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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141186313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141186313
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Shepherd on 27 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a frightening book, with more real horror than ten of the standard fare. By detailing one man's sliding morals, it holds up a mirror to everyone, as we all have faced similar decisions between doing what is right and doing what is convenient. And facing ourselves can be truly horrifying -- especially when the collective result of everyone's decisions is clearly evident in the ethical morass of today's world, from a President trying to re-formulate the English language to the Enron financial fiasco to wide-spread cheating on exams at military academies that pride themselves on the honor system.
For this novel Steinbeck decided to remove himself from his normal California setting in favor of the East Coast. By doing so he availed himself of a milieu where tradition and 'old money' set the standards for acceptance into 'society'. Ethan Hawley is a man whose family used to be part of that 'society', but due to bad financial decisions he now finds himself clerking for an immigrant who owns the grocery store he himself used to own. With a wife quietly but constantly chiding him about her desires for a better life, to be able to hold her head up in society, and two kids constantly clamoring for more things, Ethan finds himself at a crossroads between a rigid moral code instilled in him by his aunt and grandfather, and providing a better life for those he loves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By VanGo on 22 Jun. 2005
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I liked this Steinbeck offering. I liked the fact that it's about small town morality, and ultimately society's morals too. The narrative raises questions about our attitudes towards the mundane and the everyday humdrum things like friendship, honesty, ambition, deception, fidelity, sex, family, avarice, petty corruption and to those of us who fall between the cracks.
Okay, so that may sound very traditional and staid, perhaps it isn't sexy enough, but that's exactly why I admire Steinbeck's work. He writes about the real and our day-to-day lives and in this novel he highlights questions of morality through the story of failed businessman Ethan Hawley and New Baytown in late '50s early '60s America.
I found it a compelling read, it wasn't an obvious story to tell and so I never really knew where the story was going to turn. It grabbed me with some clever structure and brilliant characterisation. I was particularly struck by the finely observed relationship between that of the protagonist and of his wife Mary, "My Mary".
Steinbeck's power for social realism shone out, describing the life of New Baytown and its occupants in minute detail and through it showing the quiet nobility of ordinary working people. It reminded me strongly of similar evocations in his masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath.
This is a quirky and deceptively well-written book, with snappy dialogue, memorable characters and an intellectual seriousness lying behind the seemingly innocuous events. Recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Aug. 2001
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The Winter of Discontent is a wonderful novel which works on lots of levels. It centres on Ethan Hawley, who works in a grocery store which his family used to own. Seemingly happy at being poor, Ethan tries to instill old-fashioned virtues into his family. He also knows that he should try to regain his families name in the community and that he should strive to be something more than a shop assistant. Steinbeck cleverly intermingles all of the characters into Hawley's ingenious plot to become rich and satisfy his childrens' lust for material wealth. Greed of course plays a big part in this novel makes this novel from the 1960s topical today. This is one of Steinbeck's last novels and the first one of his I have ever read. I heartily recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Mar. 2007
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This well told story is a testament to the fact that none of society's ongoing cravings for materialistic fulfillment are anything new. The scrambling to achieve a better social standing and to keep up with the Jones's would seem to have been a concern to most of suburbia for quite some time. This is part of the subject of this poignant story. The lead character is Ethan and initially seems to be a contented, intelligent, well liked man, and could be happy with his position in life, even though that position is quite low down the ladder. However, those around him, family and friends, seem to be reticent, at least to some degree, to accept Ethan's place in the world. His children are disgruntled with their lack of family wealth and Ethan worry's about his wife's social standing. They have no car and they have no TV. These things and others are what seem to count to those around Ethan. Ethan's honest character and mind are eventually worked upon until he succumbs to crossing the line that he has previously drawn between himself and the unacceptable. The story is that of a good man, and his inner battle to maintain or to regain his dignity.

As well as the main story of one mans descent under the weight of expectation there are also touches of sex, race, crime and corruption as well as a window into 1960's American suburbia and the attitudes thereof.

There is a message in the story that I found strangely reassuring. The modern phenomenon of wanting something, or everything, for nothing, is not new. Our sad obsession with celebrity is not a modern intellectual rot. Youth has not taken a terrible slide into indolence. All these undesirable quality's are present in this story and gradually wear Ethan down into submission.
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