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Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
Cannery Row
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Unburdened by the material necessities of the more fortunate, the denizens of Cannery Row discover rewards unknown in more traditional society. Henry the painter sorts through junk lots for pieces of wood to incorporate into the boat he is building, while the girls from Dora Flood’s bordello... show more
Unburdened by the material necessities of the more fortunate, the denizens of Cannery Row discover rewards unknown in more traditional society. Henry the painter sorts through junk lots for pieces of wood to incorporate into the boat he is building, while the girls from Dora Flood’s bordello venture out now and then to enjoy a bit of sunshine. Lee Chong stocks his grocery with almost anything a man could want, and Doc, a young marine biologist who ministers to sick puppies and unhappy souls, unexpectedly finds true love. Cannery Row is just a few blocks long, but the story it harbors is suffused with warmth, understanding, and a great fund of human values. First published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is—both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. John Steinbeck draws on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, and interweaves their stories in this world where only the fittest survive—creating what is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works. In Cannery Row, John Steinbeck returns to the setting of Tortilla Flat to create another evocative portrait of life as it is lived by those who unabashedly put the highest value on the intangibles—human warmth, camaraderie, and love.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780142000687 (014200068X)
ASIN: 014200068X
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 181
Edition language: English
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Just a book blog
Just a book blog rated it
2.0 Cannery Row
This book was boring. All I could manage was a chapter at a time, pretty much. Steinbeck has a way with words so it wasn't completely bad. The book just describes the setting and characters, there's no plot. Mack and the boys are unemployed but clever, resourceful men who live in the Palace Flophous...
Lenaribka
Lenaribka rated it
4.0 Cannery Row
Thanks to my previous read, Changing Tides by Michael Thomas Ford, I decided to re-read this novel. If you liked his works and your last John Steinbeck dates back decades, consider to re-read him. You'll surprised. I almost forgot how much I enjoyed John Steinbeck's prose - clear, strong, ingenious ...
Moonlight Reader
Moonlight Reader rated it
5.0 USA by the Book: California
This book is extremely difficult to review. I’m going to talk for a minute, then I’m going to post a pictures, and then I’m going to add a few quotes. Let me begin by saying that this book is almost entirely plot-less. It is a series of vignettes set on the hardscrabble California coast during the...
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
4.0 Road Tripping: Cannery Row v. On the Road
I watched the film version of On the Road the other night, and while watching it I couldn’t help but compare Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarity and their fellow beats to the inhabitants of Cannery Row, more specifically Mack and the boys from the Palace Flophouse. That is, there aren’t that many similarit...
sologdin
sologdin rated it
Nutshell: lumpenproletarians engage local petit bourgeois in effective anti-sobriety campaign during 1930s great crisis.Opens with pregnant description: “When you collect marine animals there are certain flat worms so delicate that they are almost impossible to capture whole, for they break and ta...
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