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The Grapes of Wrath (Viking Critical Library)

The Grapes of Wrath (Viking Critical Library)

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by John Steinbeck
     
 

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Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisons against the hard realities of an

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Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisons against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots, Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its insistence on human dignity.

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Time Magazine
Steinbeck's best novel.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Journey with the Joads for 21 hours in this first unabridged version of Steinbeck's classic. Controversial, even shocking, when it was written, the work continues to be so even today. The keen listener can hear why, because it poses fundamental questions about justice, the ownership and stewardship of the land, the role of government, power, and the very foundations of capitalist society. As history, this brings the Dust Bowl years to life in a most memorable way. Steinbeck (Travels with Charley, Audio Reviews, LJ 11/15/94) is a master storyteller and manages to engage the listener's sympathy with this epic story. Reader Dylan Baker, who gives each character a distinctive voice, draws the listener in. His female characters, especially the minor ones and Rose of Sharon, don't seem as authentic as his wonderful evocation of the fictional Tom, Ma, and Pa. But his voice is easy to listen to, and he is faithful to the characters' backgrounds and the plains region. The music that ends each individual tape is perfect for the story. This program is a well-produced, affordable, and worthwhile addition for any library with a serious audiobook collection.--Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., WI
Peter Monro Jack
It is a very long novel, the longest that Steinbeck has written, and yet it reads as if it had been composed in a flash, ripped off the typewriter and delivered to the public as an ultimatum. Steinbeck has written a novel from the depths of his heart with a sincerity seldom equaled.-- New York Times Books of the Century, 1939

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140155082
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
03/31/1977
Series:
Viking Critical Library Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
896
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Grapes of Wrath Viking Critical Library) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Depression, land erosion contribute to the migration of thousends of hearty hungry destitude peoples.The gold rush and the mexican migration are past and present persuits, (to eat).John Stienbeck, captures the utter essence of those cought up in the tragic circumstances. That leads to the uprooting and relocation, to face hate, fear, loneliness, only for the most basic of basic's food and respect.
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