In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears ...
In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears from Doc, based on Steinbeck s lifelong friend Ed Ricketts, to Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by Robert DeMott. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators."
New. Square, solid, perfect spine, unread--what more could you ask for? When you receive this book, you'll feel as though you've received a rare gift from one of Scheherazade's fabled djinn! You MAY even cartwheel with glee! NOTE: Different ISBN, earlier edition.
Haven't read this book yet. Ordered it ahead for a book club discussion in December. Plan on reading it the end of the year.
Jun 3, 2011
John Steinbeck being jaunty & tounge in cheek - very uplifting when you can laugh at the subtle sarcasam. Will read & savor again
Jul 5, 2007
ONE OF STEINBECK'S SWEETEST STORIES
Set in Monterey's Cannery Row, Steinbeck tells the story of a beleaguered writer trying to write a book but who is beset by personal doubt and frustration.
The locals, including the madam of the Palace, contrive to keep him assured.
Into the picture comes a young woman, apparently adrift and homeless, whose abilities belie her assumed status as a prostitute, and the madam understands this but gives her refuge in her establishment.
How this girl rescues the writer and gives him life, finally, makes it one of the sweetest and most poignant tales I have read.
Full of humor as well as pathos, it is a must read for any who like Steinbeck.
May 31, 2007
a good relaxing read
When I think of John Steinbeck, I think first of "Cannery Row". Sweet Thursday is a companion book to cannery row. It is a soft, relaxing, easy read. One can easily picture the area and the characters exemplified in this novel. It is one of my favorites.
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