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The Winter of Our Discontent

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  • The Winter of Our Discontent (Penguin Classics) – Mass-market paperback (2001)
    by John Steinbeck

    The Winter of Our Discontent

    Mass-market paperback, Penguin Classics
    2001
    English
    288 pages

    ISBN: 0141186313
    ISBN-13: 9780141186313

    Steinbeck's last great novel focuses on the theme of success and what motivates men towards it. Reflecting back on his New England family's past fortune, and his father's loss of the family wealth, the hero, Ethan Allen Hawley, characterizes success in every era and in all its forms as robbery, murder, even a kind of combat, operating under 'the laws of controlled savagery'.

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Reviews of The Winter of Our Discontent

Overall customer rating: 5.000
RandyEhrler

The Quandary of Modern Life

by RandyEhrler on Jul 2, 2012

This is my favorite book by John Steinbeck. The life of Ethan Hawley, the main character, is simple and complex. He is a working-class man with a blue-blood lineage. In the small town in which he lives ? his name rings of history and power ? his ancestors were the founders of the village and basked ... More

brownswan

Steinbeck in the east.

by brownswan on Mar 5, 2009

Classic Steinbeck, set in the east. Shorter in length than East Of Eden, it seems to be a more closely focused counterpart. A late novel by a master story-teller. More

sharpephnj

Steinbeck Always Challenges

by sharpephnj on Nov 7, 2007

"The Winter of Our Discontent" by John Steinbeck is not an easy read. We tend to like our heroes to be always right , according to our moral standards. The setting is a small coastal town after World War II, a moral war. (I was born in 1933 so I remember WWII. I have also vacationed many times in ... More

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