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The Winter of Our Discontent

Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968

(Paperback - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Winter of Our Discontent
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From the Publisher: From a swashbuckling pirate fantasy to a meditation on American morality-two classic Steinbeck novels make their black spine debuts. In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had "resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American." Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of the novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With the decline in their status, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards.

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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2008, c1961
ISBN: 9780143039488
0143039482
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC S
Characteristics: xxxiii, 291 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shillinglaw, Susan

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Oct 30, 2011
  • haploU5 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This novel touches on the moral struggle of Ethan Hawley, a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned but lost through bad investments on his father’s part. Though his life is not uncomfortable it lacks the desirable things his family seems to crave. Pressured by his wife and children’s want of a better lifestyle, Ethan believes the only way he can achieve a better social standing will require him to compromise himself morally. As he spends his days silently planning his dishonest “get quick rich” schemes, he does not realize the ultimate cost he will need to pay.

Great story telling as is standard with all Steinbeck tales, however, this story just couldn’t keep my interest like the others. Some of the dialogue between Ethan and his wife Mary, was at some points, tedious. Still worth a read but definitely not one of his best.

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