from good to outstanding in the last two pages. I've always said that book makes me hungry. The food doesn't sound so good, but it is written with such lush descriptions and they are so happy to have it that I would get hungry for some stew everytime I read it.