Danny, a young man living in poverty and alcoholism in California, finds out after being released from prison that his grandfather has died, and Danny has inherited two houses. Soon, he has invited one friend to live with him, who invites another, who invites another, until the floor of the rooms are covered with peoples' belongings. Steinbeck describes in detail the escapades of the friends, from chasing women and buying them vacuum cleaners to rooting around the forest in the middle of the night trying to find gold, until one day, Danny begins to think about the old days, when he was free to sleep on the streets or in the forest, drink as much wine as he could afford and be put in jail, and have no place to live, and no one to have to come home to. He leaves his friends and spends a few days wandering the streets, before his friends convince him to come home again. However, Danny is still stir crazy. Can this friendship utopia last?
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Loosely based in the King Arthur's legend, as Steinbeck stated, war veteran Danny returns to his home in Tortilla Flat, and begins to drink heavily. He finds that his grandfather, a very respected citizen of Tortilla Flat, has just passed away and Danny inherits two of his houses.
Danny rents one of theses properties to Pilon and Pablo, friends of his also addicted to alcohol. They cheat each other, go after women and work part-time in the sea shore taking care of the goods.
Finally, they desire the money of a hard-working outcast named Pirate, who teaches them to respect each other's belongings and find peace in themselves. Danny has an epiphany as he realizes his life is repetitive and without direction and, not knowing quite sure what he needs, commits suicide while being drunk. The two properties burn down and the remaining friends split following different paths.
This report prepared by Augusto Wong Campos