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Cannery Row (1945)

by John Steinbeck

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Series: Cannery Row (1)

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Vividly depicts the colorful, sometimes disreputable, inhabitants of a run-down area in Monterey, California.
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    Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck (Booksloth)
  2. 20
    All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (mabith)
    mabith: McCarthy's border trilogy reminded me so heavily of Steinbeck. I think if you enjoy one author you'll enjoy the other as well.
  3. 31
    Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck (HollyMS)
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    Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (lyzadanger)
    lyzadanger: Similar pastoral view of the West.
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    A Foreign Woman by Sergei Dovlatov (Anonymous user)
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    The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood (SomeGuyInVirginia)
  7. 12
    The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck (chrisharpe)
  8. 01
    Underworld by Don DeLillo (xtien)

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Steinbeck tried too hard with this novel. It read more like the journal from a beginning writing course. He seems to try to pack too much into each sentence, each chapter. In Grapes of Wrath or Of Mice and Men, he created rich characters and explored important themes. Here, he seems more interested in narrative for narrative's sake than anything else. I'm just glad I read several of his other works first. If this was my introduction to Steinbeck, there wouldn't be a second chapter. ( )
  drew_asson | Dec 3, 2020 |
Just loved it. ( )
  helenar238 | Oct 31, 2020 |
Mack and the boys try to throw a party for Doc. That's the gist of the plot, but this is a story that aims first to conjure a mood and atmosphere. Monterey is a quiet sleepy town where quiet sleepy people live, and there is a pleasant, quiet, sleepy happiness to be had there that Doc understands and appreciates better than anyone. I can't start reading Steinbeck without being immediately pleased by his writing, my fingers twitching to quote him. Cannery Row revisits the Monterey setting in California that I was familiar with from Tortilla Flat. It both is and is not the same place, populated by characters similar and dissimilar. Steinbeck throws in his interlude chapters, isolated segments for added flavour. The only disturbance in these calm waters are the mentions of wife beating, with the sad impression it was intended to be amusing fun-and-games background colour. Now it lends a bit of edge, a hint of illusion overlaying what I think Steinbeck meant to convey with blind sincerity. Modern fiction likes an edge and a hint of falseness so it still works, though perhaps in a different way than originally intended. ( )
1 vote Cecrow | Jul 30, 2020 |
I'm rather glad that I read Of Mice and Men first, because that was a better example of Steinbeck's talent. It's not that I didn't like Cannery Row - I still enjoyed the characterisation and the writing - but the intentional anecdotal nature of it isn't really my kind of thing. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
I genuinely enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting! Maybe it's just cause I was in Monterey a couple of weeks ago & feel some sort of affinity for the setting... but I actually liked Steinbeck's writing style (though I can't say why I expected not to enjoy it) and the stories in here were weirdly interesting, even though I could not relate to a single character. ( )
  j_tuffi | May 30, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Steinbeck, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brugmans-Martens, L.I.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Farden, JerryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frank, RudolfTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shillinglaw, SusanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stahl, BenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Waechter, PhilipCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.
"It has always seemed strange to me," said Doc. "The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the comcomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second."
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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141185082, 0141045396, 024195245X

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