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4.0 out of 5 stars Working Days
`Working Days', as it's title suggests, is a diary written during the writing of Steinbeck masterpiece `The Grapes of Wrath'. This also covers the period afterwards when he is dealing with the praise and political backlash and trying to start writing again. This has an extensive introduction by the editor, as well as a commentary at the start of each section and each...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed from a personal point of view
Having read the journal of East of Eden, this seems comparatively short and to-the-point, None of the musings contained in EoE and Steinbeck's voice and thoughts do not come through nearly as strongly. Disappointed from a personal point of view. As a piece of reference it was relatively useful with a number of quotations used in the final draft of my dissertation. As a...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Working Days, 6 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: Steinbeck John : Working Days (Paperback)
`Working Days', as it's title suggests, is a diary written during the writing of Steinbeck masterpiece `The Grapes of Wrath'. This also covers the period afterwards when he is dealing with the praise and political backlash and trying to start writing again. This has an extensive introduction by the editor, as well as a commentary at the start of each section and each diary entry has notes on some of the more obscure references. These notes were in the back and I spent the whole book flicking back and forth and it may have been better to include them as footnotes. That aside, they did clarify certain points very well for me. This diary shows Steinbeck's working method, as well as his day to day life and his fears, paranoia and frustration with writing this novel. The writing style is very staccato and he admits he only used the diary to get his daily writing flowing (he used to write letters for the same purpose) and this has some, but much less, of the beauty of his novels. Instead it is a raw rendering of his emotional state during this exhausting book creation. This has some photos in the middle that show some of the manuscript pages, people mentioned in the book, as well as the house he wrote the novel in and they make for an interesting glimpse into his world. All in all this is a fascinating, but slightly dry, look at Steinbeck's inner world and is only of real interest to huge fans or scholars.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and enjoyable look inside Steinbeck, 17 Dec. 1998
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This journal of Steinbeck's progress through Grapes of Wrath gives an inside view of what was on his mind when writing the novel. Interesting to see what Grapes of Wrath looked like from the inside out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed from a personal point of view, 10 July 2014
Having read the journal of East of Eden, this seems comparatively short and to-the-point, None of the musings contained in EoE and Steinbeck's voice and thoughts do not come through nearly as strongly. Disappointed from a personal point of view. As a piece of reference it was relatively useful with a number of quotations used in the final draft of my dissertation. As a piece of personal interest give it a miss, but as a point of reference it has value.
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