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˜The œGrapes of wrath by John Steinbeck
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˜The œGrapes of wrath (original 1939; edition 1976)

by John Steinbeck

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"Traces the migration of an Oklahoma Dust Bowl family to California and their subsequent hardships as migrant farm workers."--Amazon.com.
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Title:˜The œGrapes of wrath
Authors:John Steinbeck
Info:Harmondsworth, Penguin Books, impr. 1976
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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)

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    Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's the Grapes of Wrath by Rick Wartzman (RidgewayGirl)
    RidgewayGirl: Centers around the controversy that exploded in California's central valleys when The Grapes of wrath was published.
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    Farming the Dust Bowl: A First-Hand Account from Kansas by Lawrence Svobida (nandadevi)
    nandadevi: Svobida´s book movingly describes the conditions in the Dust Bowl (he clung on for six years of crop failures) that the Joad´s left behind in their trek to California.
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    The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: The only 20th century American writer who rivals Steinbeck in economy and forcefulness of language.
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    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (JudeyN)
    JudeyN: Set in a different time and place, but similar themes. Examines the different ways in which people respond to hardship and upheaval.
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    The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Two stories of migrations of the working class in the US.
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    mcenroeucsb: Theme of workers' rights
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    The Bottom of the Sky by William C Pack (LoriMe)
    LoriMe: Mr. Steinbeck wrote a gritty family saga embedded in the early to mid part of the 20th Century. Mr. Pack wrote a gritty family saga embedded in the end of the 20th Century. The characters and stories moved me equally. Both are written beautifully.
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    Missing Soluch by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (Stbalbach)
    Stbalbach: Called the Iranian Grapes of Wrath.
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Enjoyed most of it. Longer than I thought it would be, possibly a bit dull at some points, but I think that was intentional, actually adding to Steinbeck's message. Born and raised in California, I learned a lot about an often-ignored section of my state's history, and my personal connection in this regard probably added to my experience.

Overall, the book probably isn't for everyone. If you want a fast-paced book, this isn't the one for you. I enjoyed it though. ( )
  gotrees4 | Jan 16, 2022 |
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  revirier | Dec 13, 2021 |
Set during the great Depression the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, hardship, agricultural changes and bank closure forcing them out of work. The Joads set out for California seeking jobs and a future. They represent 1000s of people suffering the same fate. The book orbits around two points: land and family.

The writing style takes us on a front seat ride through the Dust Bowl, Great Depression and the struggles of people during the time. The prose has a tone of passion, anger, sadness and desperation. Its themes: ecological catastrophe, financial collapse, poverty and discrimination.

I found “The grapes of Wrath” to be an immensely frustrating read even with all the high praise this novel has received through the years I just couldn’t get into it and labored through its 464 pages. I fast lost interest has it became more and more difficult to read with each passing chapter. The pacing is so slow it seemed that I was stuck in a Dust Bowl suffocating....The mid-Western State 1930s raw dialectical jargon I am not familiar with was a strong factor. The lyrical chapters, the journalistic language and the lengthy narrative going nowhere and saying little simply were a turn off. The cacophony of imagery and voices the same. But again all these attributes are what most loved about this story.

Having said this:

Mr. Steinbeck does illustrate skillfully the widening gulf between the haves and have-nots, his sympathies towards the desperate are obvious. He gave us an important lesson on perspective and a starting point for discussion on social issues still relevant today. Whether you like it or not this story will resonate and stay in your mind long after the closing page.

Although this novel wasn’t for me, I have no doubt “The Grapes of Wrath” deserves all the honors it received.

Originally published in 1939, this classic novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and in 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for his achievements. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Dec 13, 2021 |
The classic tale of a family forced to move from their home in Oklahoma to California in the late 1930's. This is all about the family dynamics and the struggle to stay together, stay alive and find a better tomorrow. There are sacrifices and struggles and the worst parts of humanity here. Really well done. ( )
  Karlstar | Nov 6, 2021 |
Written in 1939 about a family living through the Dust Bowl (1920's); true poverty and struggle for survival.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 28, 2021 |
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Seventy years after The Grapes of Wrath was published, its themes – corporate greed, joblessness – are back with a vengeance. ... The peaks of one's adolescent reading can prove troughs in late middle age. Life moves on; not all books do. But 50 years later, The Grapes of Wrath seems as savage as ever, and richer for my greater awareness of what Steinbeck did with the Oklahoma dialect and with his characters.
added by tim.taylor | editThe Guardian, Melvyn Bragg (Nov 21, 2011)
 
It is Steinbeck's best novel, i.e., his toughest and tenderest, his roughest written and most mellifluous, his most realistic and, in its ending, his most melodramatic, his angriest and most idyllic. It is "great" in the way that Uncle Tom's Cabin was great—because it is inspired propaganda, half tract, half human-interest story, emotionalizing a great theme.
added by Shortride | editTime (Apr 17, 1939)
 
Steinbeck has written a novel from the depths of his heart with a sincerity seldom equaled. It may be an exaggeration, but it is the exaggeration of an honest and splendid writer.
 
Mr. Steinbeck's triumph is that he has created, out of a remarkable sympathy and understanding, characters whose full and complete actuality will withstand any scrutiny.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times, Charles Poore (pay site) (Apr 14, 1939)
 

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Baker, DylanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Coardi, CarloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.
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Now the going was easy, and all the legs worked, and the shell boosted along, waggling from side to side. A sedan driven by a forty-year-old woman approached. She saw the turtle and swung to the right, off the highway, the wheels screamed and a cloud of dust boiled up. Two wheels lifted for a moment and then settled. The car skidded back onto the road, and went on, but more slowly. The turtle had jerked into its shell, but now it hurried on, for the highway was burning hot.

And now a light truck approached, and as it came near, the driver saw the turtle and swerved to hit it. His front wheel struck the edge of the shell, flipped the turtle like a tiddly-wink, spun it like a coin, and rolled it off the highway. The truck went back to its course along the right side. Lying on its back, the turtle was tight in its shell for a long time. But at last its legs waved in the air, reaching for something to pull it over. Its front foot caught a piece of quartz and little by little the shell pulled over and flopped upright. The wild oat head fell out and three of the spearhead seeds stuck in the ground. And as the turtle crawled on down the embankment, its shell dragged dirt over the seeds. The turtle entered a dust road and jerked itself along, drawing a wavy shallow trench in the dust with its shell. The old humorous eyes looked ahead, and the horny beak opened a little. His yellow toe nails slipped a fraction in the dust.

[Penguin ed., pp. 15-16; Chapter 3]
"The cars of the migrant people crawled out of the side roads onto the great cross-country highway, and they took the migrant way to the West. … And because they were lonely and perplexed, because they had all come from a place of sadness and worry and defeat, and because they were all going to a mysterious new place … a strange thing happened: the twenty families became one family, the children were the children of all. The loss of home became one loss, and the golden time in the West was one dream."

A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of it's going.
"They breathe profits; they eat the interest on money. If they don't get it, they die the way you die without air, without side-meat."
"The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it."
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Please do not combine John Steinbeck's original 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath, with any film treatment, critical edition, notes (Monarch, Barron's, Sparks, Cliff, etc.), screenplay, or other adaptations of the same title. Thank you.
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