To a God Unknown

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Ancient pagan beliefs, the great Greek epics, and the Bible all inform this extraordinary novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, which occupied him for more than five difficult years. While fulfilling his dead father’s dream of creating a prosperous farm in California, Joseph Wayne comes to believe that a magnificent tree on the farm embodies his father’s spirit. His brothers and their families share in Joseph’s prosperity, and the farm flourishes—until one brother, frightened by Joseph’s pagan belief, kills...

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Overview

Ancient pagan beliefs, the great Greek epics, and the Bible all inform this extraordinary novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, which occupied him for more than five difficult years. While fulfilling his dead father’s dream of creating a prosperous farm in California, Joseph Wayne comes to believe that a magnificent tree on the farm embodies his father’s spirit. His brothers and their families share in Joseph’s prosperity, and the farm flourishes—until one brother, frightened by Joseph’s pagan belief, kills the tree, allowing disease and famine to descend on the farm. Set in familiar Steinbeck country, To a God Unknown is a mystical tale, exploring one man’s attempt to control the forces of nature and, ultimately, to understand the ways of God and the forces of the unconscious within. This edition features an introduction and notes by Steinbeck scholar Robert DeMott.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140187519
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 125,781
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

John Steinbeck

Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His complete works will be available in Penguin Modern Classics.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Amnesia Glasscock
      John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (full name); Amnesia Glasscock
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 27, 1902
    2. Place of Birth:
      Salinas, California
    1. Date of Death:
      December 20, 1968
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    Great

    This story is great, i always read books but one day my father explained to me that there is a 2nd meaning to story one that is visible to many and when u understand the 2nd meaning of this book it's just great, nuthing more or less

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

    Steinbeck is my favorite author, and this is definitely a great

    Steinbeck is my favorite author, and this is definitely a great book. That said, it's one of his weaker ones. It has its share of tragedy and deeper moments, but I felt the overall tone failed to achieve the type of impact this work should have had. The story involves a man and his extended family farming the fickle land in a river valley in central California, a familiar landscape for any reader of Steinbeck's. If you've read and loved other Steinbeck books, as I have, I definitely recommend this book, but don't start here- Of Mice and Men or The Grapes of Wrath is better for that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2003

    The crowd goes wild!!

    Steinbeck at his best. It is very obvious that he is truly one of the great American writers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2002

    Man and Earth as one

    This book shows the bond between man and his land. It is well written and exceptionaly well captured. This book is thought provoking but aswell very tragic. I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to farm or write.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2015

    Not His Style

    Sometimes rambles on without an obvious purpose. Not Stienbecks style.

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