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The Grapes of Wrath

Steinbeck, John (Book - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Grapes of Wrath


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The Grapes of Wrath is a landmark of American literature. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man's fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman's stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. 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 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 collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. First published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath summed up its era in the way that Uncle Tom's Cabin summed up the years of slavery before the Civil War. Sensitive to fascist and communist criticism, Steinbeck insisted that: The Battle Hymn of the Republic be printed in its entirety in the first edition of the book-which takes its title from the first verse: He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck's fictional chronicle of the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930's is perhaps the most American of American Classics.
Authors: Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968
Title: The grapes of wrath
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2002
Edition: John Steinbeck centennial ed. (1902-2002)
Characteristics: 455 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: John Steinbeck
Summary: The Grapes of Wrath is a landmark of American literature. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man's fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman's stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. 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 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 collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. First published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath summed up its era in the way that Uncle Tom's Cabin summed up the years of slavery before the Civil War. Sensitive to fascist and communist criticism, Steinbeck insisted that: The Battle Hymn of the Republic be printed in its entirety in the first edition of the book-which takes its title from the first verse: He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck's fictional chronicle of the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930's is perhaps the most American of American Classics.
ISBN: 0142000663
9780142000663
Branch Call Number: FICTION STEINBECK 2002
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Report This Feb 18, 2014
  • gabrielramos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

No book has ever stirred so many emotions within me. Fight through to the end and you will thank yourself a million times over, for you will have come out of it a more understanding human being.

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  • RainCityLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My Desert Island Book #1: I think this was the first grown up book that ever made me cry. We were talking about formative experiences a while back, and this book came to mind for me as a huge part of forming my world view, or confirming me in my views. I've since read most of Steinbecks other books - and eagerly await those I haven't - and while I've been perhaps even more impressed by some of the others and how they interrelate (check out In Dubious Battle, a great labor novel that precedes this), this remains the pinnacle for me. There is nothing even a minute out of date to this masterwork about the dignity of work, and the seemingly perpetual struggle between the haves and the have nots. I need to read this one again.

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  • anthonybencivengo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Steinbeck's classic migrant epic remains as emotionally devastating - and as socially relevant - as it was when it first came out 75 years ago.

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  • Krull14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Incredible historic account of what life was like during the "dust bowl". A story of hardship that is very different from today's society of comfort even during hardship. A classic story of a family who tries to make it through even when all else fails.

Report This Jan 18, 2013
  • dano62 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I find this novel is a great descriptor about the basics of human peril. I particularly enjoyed the chapters that well described the scenario of conditions of mid-west migrants to California during the time period of this story. I would also recommend reading the intro about the author. What a surprise the ending is! As well, when Tom's name is mentioned as one of the the cotton-pickers.

Great book. Makes me want to explore deeper into such a significant part of American History. Listen to Bruce Springsteen's Ghost of Tom Joad for that added effect.

Report This Nov 23, 2012
  • reilly_2001 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

THE novel to enjoy...anytime...a true artist.

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  • 12sonas rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing story about a brave, amazing family. The book is so deep that multiple thematic connections can constantly be drawn and little references to the Bible can be gleaned from this book. The title itself is very meaningful. no matter how many times you read this book, each time you will discover something new.

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  • lesnord rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

my favorite book of all time. Tells the timeless tale of how pain and loss make people more compassionate and empathetic.

Report This Jun 12, 2012
  • sylvesterthekat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Truly one of the greatest works of fiction in the English language. Beautifully written, evoking a time and place so thoroughly and perfectly that you feel you're right there and a story so involving and absorbing that you remember the feelings it gave you for years afterwards. One not to be missed.

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