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The Long Valley (Penguin Modern Classics) by [Steinbeck, John]
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The Long Valley (Penguin Modern Classics) New Ed , Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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John Steinbeck knew and understood America and Americans better than any other writer of the twentieth century. (The Dallas Morning News) A man whose work was equal to the vast social themes that drove him. (Don DeLillo)"

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Anthology of thirteen short stories by the Nobel Prize-winner, includes Red Pony, Flight, and Johnny Bear.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 847 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141185511
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (30 Nov. 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9YGE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 13 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
This compilation of short stories will not only entertain, but will reward repeat readings to no end. Also there are definate embrionic shapes of characters in his later works. For instance the story entitled Jonny Bear's titular character smacks of Lennie in OMAN. I'd recommend this book to anyone who has a passing interest in either Steinbeck or short stories
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I'm reading and re-reading all of Steinbeck's books. What total genius....!!! Although there are many similarities in all his books (setting, characters, etc.) each one is a little gem. If you've enjoyed any Steinbeck you'll enjoy this - a great read from the great man....
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Even the most ardent Steinbeck fan would admit that these stories do not represent the pinnacle of the great man's achievements. But they certainly do not lack interest.
As you read the stories, you can almost sense Steinbeck's confidence growing, and it the reader can see the development of the characteristic Steinbeck "style".
In "The Snake" we meet a prototype of Doc from "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday", and "The Raid" reads like an early working of "In Dubious Battle".
Anyone interested in Steinbeck, not to mention anyone interested in American social history, will find much to interest them in these pages.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
`The Long Valley' is yet another outstanding Steinbeck book, this time a collection of short stories set around, and in, the Salinas Valley in California. From the betrayal of `The Chrysanthemums', via the simple evocation of `Breakfast' and the look at husband and wife dynamics in `The White Quail', The Harness' and `The Murder' this book leads you from beautiful story to another until it leaves you satisfied and breathless at the characterisation and imagery in `Red Pony'. This last story is in 4 part and covers nearly 80 pages and it moved me through a wide range of emotions. From contentment, sorrow, happiness, pity and more besides, this story has the ability to connect with you at a deep level and make you feel things as keenly as the characters. The only story to stand out from the others is `Saint Katy the Virgin' which is about an almost demonic pig that gets converted to Christianity. If nothing else this story is original! This edition has a good introduction looking at the themes of the stories and makes for interesting reading in it's own right. All in all, if you're a fan of Steinbeck you won't be disappointed. You'll recognise the vivid imagery and beautiful writing and this is perfect to dip in and out of, or even read in one sitting. Simply wonderful.

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Even the most ardent Steinbeck nut would not claim these stories to be his best work. But they are not to be missed.
Lovers of Steinbecks novels will find a lot to tickle their fancy here - a prototype doc from "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday", an early working of "In Dubious Battle", and the genesis of the depiction of a working class California.
If you love "The Grapes of Wrath", "East of Eden", in fact any of the other great novels, give this book of short stories a go. You won't regret it
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Considering the age of this book - 44 years old - the condition was amazing. It is a pleasure to receive an older book of this quality.
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