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The Long Valley

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Steinbeck short stories still very relevant in 2012.

    Original copyright of 1938 with renewal in 1966, this 1995 publication of John Steinbeck's short stories is very relevant to current times particularly as relates to the unemployment and economic situation and the way it shapes life.

    The characters in his stories are people we know, but by another name and in a different place. If one has not read Steinbeck since high school or college, it is worth while to read and enjoy his work from a more seasoned perspective.

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

    Thirteen tales of Rugged Individualism

    The Long Valley, by Jon Steinbeck, has throttled to the top of my favorite books list. It is a collection of stories, mostly setting in the area of Monterey County and the Salinas valley in California, that all have a grim and even violent view of human nature. It is beautifully written, often soaking the reader into the rich scenery of the West through a single sentence. This has confounded me: Steinbeck's ability to pack into one simplified sentence exactly what he wants to say, and to make it all flow together in suspenseful ease. It is insane! All of them are fantastic, but especially the stories of Flight, Breakfast, The Raid, The Vigilante, Johnny Bear, The Murder, and the short novella The Red Pony. The wide range of characters, mostly white working men, but also a Hispanic immigrant, a lonely woman, a scientist, and a young boy depict the brutal American virtues of hard work and rugged individualism to the last dot. This is a book I will go back to read over and over and over again in the future; Steinbeck possesses something I want nothing more to emulate. For example, the main story, The Red Pony explains in length the story of a young farm boy getting his first pony. Steinbeck caresses and develops him as a character, perfecting on the boy's child like emotions of pure joy and crushing fears. It has made me yearn back to my childhood to what use to give me unsurpassed joy... It makes me sad to realize I will not stumble upon a great book like this for years... This book is for people who love short stories, but also for those who look for deep meaning in writing. Steinbeck, in the embodiment of the rugged American West, has captured this.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

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    Great range of short stories-

    This collection is a remarkable reminder of how good a well crafted thoughtful short story can be. Several of these are very fine indeed, belonging among the best American short stories. Others are interesting but not great. A couple are dated. Regardless. It's a wonderful collection that keeps you interested and ready for the next tale. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2004

    Typical Steinbeck Another Five Star Book

    I have yet to read anything by Steinbeck that I would not recommend. I picked this up this weekend and it is perfect for quick reading. All great short stories like 'Pastures of Heaven'. I love the rattlesnake woman. Wow she was a trip. Strange....

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