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The Grapes of Wrath

Steinbeck, John (Book - 2002 )
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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
Subject Headings: Migrant agricultural laborers Fiction Rural families Fiction Depressions Fiction Labor camps Fiction California Fiction Oklahoma Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Political fiction
Topical Term: Migrant agricultural laborers
Rural families
Depressions
Labor camps
LCCN: 2001056103
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Join the discussion on April 21, 2015. This Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of the Joad family's life on a failing Oklahoma farm, their difficult journey to California, and their disillusionment once they arri... Read More »

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.

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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 eq... Read More »


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Jun 19, 2014
  • mkince rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

What a bitter pill to swallow! Great great social commentary but the constant inequity and continued struggles with no end in sight made me stop reading. Maybe I will continue but only in single chapters at a time. I am glad I am not a depressed person. The book could put me over the edge...However, some of the imagery is stunning and dialogue most insightful. Steinbeck superbly creates living characters in the book.

Apr 26, 2014
  • lostronaut rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

never have i felt so inspired by a turtle crossing a highway.

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.

Dec 06, 2013
  • 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.

Aug 04, 2013
  • 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.

Jan 28, 2013
  • 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.

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.

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

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

Aug 16, 2012
  • 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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