What Do I Read Next?
The Red Pony, also by Steinbeck, was first published in 1937 and revised in 1945. It is the story of a boy's confrontation with death and his resulting maturation.
The Pearl, Steinbeck's last work of short fiction, was published in 1947. It is a parable of a poor fisherman who discovers a pearl of great value which brings evil to his family. Like "Flight," it is told in almost the tone and form of a folktale.
"The Bear,'' by William Faulkner is included in Go Down, Moses, first published in 1940. This story is really a novella in a collection of short stories, all set in a particular place, Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, and featuring characters who appear in more than one story. "The Bear" is the story of a sixteen-year-old boy who is finally allowed to hunt with the men. The main character seeks "to earn for himself the name and state of hunter." The novella displays the complex interrelationships among different races and social classes when a group of men go into the wilderness to hunt.
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway was published in 1952. This novella is told in the form of a fable that chronicles an old fisherman's struggle to land a legendary fish. The tone, like that of "Flight," is almost mythic.
Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, first published in 1970, is the chilling tale of a young girl's flight from her own identity in response to the pressures of racism, poverty, and brutality.
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko was published in 1977. It traces the efforts of Tayo, a young Native American soldier released from a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp after World War II to evade the memories and nightmares of his captivity. As he realizes that the country he fought for during the war has no place for him and that he has no role in his home pueblo, he is compelled to begin a quest to find—and heal—himself.