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A tale of bitterness and class hatred
on 26 July 2002
Steinbeck's American novels are marked out in their passion for man's struggle against injustice. Written just before "The Grapes of Wrath", but still during the Great Depression, this is the tale of the violent revolt of Californian fruit-pickers.
Jim Nolan's journey into the world of organised labour finds him in the company of Mac, an experienced hand. A fascinating book, that pulls no punches re the exploitation of men and women with little voice in their own lives.
Make no mistake -- Steinbeck displays deep sympathy for the hopes and dreams of those itinerant workers who find themselves working harder for less. A tremendous story, full of hope and fear, menace and optimism, despair and determination.