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The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath
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Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America’s greatest writers and cultural figures. Over the next year, his many works published as black-spine Penguin Classics for the first time and will feature eye-catching, newly commissioned art. The... show more
Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America’s greatest writers and cultural figures. Over the next year, his many works published as black-spine Penguin Classics for the first time and will feature eye-catching, newly commissioned art. The Grapes of Wrath is a landmark of American literature. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. First published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath summed up its era in the way that Uncle Tom’s Cabin summed up the years of slavery before the Civil War. Sensitive to fascist and communist criticism, Steinbeck insisted that “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” be printed in its entirety in the first edition of the book—which takes its title from the first verse: “He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.” At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s fictional chronicle of the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s is perhaps the most American of American Classics.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780143039433 (0143039431)
ASIN: 143039431
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
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Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it
4.0 The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Edition
I read this book some while on my lunch breaks. It's the perfect diet companion for sure. The people have horrible times and barely make it day to day. It's during the depression while people are just trying to find a place to settle for a couple of days and work. The system is set up so that th...
Aren's Library
Aren's Library rated it
3.0 The Grapes of Wrath
Not my favorite Steinbeck, but enjoyed it.
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
5.0 The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Edition
The Grapes of Wrath follows the Joad family after they have lost their tenement farmland in Oklahoma to California where they are told there are jobs waiting for those who are willing to farm the land out there. The book starts out with Tom Joad who is finally paroled from prison. Tom has been dream...
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5.0 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I read 'The Grapes of Wrath' first when I was a teenager. Recently, I re-read it, along with ‘Working Days: the journal of the Grapes of Wrath’, and I could understand this novel a lot better through the perspective of the author. For example, I saw why Steinbeck separated the General Chapters from ...
jwilley44
jwilley44 rated it
There has already been a lot said about this book so I will just say that it lives up to the hype that surrounds it.One thing though, who else found themselves speaking as the characters do while reading this novel? I sure did.
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