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The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin Modern Classics) by [Steinbeck, John]
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The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin Modern Classics) New Ed , Kindle Edition

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A novelist who is also a true poet (Sunday Times)

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An astonishing novel following a poor family of sharecroppers as they travel to California in search of a better life

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1389 KB
  • Print Length: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 April 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9X8S
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 433 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's some 50 years since I first read The Grapes of Wrath as an exam text. I found it profoundly moving as a teenager and revisiting the book all these years later has proved equally emotional.

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.
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By sujay TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2017
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I am ashamed to say that I never read any John Steinbeck books in my youth, but am now thoroughly enjoying them. I read Of Mice and Men a few months ago and loved that and now moved on to The Grapes of Wrath. From the very beginning I was totally hooked into the story of suffering and poverty faced by the Joad family. As with a lot of families it is the strong female figure that keeps the family going and when things get tough we realise that Ma Joad is indeed that woman. No matter what the family have to face, she is the one who keeps it together and battles on. The story starts with the return home of Tom who is released from prison after killing a man. He then discovers the family have left the small holding they have run and are about to depart on the road to a better life in California. However as we know this is the 1930's and nothing is as simple as it seems. Things are incredibly hard for the Joad family and a series of tragedies follow.

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.
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By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2016
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I remembered The Grapes of Wrath from school many years ago and decided to re-read it. I am so glad I did. This is a powerful novel that had left a profound impression. I had read the novel only twice at school, but remembered so much of it so clearly. Pretty much scene by scene, it was all familiar. I remembered whole phrases, whole sentences, many images.

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.
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I've finally got round to reading this in my fifties. This is a moving and shocking book. The basic plot is quite well known - the migration of the Okies to California in search of work after being driven off their tenanted farms - but the scale of the economic problem is very starkly described here. There are moments when things are not quite so bad for the Joad clan, and even one or two wry chuckles to be had, but basically things start bleak and get worse. The stoicism, resourcefulness and humanity of the Joads is really quite something, as is the desperate inhumanity shown by some of the people they meet, and I think the last few pages will stay with me for a long time. This is a long book but you don't want to put it down. Just make sure you do read it - it has resonance for today even though it describes events from 80+ years ago.
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This American classic describes the plight of economic migrants in forthright, harrowing detail. The dignity and nobility of the starving Joad family grows in proportion to the inhumanity of corporate landowners in 1920s America. It is a book of the most basic contrasts; dustbowl Oklahoma and voluptuously fertile California; dispossessed share croppers and million acre landowners; toadying law officers and mutual self-help.

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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