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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath (Paperback)

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'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, the Grapes of Wrath is Steinbeck's Pultizer Prize-winning epic of the Joad family, forced to travel west from Dust Bowl era Oklahoma in search of the promised land of California. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and powerlessness, yet out of their struggle Steinbeck created a drama that is both intensely human and majestic in its scale and moral vision.

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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Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His complete works will be available in Penguin Modern Classics.

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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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