“We have so many beliefs we know are not true.” – p 31
In this sequel to “Cannery Row” we once again visit the small town by that same name. Steinbeck, however, takes a different approach to examining the town’s residents by having more dialogue and less description – more about the people and less about the place. A brief prologue by Mack sets the tone for this.
“There is one crime which is not defined but is definitely against the law. Hijinks are or is forbidden.” – p 51
The small town of Cannery Row has changed a bit since the last book. There’s been a world war, in which some of the citizens have lost their lives or have been forever changed. Lee Chong, the proprietor of the local store, has sold it to a Hispanic man named Joseph and Mary. Doc has returned from being an army medic to find his lab in shambles and a desperation in his heart to make his life meaningful. The Bear Flag is now under the leadership of Dora’s older sister, Fauna. And there’s a new resident stirring up trouble – her name is Suzy.
“A allergy is, you get sick when there’s something you don’t want to do.” – p 96
In this tale about Cannery Row, Mack and his comrades are up to their old tricks. They’ve noticed something is wrong with Doc and intend to do something about it. Enlisting the help of Fauna at the Bear Flag, Mack decides Doc needs a wife – the two opt for Suzy, who seems to be cut out of different material than the other working girls. Unfortunately for them, neither Suzy or Doc is open to being set up and it’ll take a future President of the United States to get things smoothly running in Cannery Row again.
John Steinbeck wrote this book and it was published in 1954.