Juan O Savin has charmed us again with some wisdom from the ages. The California Cork Oak was the setting for a true story of the grapes of wrath. When we left off with Juan he had been using a Red Sea Moment in ancient history, as an analogy for our present day situation. The grapes of wrath is a reference to a famous book by the great American author, John Steinbeck.
The story of the restoration of the 500 year old Cork Oak tree is a story you must hear for yourself. Here is some photos of Cork Oak to get an idea and when available the photo of Juan’s oak tree will be added here with this small gallery.
Quercus suber, commonly called the cork oak, is a medium-sized, evergreen oak tree in the section Quercus sect. Cerris. It is the primary source of cork for wine bottle stoppers and other uses, such as cork flooring and as the cores of cricket balls. It is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. In the Mediterranean basin the tree is an ancient species with fossil remnants dating back to the Tertiary period.
It endures drought and makes little demand on the soil quality. Cork oak forests are home to a multitude of animal and plant species. Since cork is increasingly being displaced by other materials as a bottle cap, these forests are at risk as part of the cultural landscape and animal species such as the Iberian lynx are threatened with extinction
The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. The book won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962.
Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they are trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California along with thousands of other “Okies” seeking jobs, land, dignity, and a future.
The Grapes of Wrath is frequently read in American high school and college literature classes due to its historical context and enduring legacy. A celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, was released in 1940.
It would be amiss for me to not mention that my cousin Kevin Kane had a rock band called “The Grapes of Wrath” no correlation but certainly worth listening to The Grapes Of Wrath – Peace Of Mind