The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

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"First 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 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."
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780143039433
Characteristics: lviii, 464 p. ; 20 cm


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Apr 19, 2017

the pace was too slow for me. I give it 1 stars

VaughanPLSarahN Feb 06, 2017

Despite its 1930's publication date and an arduous pace reflective of the time, the story this book tells about progress and its effect on those who are left behind is just as relevant now as it was then. Some of the statements made seemed so current that I felt they were anachronistic and had to check the publication date to remind myself that the book was written when it was set.

Sep 26, 2016

the pace is slow, but that's the tempo that works for the story. Absolutely the best book I've ever read

Jul 05, 2016

It started slow. I finally got interested, but it was such a depressing story throughout!

Funny & Epic.Loved it.

Feb 24, 2016

A really fantastic story. I admit that I skim-read every other chapter, when the narration was omniscient and attributed to no known characters, but the main story following the Joad's was great.

Mar 15, 2015

This novel centres on the Joad family as they journey to California after being uprooted from their land during the Dust Bowl. Steinbeck's description of the farmers-become-migrants, their hopes, fears and pluck as they face hardship and prejudice stirs feelings of empathy and admiration.

Nov 16, 2014

I read this when I was 16 and it devastated me - the ending was so complexly bittersweet that I cried for 2 hours over it! Steinbeck drags you through the mud and the dirt and the hunger and the desperation and the indignation that the characters are experiencing, and you experience it right along with them. Harrowing, intense, depressing, and beautiful. Everyone should read this book!

Dieu_D Oct 29, 2014

Starts off slow, but then it pulls you in. Profoundly moving, and the ending took my breath away.

Jun 19, 2014

What a bitter pill to swallow! Great great social commentary but the constant inequity and continued struggles with no end in sight made me stop reading. Maybe I will continue but only in single chapters at a time. I am glad I am not a depressed person. The book could put me over the edge...However, some of the imagery is stunning and dialogue most insightful. Steinbeck superbly creates living characters in the book.

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Feb 24, 2016

Pa sniffed. "Seems like times is changed," he said sarcastically. "Time was when a man said what we'd do. Seems like women is tellin' now. Seems like it's purty near time to get out a stick."

Ma put the clean dripping tin dish out on a box. She smiled down at her work. "You get your stick, Pa," she said. "Times when they's food an' a place to set, then maybe you can use your stick an' keep your skin whole. But you ain't a-doin' your job, either a-thinkin' or a-workin'. If you was, why, you could use your stick, an' women folks'd sniffle their nose an' creep-mouse aroun'. But you jus' get you a stick now an' you ain't lickin' no woman; you're a-fightin', 'cause I got a stick all laid out too."

Pa grinned with embarrassment. "Now it ain't good to have the little fellas hear you talkin' like that," he said.

"You get some bacon inside the little fellas 'fore you come tellin' what else is good for 'em," said Ma.

LOVE this! Ma is such a strong and wonderful character.


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