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Ss 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 euality and justice in America At once a naturalistic epic captivity narrative road novel and transcendental gospel Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classic. At 17 I bought The Grapes of Wrath cracked it open and after reading a few pages declared it BOR ING Yawn I was off to the mall with my tight abs to find some jeans that would accentuate my vacuous mindThe same copy then sat on my various book shelves ever since I ve never been able to sell it or give it away so finally at 42 with far looser abs and a pair of fat jeans in the closet I decided to give it an actual try Now the ladies at my book club will tell you I m not easily won over by any book though I do believe that a good book is a good book merely because YOU like it A good book may not have any other merit other than you thought the protagonist was sweet Or cute But a great book Well a great book is a whole different story A great book has nothing to do with YOU or at least not YOU individually A great book pays tribute to the collective YOU our collective consciousness A great book garners the support of Divinity and has the staying power of the people through multiple generations and years And this is a great book One of the best ever written This is the rare Great American Novel up there with Lonesome Dove The Catcher in the Rye and Gone with the Wind I can only imagine that Steinbeck s hands were shaking as he removed the last page from the typewriter yes writers used something called typewriters back then I picture a silent room as he experienced a true moment of awe I like to think he had tears in his eyes or that they slid slowly down his face just as mine did throughout this read As Frost would say no tears in the writer no tears in the readerBelieve me if you are over 35 and have a heart you can not read this novel without tears laughter anger and awe This novel is better than approximately 95% of novels currently on this planet I d like to travel back in time and cup Steinbeck s face in my hands and say You did it John You did it

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The Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression a book that galvanized and sometimes outraged millions of readersFirst published in 1939 Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family the Joads driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the. Whenever I revisit a classic I m struck by how much I get out of it now than I did when I was 24 or 19 or God forbid 15 Giving a book like the Grapes of Wrath to a 15 year old serves largely to put them off fine literature for the rest of their lives The depth of understanding and compassion for the human condition as communicated by a book like this is simply unfathomable to those who haven t lived much life yet but after you ve gotten a healthy dose of living it comes across like fine music to a trained ear My heart doesn t bleed for the Joads today as it might have 25 years ago Yes it s grim and unfair but it s no longer shocking or disturbing and I can see now that Steinbeck didn t intend sensationalism to be the main point What he s about is revealing the human dignity the innate goodness and unbreakable pride of these people and by extension the American people in general something that still resonates today especially with reference to the working classes When the Joads and their kind decline government hand outs reuesting instead the simple opportunity to work hard and be rewarded commensurate with their labor even if it means a grueling cross country journey to a place they don t know one can hear today s white working poors exasperated disdain for government insisting that they simply be allowed to keep of their pay and not be held back in their efforts by nit picking legalities and cultural trivialities that disapprove of their lifestyles Sadly most such people will never read the Grapes of Wrath Worse yet many liberal lawmakers won t read it again after high school and won t glean from it an essential understanding about the pride and perseverance of the American working class which the far right is playing like a fiddle much to the detriment of the entire nation A book like the Grapes of Wrath should be reuired reading for every American over 30

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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 A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerle. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast and his kingdom was full of darkness and they gnawed their tongues for pain Revelation 1610 The Grapes of Wrath begins with the description of the severe drought and dust storms that deprived farmers of their livelihood and sustenanceThe dawn came but no day In the gray sky a red sun appeared a dim red circle that gave a little light like dusk and as that day advanced the dusk slipped back toward darkness and the wind cried and whimpered over the fallen cornNo land no home no money no food time to hit the road and find a better place But is there a better placeThe bitterness we sold to the junk man he got it all right but we have it still And when the owner men told us to go that s us and when the tractor hit the house that s us until we re dead To California or any place every one a drum major leading a parade of hurts marching with our bitterness And some day the armies of bitterness will all be going the same way And they ll all walk together and there ll be a dead terror from itBut freedom of the poor is restricted by the freedom of the state and freedom of politicians and freedom of the rich Here s me that used to give all my fight against the devil cause I figgered the devil was the enemy But they s somepin worse n the devil got hold a the country an it ain t gonna let go till it s chopped loose Ever see one a them Gila monsters take hold mister That s the way of the state Lead em around and around Sling em in the irrigation ditch Tell em they ll burn in hell if they don t think like you What the hell you want to lead em someplace for Jus lead em That s the way of politicians I hear em an feel em an they re beating their wings like a bird in a attic Gonna bust their wings on a dusty winda tryin ta get out And that s the fate of the poor I m learnin one thing good she said Learnin it all a time ever day If you re in trouble or hurt or need go to poor people They re the only ones that ll help the only ones The power always is on the side of the rich and if you re poor they won t give you anything you ll have only what you can take

  • Hardcover
  • 479
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • John Steinbeck
  • English
  • 03 December 2017
  • 9780670016907

About the Author: John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck III was an American writer He wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Grapes of Wrath published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men published in 1937 In all he wrote twenty five books including sixteen novels six non fiction books and several collections of short stories In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for LiteratureSteinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley



10 thoughts on “The Grapes of Wrath

  1. says:

    Whenever I revisit a classic I'm struck by how much I get out of it now than I did when I was 24 or 19 or God forbid 15 Giving a book like the Grapes of Wrath to a 15 year old serves largely to put them off fine literature for the rest of their lives The depth of understanding and compassion for the human condition as communicated by a book like this is simply unfathomable to those who haven't lived much life yet but

  2. says:

    If you are an American you need to read The Grapes of Wrath It scares the poop out of me because my fellow Americans we are repeating history If live anywhere else read it as well as a guide for what not to doIn the Grapes of Wrath Mr Steinb

  3. says:

    This is another review as I go which helps me capture my thoughts of the moment before I forget them One thing that strikes me in these early pages is Steinbeck's techniue of focusing on things that are supposedly tangential to the main narrative of the Joad family but yet are central to their fate I'm thinking of the descriptions of the nat

  4. says:

    ENGLISH The Grapes of WrathITALIANOThe Great Depression told through the journey of one of the many families of farmers f

  5. says:

    “And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain” Revelation 1610 The Grapes of Wrath begins with the description of the

  6. says:

    Man made environmental catastrophe and its inhuman cost a study in ineuality and injustice Imagine having to leave your country because it is a wasteland created by a decade of dust storms? Imagine having nowhere to go but still crossing the desert in hope of finding a future after your past was wiped out by human failure greed and environmental carelessness? Imagine not being welcome when you arrive with no

  7. says:

    During the bleakness of the dry dust bowl days as the suffocating particles fall everywhere you can't breathe in your nose eyes clothes food house the darkness at noon unable to see the Sun during a dust storm the top soil flying away carried by the winds never to return in the Depression when people farmers lost their homes and land to the banks incapable to repay their loans no crops no money symbolized by the Joad family of Ok

  8. says:

    At 17 I bought The Grapes of Wrath cracked it open and after reading a few pages declared it BOR ING Yawn I was off to the mall with my tight abs to find some jeans that would accentuate my vacuous mindThe same copy then sat on my various book shelves ever since I've never been able to sell it or give it away so finally at 42 with far looser abs and a pair of fat jeans in the closet I decided to give it an actual try Now the ladies at my

  9. says:

    In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy growing heavy for the vintageThis book really gets my goat Those poor dirty Joads So poor and so so dirty After being displaced from their Oklahoma farm following the Dust Bowl storms that wreck their crops and cause them to default on their loans the Joa

  10. says:

    Review contains a partial spoilerIf you read enough reviews you'll notice that most of the people who gave this book 1 or

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