Sweet Thursday


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Sweet Thursday (1954), the sequel to John Steinbeck's popular Cannery Row (1945), is set in post WW II in Monterey, California. Like in Cannery Row, the novel's action takes place near the now-defunct fish packing canneries that previously supported the local economy. The novel is pervaded by a sense of nostalgia as Doc returns to the wrecked Western Biological Laboratories after serving several years in the military. Not only are old friends dead and gone, but in his futile effort to write a scientific paper, Doc discovers he is intensely lonely.