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The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin Modern Classics) New Ed , Kindle Edition
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I'm sure most will know the basic story; the Joad family along with other 'Oakies' from the Oaklahoma dust bowl travel west to California in search of a new and better life. This is one of the first Route 66 journeys; but it's one filled with a mix of heartbreak and hope. Family members die en route and on arrival in California, far from the land of dreams and promise, there's only more exploitation. This is a novel which resonates particularly well; great insight into the crisis of migrants and mass movement of population. I enjoyed it first time round. I enjoyed it even more,with a different starting point and years of life experience. The use of language is superb, characters are rich and this is a novel I'd happily recommend to anyone.
I do not wish to write anymore as it will spoil the plot, but all I will say is that this is a masterwork of incredible writing and I would definitely recommend it to anyone as a brilliant look at the social development and suffering of 1930's America.
I imagine anyone coming to this novel will know it documents the westward migration from the dustbowl states to California on the false promise of rich fruit-picking opportunities. Steinbeck controls his material perfectly, interleaving chapters set at the personal level following the Joad family, and chapters at the societal level including political observations, editorial comment and anecdotes that broaden the focus from the Joads. He balances the naive hope against the warning signs all around. Even on the third read when the ending is known, the reader is still rooting for Tom Joad, still wishing they could stay in the Government camp, still hoping Herbert Hoover might do something to end the misery.
The Grapes of Wrath is a long book, but it is a quick read that is difficult to put down. This is an object lesson in quality of writing, bringing people and places to life; and it is also a mighty historical record of a short but important time of social change in the United States.
I hardly ever reread books - maybe I should do it more often.
Steinbeck was accused of red agitation in this, his greatest work, but any objective reader will take notice of the parallels between then and now. The gulf between haves and have-nots was blurred and rendered temporarily irrelevant by World War 2 and the prosperity of its consequent industrial boom in Fortress America.
Hunger, lack of work and basic accommodation are sweeping northwards and westwards from the eastern Mediterranean, just as they swept westwards across America in Grapes of Wrath. Even if we have no answers, I believe this book should be re-read annually. Out of sight must not be out of mind.
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Well what can I say?
One of the most amazingly moving books I’ve ever read.
The ending was left wide open so you’re left to draw your own conclusions, but I grew to care... Read more
I hardly write reviews but after I'd finished reading it felt compelled to write. A masterpiece that must be by readers with interest in the history of the suffering of humanity... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Fayomee
Beautifully written literature. History politics and social observation brilliantly woven into the tale. Read morePublished 10 days ago by DRS
Really enjoyed the reading about the Joads trip across America, but the end left me a bit cold. I keep wondering if I'm missing something.Published 29 days ago by D. T. White
i lived for 15 years in the mid west of USA and saw the devastation of land lost and communities wrecked the book is so well written that i found it almost too painful to readPublished 1 month ago by JC630
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