- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (7 Sept. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141185112
- ISBN-13: 978-0141185118
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tortilla Flat (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 7 Sep 2000
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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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John Steinbeck's first major critical and commercial success, and perhaps his funniest novel, Tortilla Flat includes a critical introduction by Thomas Fensch in Penguin Modern Classics. Danny is a paisano, descended from the original Spanish settlers who arrived in Monterey, California, centuries before. He values friendship above money and possessions, so when he suddenly inherits two houses, Danny is quick to offer shelter to his fellow gentlemen of the road. Together, their love of freedom and scorn for material things draws them into daring and often hilarious adventures. That is, until Danny, tiring of his new responsibilities, suddenly disappears...If you enjoyed Tortilla Flat, you might like Steinbeck's Cannery Row, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. "Steinbeck ...tells the stories of these lovable thieves and adulterers with a poetic purity of heart and prose." (New York Herald Tribune).
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Read the 17 episodes about Danny and his friends with a permanent smile and often laughed out loud because of their antics, conversations and Steinbeck’s own story-telling prowess, which is world class and unforgettable. [This edition also contains a very useful introduction full of information about the book’s characters, appreciation by critics and readers, and later, dumb controversies about its contents, such as preaching communism or stereotyping Latinos.]
Exceptional book with countless open and covert references to chivalry, humanitarianism and logic through allusions to e.g. St. Francis and Catholicism, the Knights of the Round Table and Robin Hood. Have economists ever theorised or modelled total absence of accumulation and investment vs. full consumption? Anthropologists did and called practitioners hunters and gatherers. Great observers and planners, too.
Sincere advice to readers: to lengthen your bliss to 10 whole days, please imbibe just two episodes per day. Otherwise, a wonderful piece of magic to brighten the dark days before Christmas as an annual ritual. Finally, John Steinbeck's “Cannery Road” is about Monterey’s beachside eccentrics. Another marvel to enjoy and cherish annually.
But for me this book has all that and more. I have read it regularly, about every two or three years during my adult life, and each time it reveals something new about *me* and the way I live my life in the present.
For true fans of Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath carries more indignant social commentary, Pippin IV more humour, Burning Bright more romanticism and Of Mice and Men more depth of character, However, if you want to see all these attributes distilled into one short volume, here it is.
To me this little book is John Steinbeck's masterpiece. I cherish every word of it and can honestly say that in my humble opinion it is the finest book in the English language.
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Great depth and feeling, you know you've visited Monterey in the '30sPublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Yeah, John Steinbeck is fantastic. A unique mix of humanism, religion and comedy. Please buy and love life and the people.Published 15 months ago by The D
Tramps fighting for the last bottle of rum in Eastern America with Steinbeck's trademark honest prose; "like little soldiers."Published 20 months ago by Dan Smith
This is John Steinbeck’s first book, and his fourth that I have now read. I think that his books did progress from here, even though this is a first class read and full of... Read morePublished on 23 April 2015 by Thespionic