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Cannery Row (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 7 Sep 2000
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Packed with invention and joie de vivre CANNERY ROW is Steinbeck's high-spirited tribute to his native California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Here we have a menagerie of animals in focus: sea creatures, rats, rattlesnakes, sea lions, frogs, dogs, cats & puppies, even gophers! Steinbeck talks expertly about marine life and living on the coast near a fishery, which in fact, he did!
The character of ‘Doc’ is based on a soulmate of his - Ed Ricketts, who was indeed a marine biologist. He clearly taught Steinbeck an awful lot?
The storyline is simple and the main characters are well documented on here, so I won’t duplicate. The tale is never less than interesting to fascinating, with the outcomes never certain? There are so many add ons, tangents, twists and turns that there’s always a nice surprise around the corner.
It is an art form to write in a compelling way, drawing the reader in, deeper and deeper, and yet add the addition of a clever humour or biting wit. I promise you this read will make you smile.
One of the main storylines is that of ‘loneliness,’ or those without partners? Only the Malloys – who live in an old boiler, are married. The rest by and large are now single. Even the gopher finds no joy here!
Aside from the main characters, we have several others who drift in and out, and add greatly to the piece - the mysterious Chinaman, who only appears briefly at dawn and dusk! Then there’s William, who is the bouncer at the brothel. Poor Frankie, the backward kid who wants to be a waiter! Henri, whose boat is taking longer to build than the Titanic… and so it goes on!
The yarn is far from straightforward; we come across a ‘Basic Instinct’ moment with an ice pick. A suicide, a dead body, an incarceration, a gopher that bumps into a ‘gopher mobster’ … and so it goes on! Did I mention all the parties, the Model T Truck and the roof top skater … I think you get the picture!
This is a great little read and I just loved it – 5 stars all the way, and I’ve just ordered Steinbeck’s, ‘the ‘Wayward Bus’ - Can’t wait!
I was delighted at the expert manner in which he developed the workings and motivations of each character, with their actions confirming the simplicity of their lives. The story has no particular plot, just meanders on from day to day.
The characters in Cannery Row are, without exception, society’s outcasts: Drunkards, thieves, prostitutes, gamblers and down-on-their-luck businessmen. From reading this you would be forgiven for thinking this story would be bleak or perhaps unpleasant. Nothing could be further from the truth. From big-brain Doc, through all the other brain sizes, down to Frankie, behaviours are analyzed, wisdom is implied and actions are described to explain the obvious.
It's refreshing to read about characters who genuinely love life. There isn't a whole lot of brooding or introverted thoughts; just a small group with tenuous links in common getting on with their lives and co-existing. There is a subtle thread of mutual love and friendship throughout.
I found the book uplifting and fun to read. There is tragedy and sadness but also great and simple joys and an honest way of living which has perhaps been lost these days. I don't envy any of their hard lives but in the midst of their poverty, crime and immoral behaviour Steinbeck has fashioned a flowing and delightful tale.