Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Tortilla Flat
John Steinbeck


Steinbeck’s first major critical and commercial success, Tortilla Flat is also his funniest novel. Danny is a paisano, descended from the original Spanish settlers who arrived in Monterey, California, centuries before. He values friendship abovemoney and possessions, so that when he suddently inherits two houses, Danny is quick to offer shelter to his fellow gentlemen of the road.¬†Their love of freedom and scorn for material things draw them into daring and often hilarious adventures. Until Danny, tiring of his new reponsibilities, suddenly disappears….

Paperback, 192pp
Penguin Books, 2000 (1935)
ISBN 9780141185118