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The Wayward Bus In His First Novel To Follow The Publication Of His Enormous Success, The Grapes Of Wrath , Steinbeck S Vision Comes Wonderfully To Life In This Imaginative And Unsentimental Chronicle Of A Bus Traveling California S Back Roads, Transporting The Lost And The Lonely, The Good And The Greedy, The Stupid And The Scheming, The Beautiful And The Vicious Away From Their Shattered Dreams And, Possibly, Toward The Promise Of The Future This Edition Features An Introduction By Gary ScharnhorstFor Than Seventy Years, Penguin Has Been The Leading Publisher Of Classic Literature In The English Speaking World With Than , Titles, Penguin Classics Represents A Global Bookshelf Of The Best Works Throughout History And Across Genres And Disciplines Readers Trust The Series To Provide Authoritative Texts Enhanced By Introductions And Notes By Distinguished Scholars And Contemporary Authors, As Well As Up To Date Translations By Award Winning Translators

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  • 21 November 2018
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  1. says:

    steinbeck pulverizes me i m not the type to get choked up by calling card commercials or whose heart swells with the violins at the end of a sappy movie, but steinbeck has a heart seeking missile aimed directly at me, and he knows just how to find my emotional center this has always been my favorite of steinbeck s works, even though it is a shortish one in which very little actually happens but steinbeck s strength, for me, has always been his characters, and this is one prolonged character s steinbeck pulverizes me i m not the type to get choked up by calling card commercials or whose heart swells with the violins at the end of a sappy movie, but steinbeck has a heart seeking missile aimed directly at me, and he knows just how to find my emotional center this has always been my favorite of steinbeck s works, even though it is a shortish one in which very little actually happens but steinbeck s strength, for me, has always been his characters, and this is one prolonged character study of people in transition hoping to move on, but unlikely to ever change their ways or make any staggering improvements in their lives bring me your poor, your tired, your unlovable and i will make you love them this is the foundation for any steinbeck novel his instinct is to celebrate these characters, with their flawed dignity and big dreams having read this myself in high school, living out my own small town blues experience although hopefullylovable than some of these people , steinbeck was a discovery for me about the spirit of america nobody does it better, or in a way that encapsulatesof the emotional landscape of this country than steinbeck does how can someone feel trapped in a country this big, with all its possibilities but that s the tragic irony of desperate humanity so much cake to eat, but you ain t going nowhere


  2. says:

    i saw Dusty reading this and asked him what it was all about he said it was hard to say, it was about life and people and what a countertop looks like and what a place feels like and how people think or not think at least i imagine that s what he said, its been a month or so he also said that Steinbeck was his favorite author he finished reading the book and then gave it to me i would say that Dusty is my friend, sure, why not.The Wayward Bus is about a bunch of people in post WW 2 america i saw Dusty reading this and asked him what it was all about he said it was hard to say, it was about life and people and what a countertop looks like and what a place feels like and how people think or not think at least i imagine that s what he said, its been a month or so he also said that Steinbeck was his favorite author he finished reading the book and then gave it to me i would say that Dusty is my friend, sure, why not.The Wayward Bus is about a bunch of people in post WW 2 america it features a pimply and testosterone filled youth, a homely waitress, a smokin hot stripper, a conformist old executive his quietly manipulative wife their independent daughter, an angry old man, a war vet turned traveling salesman, a horrible and self loathing wife and her husband a man at least that s how Steinbeck takes pains to describe him, repeatedly what is a man have i met one anyway, all these people meet up at a diner and most of them get on a bus together, and that s the novel The Wayward Bus is about Wayward People orspecifically, people who are in transition or who want to be in transition or who are experiencing a moment in their lives where transition could potentially happen, if they let it if that transition is the right thing to do what is the right thing to do i don t know.Dusty is my BIL s younger brother he seems to always be in transition what is he doing right now i don t know i see him during the Christmas holidays, we usually crash in my sister s living room, we watch our nephews open gifts, we drink some drinks, we have Christmas dinner together, we go our separate ways before Christmas i usually take him and the rest of the family out to a really nice dinner that s my Christmas gift to them all it is the kind of anonymous expensive gift that is very easy for a bachelor like myself to give all it requires is a lot of money and very little thought Dusty gives me good gifts for Christmas he thinks about his gifts they are meaningful, and personally meaningful to me he has the gift of giving thoughtful gifts i think i used to have that gift as well did i lose it Steinbeck is a brilliant writer, let s just get that out of the way his prose is genuinely amazing cliche time he is a painter using words his writing absorbed me but a depressing kind of absorbing he describes these characters inside and out, you know what they look like and how they will react in a given situation he contextualizes them he supplies the macro and the micro he beautifully describes these characters surroundings, natural or man made, the history of a particular setting, what it looks and smells and feels like, the resonance of a place he moves from that to what a countertop looks like, a small and under furnished room, a bus lots lots of bus , a cave, a barn, an abandoned house my God, the man describes the inner life of a fly right before it is crushed the novel feels both big and small he gets into these characters heads, he shows the why and the how and the what if of their waywardness, their possible and impossible transitions and journeys he makes you know them even the angry old man even he gets his reason why, his context, his pain fear longing, even he is made whole for the reader for some readers, he makes you love them, or at least able to empathize with them but not for this reader thanks to Steinbeck, i know them i guess but empathize probably not they seem to exist solely to carry out the stereotypical functions of their gender, to obsess about sex, about power, to dream of freedom, to dream big and then act small i don t like these characters are lives really so small maybe it is a smallness in me that refuses to recognize their needs and desires as my own, to dismiss them as stereotypes i suppose so yeah, Steinbeck is a brilliant writer he makes me understand these characters enough to make this reader s skin crawl at the thought of them.Dusty is in the military sorta he s out now but still connected he s young and handsome so they feature him in videos on youtube where he explains how the military counters terrorist threats and how to use various weapons Dusty has been in Iraq Dusty is a Buddhist i think he appreciates eastern philosophies and dislikes material possessions and wants to work with his hands, preferably in nature i don t know if he has Big Goals in his life but he is a thinker he thinks and then he switches up his life then he thinks again, and switches it all up again he is a Wayward Bus kinda guy.i am not a Wayward Bus kinda guy this is an incredible book in many ways but i did not connect with it i don t appreciate its take on human nature it depressed me, these characters depressed me sometimes i look at things like The Wayward Bus and am reminded that i may have smarts but i don t think i have a lot of depth i am content and usually just want to be left alone i m not Wayward, i m the opposite, i m here to stay i look at these characters and sometimes they are like bugs to me, like that fly getting crushed in that cake Dusty looks at them and he sees real people he empathizes with them, their situation resonates with him, he connects why is that i look at Dusty and i see a real person don t i what is a real person anyway.despite all the wayward and meandering existential angst above, i think this is a brilliant book you should read it i loved it and yet i didn t like it very much you can love something without liking it, right


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    The Wayward Bus was John Steinbeck s follow up to his Pulitzer Prize winner The Grapes of Wrath It most certainly suffered for it Published in 1947, readers had waited eight years for a new novel from Steinbeck, who set the Joads on the road to California in 1939 and wouldn t publish his next novel until 1952, when he dispatched Adam Trask west to meet his destiny in East of Eden Readers seem to have let The Wayward Bus fall into a crease on the map between the two novels, but I was absolutel The Wayward Bus was John Steinbeck s follow up to his Pulitzer Prize winner The Grapes of Wrath It most certainly suffered for it Published in 1947, readers had waited eight years for a new novel from Steinbeck, who set the Joads on the road to California in 1939 and wouldn t publish his next novel until 1952, when he dispatched Adam Trask west to meet his destiny in East of Eden Readers seem to have let The Wayward Bus fall into a crease on the map between the two novels, but I was absolutely enthralled by it Unfolding over a twenty four hour period, it s a measured but acute study of characters trying to get away from themselves.The story begins at a crossroads forty two miles south of San Ysidro, California where Steinbeck s history and imagination are shaken up in ways that could not be anything other than delightful to the reader Rebel Corners got its name in 1862 It is said that a family named Blanken kept a smithy at the crossroads The Blankens and their son in law were poor, ignorant, proud, and violent Kentuckians Having no furniture and no property, they brought what they had with them from the East their prejudices and their politics Having no slaves, they were ready, nevertheless, to sell their lives for the free principle of slavery When the war began, the Blankens discussed traveling back across the measureless West to fight for the Confederacy But it was a long way and they had crossed once, and it was too far Thus it was that in a California which was preponderantly for the North, the Blankens seceded a hundred and sixty acres and a blacksmith shop from the Union and joined Blanken Corners to the Confederacy It is also said that they dug trenches and cut rifle slits in the blacksmith shop to defend the rebellious island from the hated Yankees And the Yankees, who were mostly Mexicans and Germans and Irish and Chinese, far from attacking the Blankens, were rather proud of them The Blankens had never lived so well, for the enemy brought chickens and eggs and pork sausage in slaughter time, because everyone thought that, regardless of the cause, such courage should be recognized Their place took the name Rebel Corners and has kept it to this day.A general store diner service station has been built on Rebel Corners amid the shade of great white oaks that have stood for generations The establishment is owned and operated by Juan Chicoy and his wife Alice Some fifty years old, Juan is a handsome man, part Mexican and part Irish From the hours of ten thirty to four, Juan drives an old four cylinder bus lovingly known as Sweetheart between Rebel Corners and San Juan de la Cruz, where passengers dropped off at his crossroads can be picked by another Greyhound bus to points north or south Alice runs the diner and has become increasingly nervous as she ages, anxious that her husband might one day leave her.A busted transmission on Sweetheart has stranded several passengers bound for San Juan de la Cruz at the crossroads until morning, where they stay as guests of the Chicoys and their two employees Juan s apprentice is a sugar loving layabout with an unfortunate case of acne and the name to go with it Pimples Carson Norma is the waitress, a shy and nubile girl who writes love letters to Clark Gable and fantasizes about moving to Hollywood When Alice wakes up evennervous than usual and is caught rifling through Norma s letters, the waitress quits She boards the bus for San Juan de la Cruz with the other passengers Elliot Pritchard is vice president of a midsize corporation taking his family on a trip to Mexico against his will Elliot is a proliferate joiner who finds himself intimidated by strangers who don t belong to his company, club, church or political party or their prescribed way of thinking Bernice Pritchard imagines every setback on the trip as a potential episode she can impress her friends with She keeps her husband and daughter in line by suffering from stress related headaches when she feels she needs to Mildred Pritchard is a student athlete proud of the secrets she keeps from her parents, namely the two lovers she s taken while away at college She is sexually attracted to Juan and wonders if her parents might drop dead if they only knew Mildred was looking at Juan, fascinated There was something in this dark man with his strange warm eyes that moved her She felt drawn to him She wanted to attract his attention, his special attention, to herself She had thrown back her shoulders so that her breasts were lifted Why did you leave Mexico she asked, and she took off her glasses so that when he answered he would see her without them She leaned on the table, and put her forefinger to the corner of her left eye, and pulled the sin and eyelid backward This changed the focus of her eye She could see his faceclearly that way It also gave her eyes a long and languorous shape, and her eyes were beautiful. Ernest Horton is a war veteran who works as a traveling salesman for a novelties company Energetic and bright, his approval becomes very important to Mr Pritchard, who is alarmed when the young man fails to see as much hope in the future as the business executive does Mr Van Brunt is a misanthrope who uses his knowledge of their route, their local geography and the weather to contradict Juan at every opportunity Van Brunt has a court date he wishes to keep and makes sure everyone knows it He later approaches Mildred to tell her that her skirt is showing A mysterious blonde reveals her name to be Camille Oaks, a dental nurse on her way to Los Angeles Camille is a stripper whose constitution and genetic gifts have given her certain powers over men She recognizes Mr Pritchard from one the stag parties she worked and uses Norma in an attempt to keep him and the other male passengers from trying to get her alone.Steinbeck puts these characters in motion on the highway to San Juan de la Cruz, where a cloudburst above Pine Canyon has raised the San Ysidro River up to a foot an hour Juan stops the bus at Breed s Service Station, where Mr and Mrs Breed serve as the unofficial custodians of the bridge over the river Juan doesn t know if the bus can make it safely across and puts their options up for a vote take their chances on an unsafe bridge, turn back to Rebel Corners, or try their luck with an old stage road that goes up the side of the mountain The old road is the winner.In The Wayward Bus, Steinbeck goes considerable lengths to make the bus into a character as well Hanging from the top of the windshield were the penates a baby s shoe that s for protection, fo the stumbling feet of a baby require the constant caution and aid of God and a tiny boxing glove and that s for power, the power of the fist on the driving forearm, the drive of the piston pushing its connecting rod, the power of person as responsible and proud individual There hung also on the windshield a little plastic kewpie doll with a cerise and green ostrich feather headdress and provocative sarong And this was for the pleasures of the flesh and of the eye, of the nose, of the ear When the bus was in motion these hanging items spun and jerked and swayed in front of the driver s eye.Any apocalyptic science fiction novel dealing with a band of survivors as they make their way across inhospitable territory is essentially The Wayward Bus The only elements missing here are zombies and attacks John Stienbeck tells stories like a man who s traveled far, loved and lusted deeply, drank and fought fiercely, and when he settled down, opened up a bookstore His novels are like a leather bound books he s pulling off a shelf, blowing dust off and reading They start with history that comes to life with action and wit and pathos and sets the stage for his characters, all of whom I felt like I ve met.Another thing I noted in this novel is how Steinbeck is fearless in exploring the darker or seemlier side of nearly all of his characters Some of them let their demons get the better of them with wildly inappropriate behavior alcoholism, sexual abuse, emotional blackmail while others feel those genies stirring in the lamp and clamp the lid on tight It probably should go without saying at this point Steinbeck is one America s great authors but there isn t a Mary Sue lurking her perfect head anywhere in this book If there s anyone approaching a central character, it s Juan Chicoy, and he comes right out and tells one of his passengers what s on his mindSure, it s all right He leaned his arms on the counter and spoke confidentially I get fed up sometimes I drive that damn bus back and forth and back and forth Sometimes I d like to take and just head for the hills I read about a ferryboat captain in New York who just headed out to sea one day and they never heard from him again Maybe he sunk and maybe he s tied up on an island some place I understand that man I understand that Steinbeck is my favorite author and remains so after reading this novel


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    My favorite present was when I was 15 or 16 A Christmas There were clothes and things But my brother wrapped two paperback books for me The Catcher in the Rye and The Grapes of Wrath Two days later I was an addict.I was also a completist Down went the other Salingers quickly And Steinbeck Well, he was God I had read maybe a dozen orof his books before Travels with Charley and I had my moment of doubt What kind of man owns a poodle And so there was a hiatus, if you can call forty My favorite present was when I was 15 or 16 A Christmas There were clothes and things But my brother wrapped two paperback books for me The Catcher in the Rye and The Grapes of Wrath Two days later I was an addict.I was also a completist Down went the other Salingers quickly And Steinbeck Well, he was God I had read maybe a dozen orof his books before Travels with Charley and I had my moment of doubt What kind of man owns a poodle And so there was a hiatus, if you can call forty years a hiatus What would an old favorite be like after all these years _____ _____ _____ _____Unlikeable people are at a crossroads, figuratively in their lives, and literally at Rebel Corners, an American crossroads where you have to be if you want to go somewhere else It s a 1950 s movie, just before color The players are of a type, but they don t wear well now, oddlydated than Dickens.Maybe like Vonnegut, you have to read Steinbeck at a certain age of life._____ _____ _____ _____I ll retell the Pancho Villa storyHe used to tell one about Pancho Villa He said a poor woman came to Villa and said You have shot my husband and now I and the little ones will starve Well, Villa had plenty of money then He had the presses and he was printing his own He turned to his treasurer and said, Roll out five kilos of twenty peso bills for this poor woman He wasn t even counting it, he had so much So they did and they tied the bills together with wire and that woman went out Well, then a sergeant said to Villa, There was a mistake, my general We did not shoot that woman s husband He got drunk and we put him in jail Then Pancho Villa said, Go immediately and shoot him We cannot disappoint that poor woman _____ _____ _____ _____A husband and wife are artificially polite A hired hand is ravaged by pimples and desire A waitress has Hollywood dreams A daughter hides a life as other lives are hidden from her A malcontent A returning veteran A woman with a fake name and easy way about her that changes every man aboard Alice stays behind and goes all Elizabeth Taylor drunk although Joan Collins plays her in the movie And her husband Juan, Mexican and Irish, drives the bus, a heathen making bets with a plastic Virgin of Guadalupe, to flee or stay _____ _____ _____ _____One of the passengers, Norma, came to the defense of CamilleI hit him, she said I hit him because he said you were a tramp Camille looked quickly away She stared across the valley where the last of the sun was disappearing behind the mountains and she rubbed her cheek with her hand Her eyes were dull And she forced them to take on life and she forced them to smile and she gave the smile to Norma Look, kid, she said You ll just have to believe this until you find out for yourself everybody s a tramp some time or other Everybody And the worst tramps of all are the ones that call it something else _____ _____ _____ _____We get tossed together We act We get by, but we re plagued with doubts and dreams Some know some never will Some lie to others some to ourselves It s bleak, a black and white film Memorable Read it before it turns sepia


  5. says:

    John Steinbeck is one of my favourite writers The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, East of Eden masterpieces all Even his less important novels like Cannery Row and its sequel Sweet Thursday, as well as his nonfiction book, Travels with Charley, where he goes on an RV tour of America with his poodle Charley, are superb.He s written some stinkers too though The Red Pony and The Short Reign of Pippin IV are both tedious and Tortilla Flat is just ghastly Unfortunately The Wayward Bus is on John Steinbeck is one of my favourite writers The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, East of Eden masterpieces all Even his less important novels like Cannery Row and its sequel Sweet Thursday, as well as his nonfiction book, Travels with Charley, where he goes on an RV tour of America with his poodle Charley, are superb.He s written some stinkers too though The Red Pony and The Short Reign of Pippin IV are both tedious and Tortilla Flat is just ghastly Unfortunately The Wayward Bus is one of the latter Set in post war America, a bus breaks down in a rural Californian pitstop so the passengers hunker down in the cafe for the night They get into the bus in the morning, it breaks down again, and the novel s over Why Steinbeck s writing is still good as always I could very clearly see everything he described and the characters are well written but I wish the novel had a point I guess it s about the characters who are all at change moments in their wayward lives or something Maybe the meandering style is meant to be reflective of the theme Maybe the cast are a microcosm of American society in the midst of a transformative state following the Second World War, on their way to becoming something else It still doesn t make the book any less dull to read The Wayward Bus is one of Steinbeck s minor works for a reason it doesn t seem to have a point and if it does it doesn t express it either strongly or memorably I was very bored for most of the novel which is disappointing as Steinbeck usually produces good stuff I don t know who this book would appeal to but I d say even Steinbeck fans needn t bother with it


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    1947.


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    I should put this under poetry I should put all Steinbeck under poetry.One of the unfortunate victims of teaching and especially student teaching are the books we seek to read outside of scouring the curriculum day in and day out I started this sorry soul about two months ago, and even though my heart swelled each time I picked it up, I was lucky to get a page in between finishing lesson planning at night and passing out as soon as my head hit the pillow GAH And so, out of defiance of gett I should put this under poetry I should put all Steinbeck under poetry.One of the unfortunate victims of teaching and especially student teaching are the books we seek to read outside of scouring the curriculum day in and day out I started this sorry soul about two months ago, and even though my heart swelled each time I picked it up, I was lucky to get a page in between finishing lesson planning at night and passing out as soon as my head hit the pillow GAH And so, out of defiance of getting ahead on JC as well as insomnia that is once again rattling my aching brain and soul, I let this book take me until 3 AM when I finally finished it once and for all Can I get an AMEN And up until about where I picked it up last night about 60 pages from the end I liked it a whole lot I was prepared to give it four stars, but I realized when I picked it up again last night that I had hit the story s climax, and everything else came tumbling down in its brilliance and humanity It s exactly the kind of book I like It spans the course of one single day I love that kind of real time in a book And really, it s all about people waiting around for a bus in Steinbeck s good old late 1940s Californiathat s about it So ultimately this is a book solely concerned with characterization, and it s obvious that Steinbeck deeply loved every single one Every character was deeply felt, deeply created I effortlessly knew them all And it s all about sex, reminding us how fundamentally hilarious and fundamentally animal a game it really just is Clark Gable, Mother Mahoney s Home Baked Pies, whisky, and lipstick I also realized at the end that Woody Allen got the premise to every one of his movies through this book, which still allows me to enjoy Allen, but it makes me adore Steinbeck, swear my allegiance further.That s it My brain s fried Go read a book for your ol pal, Lindsay


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    It s fair to say that John Steinbeck did not write the same book twice, even if he re explored some of the same themes and used similar and often archetypal characters This novel was published in 1947 and was Steinbeck s second novel since the 1938 publication of The Grapes of Wrath The success of that novel made a rod for Steinbeck s back, as throughout of his life and beyond readers and critics compared everything he wrote to it Well, just to get it out of the way, this is not another It s fair to say that John Steinbeck did not write the same book twice, even if he re explored some of the same themes and used similar and often archetypal characters This novel was published in 1947 and was Steinbeck s second novel since the 1938 publication of The Grapes of Wrath The success of that novel made a rod for Steinbeck s back, as throughout of his life and beyond readers and critics compared everything he wrote to it Well, just to get it out of the way, this is not another Grapes of Wrath It s a small novel, with the action compressed into a single day The characters, individuals representing up to a point certain stock types, form a disaparate group which sets out on a bus journey On the bus are Juan Chicoy his initials are no coincidence who is an Irish Mexican bus driver and service station owner On the bus with him are his over sexed teenage mechanic, a self absorbed businessman, the businessman s manipulative wife and dissatisfied daughter, a war veteran who works as a novelty salesman, a curmudgeonly elderly man whose life work is to nay say, a beautiful woman who wants a different kind of life to the one she s been leading and the Chicoys former lunchroom waitress, a young woman obsessed with Hollywood in general and Clark Gable in particular The narrative is in the third person, with shifting points of view and an uncomplicated linear progression The point of the work is not so much the plot because not a lot happens butthe characters internal conflicts and Steinbeck s critique of post WWII American society Steinbeck sets the work in a fictionalised Salinas valley and starts it with a quote from Everyman, the 15th century English morality play This is a clue to the fact that the characters representthan themselves and are to an extent allegorical figures That they go on a journey together led by a character with the initials JC deepens the allegory, even if the behaviour of some of the characters Juan Chicoy included doesn t lend itself to easy interpretation in an Everyman context The novel has features which I identify with Steinbeck s writing, including powerful, crisp prose and a strong sense of place I enjoyed reading it, although it s probably one for Steinbeck completists rather than for readers who have not read Steinbeck before 3.5 stars That s if Cannery Row is counted as a novel Steinbeck bibiliographies tend to refer to it as one, although in many ways the work isa series of linked vignettes or a short story cycle


  9. says:

    Primo approccio con Steinbeck, romanzo corale ricchissimo di descrizioni minuziose personaggi perfettamente delineati, ambientazioni rese fino al pi piccolo dettaglio rendono il microcosmo della corriera una piacevole e divertente lettura.


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    Brilliant Reading Steinbeck is like reading a perfect character study The talent here is that it s a character study of 10 different characters in a novel of only 260 pages And it s one of those rare occasions where an omniscient third person point of view coupled with an intrusive narrator in anything but annoying in fact, Steinbeck couldn t have possibly achieved this level of complex characterisation in so little space otherwise I came across a lot of reviews that say nothing much happen Brilliant Reading Steinbeck is like reading a perfect character study The talent here is that it s a character study of 10 different characters in a novel of only 260 pages And it s one of those rare occasions where an omniscient third person point of view coupled with an intrusive narrator in anything but annoying in fact, Steinbeck couldn t have possibly achieved this level of complex characterisation in so little space otherwise I came across a lot of reviews that say nothing much happens in the novel, if plot is what is being referred to, then that s true but to claim such an overarching generalisation is ridiculous because every line of dialogue, every thought and every action is representative of this group of characters emotional turmoils and social anxieties, their needs and dreams, all bubbling up as they are forced to interact together in an otherwise unusual situation What a lovely read to kickstart 2016

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