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John Steinbeck's powerful evocation of the suffering and hardship caused by the Great Depression, and a panoramic vision of the struggle for the American Dream, "The Grapes of Wrath" includes a critical introduction by Robert DeMott in Penguin Modern Classics. 'I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags, I don't want him satisfied.' Shocking and controversial when it was first published in 1939, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic "The Grapes of Wrath" remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of Tom Joad and his family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision. Adapted into a celebrated film directed by John Ford, and starring Henry Fonda, "The Grapes of Wrath" is an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit.

John Steinbeck (1902-68), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for literature, is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the Second World War Steinbeck served as a war correspondent, with his collected dispatches published as "Once There Was a War" (1958); in 1945 he was awarded the Norwegian Cross of Freedom for his novel "The Moon is Down" (1942), a portrayal of Resistance efforts in northern Europe. His best-known works include the epics "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939) and "East of Eden" (1952), and his tragic novella "Of Mice and Men" (1937). John Steinbeck's complete works are published in "Penguin Modern Classics". If you liked "The Grapes of Wrath", you might enjoy "East of Eden", also available in "Penguin Classics". "A novelist who is also a true poet". ("Sunday Times").

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 07/09/2000 ISBN-13: 9780141185064  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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In short a wonderfully powerful evocation of the upheaval and misery caused by the depression in the USA in the 1930's. I was prompted to read this, shamefully having had it on my shelf unread for 30 years before losing it, by visiting an exhibition in Sacramento about the immigration into California in the 1930's and the state's frankly racist and ultimately illegal attempt to keep the "Okies" out of their state. The book poses some quite socialist solutions to the misery of the 30's which is quite surprising and the main character Tom Joad is an ambiguous anti hero, having been released from prison for killing a man, he later kills another before going on the run. There isn't a happy ending, and indeed the ending itself is rather open and the final scene is redolent of the Balzac short story about donating breast milk! For anyone with an interest in the history and human experience of the depression this is a required read, both absorbing and giving an eye to a recent age of have and have nots - it is easy to see the parallels with today, the scape goating of those on welfare, the disabled, immigrants etc. the ruling class using the same divide and rule tactics to divert attention from the real source of economic inequality. Read!

- 30/10/2013
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