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text 2019-09-16 21:34
The Bookmark Episode 1
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster - Adam Higginbotham
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective - Kate Summerscale
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey - Candice Millard
Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays - Michael Paterniti
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness - Susannah Cahalan
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett
Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler - Lynne Olson
One Summer: America, 1927 - Bill Bryson

Need another podcast that talks books? Check out The Bookmark. This week we talk non-fiction with Megan.

 

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review 2018-10-28 12:27
Infection in Literature: "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck



(Original Review, 2002)


There's no reason why we should judge a film on the basis of how faithful or otherwise it is to the book: it should be judged by how good it is as a film. The ending of the book could not be depicted on film in those days because censorship would not have allowed it, but there's no reason to assume that Ford would have filmed Steinbeck's ending had he been able to. The artistic vision Ford was expressing was not Steinbeck's, but his own. My own view is that Steinbeck was a fine novelist, but that Ford was a great film-maker. Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" is a fine novel, but Ford's "The Grapes of Wrath" is a great film.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2017-06-09 00:00
The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Edition
The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Edition - John Steinbeck 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 they can't get an honest pay for a days work. Times were horrific, but also the good in many people came to surface. People had to band together to help each other. No matter what, it seems no reprieve is in site for them, but it doesn't kill all of the humanity. Very touching, sad and though-provoking.
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review 2017-04-25 02:52
My Favorite
The Grapes Of Wrath (Macmillan Readers) - Margaret Tarner,John Steinbeck

This is one of my favorite books.  I loved it, although the ending was a bit weird.

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review 2017-02-19 14:42
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Grapes Of Wrath (Macmillan Readers) - Margaret Tarner,John Steinbeck

I’ve struggled with the thought of putting my ideas about The Grapes of Wrath down on paper because, what on earth can I say about such a great book? And what insights could I possibly give that haven’t already been said? I doubt I can excel in either regard, but I’ll relate some of my thoughts.

 

I’ve wanted to read something by John Steinbeck for a while now. I was planning to try Of Mice and Men, but my friend recommended this. I didn’t know much about it and went in more-or-less completely blind which enhanced its effect.

 

For anyone who doesn’t know, Grapes of Wrath concerns the Joads, a family who have been run off their farm and are forced to go to California in search of work. They have a flier advertising work fruit picking and believe securing this job will provide for them exponentially. The whole family then begins the journey south. Most of the novel charts this journey with a portion at the end depicting their time in California.

 

Even though I didn’t feel a great bond with any of the Joads, I felt intimately acquainted with their struggles. Their story charted the changing climate towards greed that we are all familiar with. Grapes of Wrath shows how that pendant to greed strips away humanity. It depicts how one set of men’s desires have devastating consequences on anothers needs.

 

The Joads were at once insightful and naïve. When any outsider tried to tell them about the conditions in California they would meet, they refused to believe it. Of course these claims did have a mounting effect on the Joad’s and a main reason they wouldn’t accept what they were being told is that this future was inescapable for them regardless.

When discussing naivety I can’t fail to mention Rose of Sharon. She really got to me when she believed that stupid hag at the government camp, but then that heart-breaking ending hit and she completely redeemed herself.

 

As I said, the Joad’s were also very insightful in regards to human behaviour. For example this piece of wisdom from Ma Joad was something I really connected with.

 

If you’re in trouble or hurt or need-go to poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help-the only ones.

 

This book will always stay with me, not as a warning to what humanity can become, because they’ve already reached it, but as an example of the devastating effects greed can have.

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