To a God Unknown

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As his father lies dying, Joseph Wayne decides to trade his Vermont farm for a new life in California. Once established on his ranch, he comes to revere a huge tree as the embodiment of his father's spirit.

Joseph's brothers and their wives join him, and their farms prosper. Then one of the brothers, repelled by Joseph's reverence for the tree, cuts it down. Consequences follow -- harsh and severe.

In TO A GOD UNKNOWN, one of his earliest ...

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Overview

As his father lies dying, Joseph Wayne decides to trade his Vermont farm for a new life in California. Once established on his ranch, he comes to revere a huge tree as the embodiment of his father's spirit.

Joseph's brothers and their wives join him, and their farms prosper. Then one of the brothers, repelled by Joseph's reverence for the tree, cuts it down. Consequences follow -- harsh and severe.

In TO A GOD UNKNOWN, one of his earliest novels, Steinbeck uses the Western American experience as a way of exploring man's relationships to his environment -- a theme that would come to characterize much of his later work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141185507
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/17/2011
  • Pages: 240

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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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