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by John Steinbeck

Other authors: Robert DeMott (Editor), Elaine A. Steinbeck (Editor)

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"The long valley", "The wrapes of wrath", "The log from the sea of Cortez", "The harvest sypsies"
  IICANA | May 11, 2016 |
Fiction
  AmCorNoviPazar | Aug 28, 2014 |
July 09: The Long Valley, 4 of 5
The most of Valley's collection is solid, standard Steinbeck fare. The eleventh of thirteen stories, "Saint Katy", however, is terribly out of place in both style and content, a poorly executed experiment in fable having nothing whatever to do with the rest of the collection's shared elements of time, manner and place. It's really quite puzzling and bizarre why after ten stories we suddenly leave early 20th-century Salinas Valley in order to witness Steinbeck completely out of his element with a sloppily-written tale of a talking pig's elevation to sainthood by 13th-century monks, only to be thrust back almost with a vengence into the bright, shining star of the collection, the flawless, beautifully constructed, exemplary "The Red Pony", which I'm inclined to tuck just behind East of Eden as my favourite Steinbeck work. ( )
  gunsofbrixton | Mar 30, 2013 |
Grapes of Wrath (2007)

Tom Joad, fresh from a four year bit in prison for manslaughter, accompanies his family to the rumored promised land of California during the dust bowl years. Thousands of families arrive in search of work and they are shuttered into migrant camps. Tensions rise as jobs and food grow scarcer. During an argument over whether to organize into a union, one of Tom’s friends is killed by a policeman and Tom kills the policeman.

Steinbeck was born and raised in the agricultural community of Salinas, CA. As the depression raged, Steinbeck decided to write a novel from the perspective of the poor migrants who were suffering the worst effects. He journeyed with an Oklahoma family to California and used the experience to write [Grapes of Wrath].

[Grapes of Wrath] is the plainest of Steinbeck’s social commentaries and it has suffered over the years for its clear intent. Perhaps, because of the way he researched the novel, Steinbeck was too invested in making his point, as the characters and story are stretched a little thin over the social commentary.

Bottom Line: Steinbeck won a Pulizter Prize for the novel but it’s not his best work – too much social commentary and not enough of full-bodied characters and story.

4 bones!!!!! ( )
  blackdogbooks | Feb 22, 2013 |
The Grapes of Wrath is one of my absolute favorite books of all time and inspired me to write my junior year term paper on Steinbeck in high school. Steinbeck's creative use of ordinary objects and circumstances to tell such a dramatic story is one aspect that really sets this story apart. ( )
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This second volume in The Library of America's authoritative edition of John Steinbeck features his acknowledged masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath. Written in an incredibly compressed five-month period, the novel had an electrifying impact upon publication in 1939, unleashing a political storm with its vision of America's dispossessed struggling for survival. It continues to exert a powerful influence on American culture, and has inspired artists as diverse as John Ford, Woody Guthrie, and Bruce Springsteen. Tracing the journey of the Joad family from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the migrant camps of California, Steinbeck creates an American epic, spacious, impassioned, and pulsating with the rhythms of living speech. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize and has since sold millions of copies worldwide. The text of The Grapes of Wrath has been newly edited based on Steinbeck's manuscript, typescript, and proofs. Many errors have been corrected and words omitted or misconstrued by his typist have been restored. In addition, The Harvest Gypsies, his 1936 investigative report on migrant workers which laid the groundwork for the novel, is included as an appendix. The Long Valley (1938) displays Steinbeck's brilliance as a writer of short stories, including such classics as "The Chrysanthemums", "The White Quail", "Flight", and "The Red Pony". Set in the Salinas Valley landscape which was Steinbeck's enduring inspiration, the stories explore moments of fear, tenderness, isolation, and violence with poetic intensity. The Log from the Sea of Cortez, an account of the 1940 marine biological expedition in which Steinbeck participated with his close friend Ed Ricketts, is a unique blend of science, philosophy, and adventure, as well as one of Steinbeck's most revealing expositions of his core beliefs. First published in 1941 as part of the collaborative volume Sea of Cortez, Steinbeck's narrative was reissued separately a decade later, augmented by the moving tribute "About Ed Ricketts".… (more)

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