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John Steinbeck's powerful evocation of the suffering and hardship caused by the Great Depression, and a panoramic vision of the struggle for the ...Show synopsisJohn Steinbeck's powerful evocation of the suffering and hardship caused by the Great Depression, and a panoramic vision of the struggle for the American Dream, "The Grapes of Wrath" includes a critical introduction by Robert DeMott in Penguin Modern Classics. 'I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags, I don't want him satisfied.' Shocking and controversial when it was first published in 1939, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic "The Grapes of Wrath" remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of Tom Joad and his family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision. Adapted into a celebrated film directed by John Ford, and starring Henry Fonda, "The Grapes of Wrath" is an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit. John Steinbeck (1902-68), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for literature, is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the Second World War Steinbeck served as a war correspondent, with his collected dispatches published as "Once There Was a War" (1958); in 1945 he was awarded the Norwegian Cross of Freedom for his novel "The Moon is Down" (1942), a portrayal of Resistance efforts in northern Europe. His best-known works include the epics "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939) and "East of Eden" (1952), and his tragic novella "Of Mice and Men" (1937). John Steinbeck's complete works are published in "Penguin Modern Classics". If you liked "The Grapes of Wrath", you might enjoy "East of Eden", also available in "Penguin Classics". "A novelist who is also a true poet". ("Sunday Times").Hide synopsis
How could I review this and say anything new. One of the best books, ever, with thousands of reviews written already. Since some wanted to ban it and some wanted to burn it, you know it has to be good.
Steinbeck is not my favorite author, but this novel is a very good example of his writing style. There are a lot of Biblical references, mythical allusions, and other symbols that fit the story well and take it to a new level for the reader. If you like Steinbeck, this is amazing; if you don't like him, it's going to be painful. Be warned: this book starts out very slowly.
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The Struggle to obtain the American Dream Apr 3, 2007
Set in the dustbowl and California of the '30s Depression, we follow the Joads as they join the great migration West after leaving Oklahoma, headed for the “Promised Land” of California. This book is called a classic for a reason; it gives us both a glimpse of this particular family and their struggles to create a new life for themselves, and a view of the big picture, as the new movements take over of migrant workers harvesting farms and agri-business becoming the norm in our nation’s breadbasket.
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