Sweet Thursday, Paperback
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In Monterey, on the California Coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday - one of those days that's just bad from the start.

But Sweet Thursday is sunny and clear, a day when anything can happen.

Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, Steinbeck brilliantly creates its bawdy, high-spirited world of bums, drunks and hookers, telling the story of what happened to everyone after the war.

There are colourful characters old and new, all united by love, laughter and tears: Fauna, the latest madam at the Bear Flag brothel, Doc, still there for everyone else but feeling strangely sad himself, and Suzy, the new hustler in town who might just be the girl to save him.




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This book is a sequel to Steinbeck's delightful Cannery Row. I thoroughly enjoyed Cannery Row, but think I loved this one even more. It's full of the same good humor and the same sweet but sometimes misguided characters. You know how sometimes you read a book and it just gives you warm fuzzies? Well, that's what this one did for me. (I'm guessing Steinbeck is rolling over in his grave at that description.)I don't know why it took me so long to realize how much I like Steinbeck's writing. Today, I bought a copy of The Pearl and The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights, and I'll probably get a copy of Tortilla Flat the next time I go to the bookstore.

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