The Wayward Bus

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Sustained brilliance, complete credibility and vividness . . . striking, dramatic! -- Saturday Review

The bus travels the California backroads. Its passengers are the lost and lonely, the good and the greedy, the stupid and the scheming, the beautiful and the vicious. As they ride, their dreams and desires clash, their secret selves are revealed, and they become the face in anybody's mirror. Here's a bold, ...
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Overview

Sustained brilliance, complete credibility and vividness . . . striking, dramatic! -- Saturday Review

The bus travels the California backroads. Its passengers are the lost and lonely, the good and the greedy, the stupid and the scheming, the beautiful and the vicious. As they ride, their dreams and desires clash, their secret selves are revealed, and they become the face in anybody's mirror. Here's a bold, imaginative, and unsentimental portrait of humanity in all its guises.
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John Steinbeck

JOHN STEINBECK (1902—1968) was born in Salinas, California. He worked as a laborer and a journalist, and in 1935, when he published Tortilla Flat, he achieved popular success and financial security. Steinbeck wrote more than twenty-five novels and won the Nobel Prize in 1962.
Robert DeMott is the Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor at Ohio University and the author of Steinbeck's Typewriter, an award-winning book of critical essays.
Gary Scharnhorst is professor of English at the University of New Mexico. He is the editor of books by Bret Harte and John De Forest for Penguin 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 October 5, 2001

    John Steinbeck's best writing

    I know that the Grapes of Wrath is Steinbeck's most lauded work, but in my opinion The Wayward Bus is by far the superior writing. In this book, Steinbeck displays his understanding of the many types of personalities. The star-struck waitress, the dancer pulsating with sensuality, the repressed businessman, the proper but passionless wife. Grapes of Wrath may have dealt with more popular social issues - the repression of a whole class of people, but The Wayward Bus dealt with universal issues. I have heard it stated that the characters in this book are not likeable people. How are they so different from the vast majority of people that one meets. Steinbeck's power is in his ability to see the world as it is now as we are told that it exists.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

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    I had yet to read my first book outside of class assigned materi

    I had yet to read my first book outside of class assigned material by Steinbeck (Travels with Charley, Grapes of Wrath) when I was an adult. I picked up this book on merit of the interesting title, which is greatly what the book is about. There are some trials to overcome in this book, and like Grapes of Wrath, the interrelationship between various characters on a journey is what it is all about. Somewhat steamy at parts, too. Unfortunately, their journey or struggle together is temporal, and people have to hook up accordingly. It is not set up in such social upheaval as Grapes of Wrath, so probably if you are looking for a first fiction read by Steinbeck, you should resort to that great literature before turning to this treat.

    I would recommend this product along with Sirens of Morning Light by Benjamin Anderson, a quest for a man in Iowa to regain his identity, which becomes entangled with people who claim to have known him when he discovers he is a scientific experiment. Make sure not to miss either book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    Great characters ... abrupt ending.

    Although this is not one of Steinbeck's most popular works, his development of the characters in The Wayward Bus is truly incredible. Unfortunately, once the characters are developed, the book abruptly ends! Even so, this is a must read for any Steinbeck fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2002

    The Wayward Bus

    Outstanding insight into the depravity of the human mind which people keep hidden within themselves. Took too long,(half the book), for the bus to ever get on the road in my opinion. Once it did, it was a page turner. I also wished the ending was not so abrupt.

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