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The Winter of Our Discontent

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A Soul Searching Story!

Ethan Allen Hawley... Sometimes a character comes along that rings out in your head. He's so identifiable that you almost assume the character was modelled after your own soul. Never mind the fact that the character was created 10 years before you were born, he's yo...
Ethan Allen Hawley... Sometimes a character comes along that rings out in your head. He's so identifiable that you almost assume the character was modelled after your own soul. Never mind the fact that the character was created 10 years before you were born, he's you... or maybe you're him. These characters are so real that you forget that the author is the one narrating the story. The author is transparent. The narrator is your own heart, a characterization of yourself. His narration is raw and truthful. The prose may be nearly 50 years old, but it paints a portrait of American life that transcends all the days from this to that. That's Steinbeck's prose. Steinbeck's prose, but Ethan Hawley's words. Ethan is the lead character in Steinbeck's, 'The Winter of Our Discontent.' Ethan is Steinbeck's creation, Ethan is my character. I listen to his thoughts, to the ideas in his head and I recognize them as the thoughts I so often find myself working through. His struggles, his emotions and, indeed, his proposed solutions are a facsimile of the very ones I carry with me. Every man must consider his fate. In your heart, you find your answers, however right or wrong. Ethan found my answers... not that I'm gonna start robbing banks or anything. But, sitting in the Place, out of the wind, seeing under the guardian lights, I find the answers that Ethan found so long before I knew I was looking. 'No nonsense of Madison Avenue then or trimming too many leaves from cauliflowers.' Here, a man can breathe.

posted by Anonymous on July 21, 2006

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

I had to read this book for school. If you do to, im sorry. This

I had to read this book for school. If you do to, im sorry. This book is very detailed but the characters are uninteresting and this book is just plain boring. It only got one star because it wouldnt let me choose none.

posted by Anonymous on December 28, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

    There are better Steinbeck books

    This is not Steinbeck at his best. At times, he struggles in and out of blatant ¿telling,¿ giving us exactly what we need to know in expositional dialogue between characters. These unrealistic exchanges share information that all of the characters already know, so of course these parts drag. Set in New England at New Baytown a village 'which is on the cusp of expanding', the kooky narrator lives in his own inner world, where Steinbeck unfolds a social criticism against expansion at the cost of morals, greed, and the story of fallen American families. The ending, though economic and beautifully written, comes from left field, and is undeveloped in terms of a connection with the rest of the story. This is same old, same old Steinbeck in theme, but his other books do it better. Read the other Steinbeck works, I¿d put this at the bottom of the Steinbeck list.

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