|Cannery Row, Monterey, in the '30's.|
Every now and then one needs a respite, or escape, from whatever current man-made maelstroms or natural catastrophes fill up the newspapers and TV and Web. That respite is now afforded me by John Steinbeck's post-war novel Cannery Row. Apparently, literary critics could not pardon the author for writing anything less than Grapes of Wrath. But there is humble yet moving truth, and humor and warmth in CR's characters and episodes. Sad to say, today's Cannery Row is essentially a theme park.