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Sweet Thursday (Penguin Classics) (original 1954; edition 2008)

by John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Editor)

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Title:Sweet Thursday (Penguin Classics)
Authors:John Steinbeck
Other authors:Robert DeMott (Editor)
Info:Penguin Classics (2008), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:Your library, Read in 2012
Tags:Classic, Fiction

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Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck (1954)

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    Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (HollyMS)
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    The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck (jlelliott)
    jlelliott: In the appendix to The Log of the Sea of Cortez Steinbeck tells the stories of the real denizens of Cannery Row, inspiration for the characters in Sweet Thursday.
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    The Hamlet by William Faulkner (Cecilturtle)

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Liked this considerably more than its predecessor Cannery Row, beacause I loved that movie, and most of its story is found in this book and not the other. There are a few bits of cringingly racist dialogue that reflect the times in which the story took place, but overall I found it entertaining and sometimes howlingly funny. I found in reading the most familiar parts, the voice of John Huston narrating in my head, which was very pleasant indeed. I'd still recommend reading Cannery Row first, since the second book leans on it a little, at least in the beginning. ( )
  unclebob53703 | Jun 9, 2017 |
John Steinbeck found something funny in Monterey, California. The three novels he set in the city make up the author's three most recognized comedies (his only comedies, I believe, with the exception of the satirical ...Pippin IV). In Sweet Thursday, Steinbeck returns to the characters and setting of his earlier novel Cannery Row. Some of the Row's characters have moved on and others have moved in. If you've read Cannery Row or Steinbeck's first visit to Monterey, Tortilla Flat, then you're already aware of the type of story at hand.

Of the three, I enjoyed Sweet Thursday most. In part, I believe this is because of the style of comedy Steinbeck employs in Sweet Thursday. In his earlier novels, much of the hilarity relies on drunken antics. Sure, drunk people can do funny things, but you can only laugh at a village of drunken idiots so long before you begin to feel bad for them and the comedy loses its effect. In Sweet Thursday the laughs are more situational and character driven.

Another reason I think Sweet Thursday succeeded more in reaching me is due to the structure of the novel—it felt more like a complete novel. Although Steinbeck's earlier comedic attempts certainly had an overarching story, they descended into many vignettes that were entertaining, but took me out of the story. With Sweet Thursday the entire story centers on curing the loneliness that ails Doc. There's romance and sacrifice and only the occasional drunken moment. Lastly, Sweet Thursday seemed to me the most simple and profound of the three novels.

Given my dramatic nature, Steinbeck's more comedic novels could never take the place of greats like East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, or The Winter of Our Discontent, but I enjoyed my visits to Monterey nonetheless. And I wonder, what is Monterey, California, truly like? ( )
1 vote chrisblocker | Sep 26, 2014 |
A sequel to Cannery Row. This one is more plot-driven and not so much a series of vignettes, as Cannery Row was, even though it is its sequel and carries on the stories of nearly the same characters and the same setting. This picks up after the interruption of World War II, after Doc returns from the battlefield. He has changed inwardly, lacking the satisfaction with his life that he enjoyed before. His friends at the Palace Flophouse and the Bear Flag attempt with humorous and poignant results to come to his rescue.
1 vote FancyHorse | Apr 11, 2014 |
"En dejlig Torsdag" er en ægte Steinbeck. Dagen kan være så sort den vil denne bog funkler.
TOM Kristensen
(paratekst fra bogens forside) ( )
  Biblofilter | Dec 21, 2013 |
Continuation of the stories of the crowd on Cannery Row. Loved both books. ( )
1 vote stuart10er | Nov 5, 2013 |
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One night Mack lay back on his bed in the Palace Flophouse and he said, "I ain't never been satisfied with that book Cannery Row. I would of went about it different."
If only people would give the thought, the care, the judgment to international affairs, to politics, even to their jobs, that they lavish on what to wear to a masquerade, the world would run in greased grooves.
The canneries themselves fought the war by getting the limit taken off fish and catching them all. It was done for patriotic reasons, but that didn't bring the fish back. As with the oysters in Alice, 'They'd eaten every one.' It was the same noble impulse that stripped the forests of the West and right now is pumping water out of California's earth faster than it can rain back in. When the desert comes, people will be sad; just as Cannery Row was sad when all the pilchards were caught and canned and eaten
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In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears, from Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter.… (more)

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