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The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) - Community Reviews back

by John Steinbeck
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 3 years ago
(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...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it 4 years ago
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...
Lemon Roadster
Lemon Roadster rated it 4 years ago
This is one of my favorite books. I loved it, although the ending was a bit weird.
Hol rated it 5 years ago
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...
Aren's Library
Aren's Library rated it 6 years ago
Not my favorite Steinbeck, but enjoyed it.
Abandoned by Booklikes
Abandoned by Booklikes rated it 6 years ago
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...
Optimistic and constructive books
Optimistic and constructive books rated it 6 years ago
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 rated it 6 years ago
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.
riley rated it 7 years ago
It just so happens that I started to watch Ken Burns' Dustbowl just as I finished this book, and contrasting the two approaches is illustrative. It's interesting that Steinbeck makes no mention of the man-made nature of the disaster, even he knew it was man-made. I suspect this is to help further cr...
Flicker Reads
Flicker Reads rated it 7 years ago
Reread this book in preparation for English class. I'm glad to get reacquainted with it, though the story is just as bleak as I remember. I kept thinking how this book, with its socialist themes and villainization of capitalist interests, is the perfect foil to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Both books ...
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