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The Grapes of Wrath

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The Grapes of Wrath
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Depicts the hardships and suffering endured by the Joads as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression.
Authors: Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968
Statement of Responsibility: John Steinbeck ; introduction and notes by Robert DeMott
Title: The Grapes of wrath
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
Characteristics: lviii, 464 p. ; 20 cm.
Notes: Originally published: New York : Viking Press, 1939
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [xlvii]-lviii)
Summary: Depicts the hardships and suffering endured by the Joads as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression.
Subject Headings: Migrant agricultural laborers Fiction Rural families Fiction Depressions Fiction Labor camps Fiction Oklahoma Fiction California Fiction
Genre/Form: Political fiction
Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Migrant agricultural laborers
Rural families
Depressions
Labor camps
LCCN: 2005058182
ISBN: 0143039431
9780143039433
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC S
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Nov 16, 2014
  • BookishWallaby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Oct 29, 2014
  • dieud rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Extremely well written, felt like I was covered in dirt and dust while reading it. Made me want to bake biscuits and drink bacon grease, 10/10 would read again.

Jun 19, 2014
  • mkince rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 26, 2014
  • lostronaut rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

never have i felt so inspired by a turtle crossing a highway.

Feb 18, 2014
  • gabrielramos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

No book has ever stirred so many emotions within me. Fight through to the end and you will thank yourself a million times over, for you will have come out of it a more understanding human being.

Dec 06, 2013
  • RainCityLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My Desert Island Book #1: I think this was the first grown up book that ever made me cry. We were talking about formative experiences a while back, and this book came to mind for me as a huge part of forming my world view, or confirming me in my views. I've since read most of Steinbecks other books - and eagerly await those I haven't - and while I've been perhaps even more impressed by some of the others and how they interrelate (check out In Dubious Battle, a great labor novel that precedes this), this remains the pinnacle for me. There is nothing even a minute out of date to this masterwork about the dignity of work, and the seemingly perpetual struggle between the haves and the have nots. I need to read this one again.

Aug 04, 2013
  • anthonybencivengo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Steinbeck's classic migrant epic remains as emotionally devastating - and as socially relevant - as it was when it first came out 75 years ago.

Jan 28, 2013
  • Krull14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Incredible historic account of what life was like during the "dust bowl". A story of hardship that is very different from today's society of comfort even during hardship.
A classic story of a family who tries to make it through even when all else fails.

Jan 18, 2013
  • dano62 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I find this novel is a great descriptor about the basics of human peril. I particularly enjoyed the chapters that well described the scenario of conditions of mid-west migrants to California during the time period of this story. I would also recommend reading the intro about the author. What a surprise the ending is! As well, when Tom's name is mentioned as one of the the cotton-pickers.

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