Tortilla Flat (Penguin, 1977)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008



I think of Tortilla Flat as a truly Buddhist book. One of Steinbeck's early novels, and a sort of parody of Arthurian legends, it follows the adventures and misadventures (mostly misadventures) of a group of wine-loving Spanish/Indian paisanos in Monterey, California. More than any other story I have read it captures the essence of living in the moment, valuing friends and companions over all, and not being owned and burdened by possessions.

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