FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10.
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Tortilla Flat (Penguin Mo... has been added to your Basket

Dispatch to:
To see addresses, please
Or
Please enter a valid UK postcode.
Or
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Expedited shipping available on this book. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Tortilla Flat (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 7 Sep 2000

4.4 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

See all 40 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£8.99
£2.99 £1.62
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£8.99 FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10. Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently bought together

  • Tortilla Flat (Penguin Modern Classics)
  • +
  • Cannery Row (Penguin Modern Classics)
  • +
  • Sweet Thursday (Penguin Modern Classics)
Total price: £27.30
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • 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)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

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)"

From the Inside Flap

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).

See all Product description

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 April 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
`Tortilla Flat' was Steinbeck's break through novel and it is also one of his funniest. Following the exploits of Danny, Pilon, Pablo and various other Paisanos in the Monterey area, this book has one humorous adventure after another. As I've come to expect from Steinbeck (and I've yet to be let down!) this book has beautiful prose that sinks you immediately into the time and setting of the story. You can feel the colours, textures, smells and ambiance of every scene and you experience the facets of this book keenly and richly. If I sound like a fan, that's because I am, I love Steinbeck and this book only solidifies that opinion. You can see the emergence of Mack and the boys from `Cannery Row' in the dialogue and exploits of Danny and the rest in this novel and this shows the development of Steinbeck's group narrative and descriptions very well between the two. If you want a short, yet highly humorous book (that had me chuckling out loud on more than one occasion), with a more poignant ending that you'd expect, then this is the book for you and as you may have guessed this is one I recommend a great deal.

Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed everything that I have read of Steinbeck from The Red Pony which was a set book at school on, consequently I cannot here a word said against this work. His characters' lives are so different from any experience of mine but they leap straight from the page to your brain and lodge there as part of your world forever.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought as a present for a Steinbeck fan but she said it isn't one of his best books. Still finished though so only four stars.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The un-American activities and ambitions of Danny and his friends have delighted readers for generations. This slim classic immediately creates a unique, opportunistic universe, ethos and worldview. It is situated in the fishing and canning town of Monterey CA just after WW I among its ‘paisanos’, proud men (and women) of mixed ‘Spanish’ origin. They are not very many and not productive either. Some here are living with Danny in his small house in the hills overlooking Monterey’s bay and harbour.They are keen observers and philosophers of the life surging and bristling around them. Their key concern is wine, bought or bartered per gallon and how to acquire more without pure physical effort.
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Got this book but never got to read, but I like his books, would give 5 stars but didn't read at all. Sounded good though.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The characters in Tortilla Flat justify their delinquent "activities" in the town by imagining that they are acting selflessly, in the best interests of someone else. That may mean spending another's money on wine to stop that person buying candy that's bad for their teeth. Or it may mean stealing someone's money to see that it is "wisely invested". In recounting these tales, Steinbeck has tapped into something we can all relate to in some way or another, and he does it with great wit. For this reason (as well as the excellent introduction to this PMC edition), I liked the book. However, while the book is worth reading, I prefer the intensity of Steinbeck's more sombre novels.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Some readers will see the pure story of Tortilla Flat, some will gain hints of the book's wider moral undertones, others again will see its romantic side.
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.
1 Comment 54 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Another brilliant yarn fro JS. It deals with a bunch of carefree bums getting on with their hand to mouth existence. The good fortune of one of the group to inherit two houses from his grandfather enables them to live a near epicurian existence. But unlike the rest of us who would get very upset when some of the bums burn one of his houses down in a drunken stupor, our hero kind of like the release from the responsibility of owning two properties. And:Was life ever this simple? Yes it was according to my ancient relatives who never tire from telling me just how drunk and out of control things used to be when the carpet was rolled up and a shindig held in the village.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category