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Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck, John McDonough
Tortilla Flat
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Unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 hours Read by John McDonough "Steinbeck is an artist; and he tells stories of these lovable thieves and adulterers with a gentle and poetic purity of heart and of prose." -New York Herald Tribune Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created... show more
Unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 hours Read by John McDonough "Steinbeck is an artist; and he tells stories of these lovable thieves and adulterers with a gentle and poetic purity of heart and of prose." -New York Herald Tribune Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a Camelot on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur's castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging-men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude. As Steinbeck chronicles their deeds-their multiple lovers, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinking-he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him.
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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9780142429228 (0142429228)
Publisher: Penguin
Edition language: English
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travelin
travelin rated it
3.0 Tortilla Flat
At least I can thank this book's financial success for inspiring the exceptional sequel "Cannery Row", many years later. I'd like to say that I saw Steinbeck's explicit reliance on tales from King Arthur. Maybe I got very close, noticing the parallel between a quest in the forest and scenes from a f...
tinasimms
tinasimms rated it
3.0 Tortilla Flat
Tortilla Flat tells a strange rendition of King Arthur's tales. Three "paisanos," as they are called--Pirate, Jesus Maria, Pablo, Pilon-- are drawn to Danny's house and find home as his friend. I admit, I waited around for several chapters, hoping to see more of the Arthurian legend peek through in ...
JasonKoivu
JasonKoivu rated it
4.0 Tortilla Flat
Tales of the tall variety about a silly gang of friends whose boy's club antics remind one at times of "The Three Stooges" or "Last of the Summer Wine" as they cast about in search of adventure and drink, spinning their own unbelievable yarns while getting drunk, and philosophizing with wild abandon...
Kim Reads and Bakes
Kim Reads and Bakes rated it
3.0
Although it was initially rejected for publication on a number of occasions, this work – a short story cycle - was Steinbeck’s first real critical and commercial success,. He wrote it during 1933 and early 1934, when he was heavily involved in caring for his elderly parents, who were both were very ...
Inklings
Inklings rated it
Not my favorite Steinbeck so far, but I did like it. Funny and largely episodic. I struggled with the pacing because there were no hooks--no over arching mystery to pull me along. I struggled to differentiate between many of the characters because they were similar with common traits, namely they we...
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