The Grapes Of Wrath: (centennial Edition)

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The Grapes Of Wrath: (centennial Edition)

by John Steinbeck

Penguin Books | January 17, 2002 | Trade Paperback

The Grapes Of Wrath: (centennial Edition) is rated 4.1818 out of 5 by 11.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.

This Centennial edition, specially designed to commemorate one hundred years of Steinbeck, features french flaps and deckle-edged pages.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 17, 2002

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142000663

ISBN - 13: 9780142000663

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fits on it!!!!! The book The grapes of Wrath as many other books of John Steinbeck is the kind of book that the author focuses on describing the setting and the characters in the story. The story took place in the United States of America, in a place called Sally saw, in Oklahoma, such place is where the family Joads lived when the story began. A man named Tom Joad just got out of jail when the soty began,after been in prison for three years, he was very exited to see his folks again, but in the way to go back home he found out that things had changed. When he arrived home, he noticed that the house was empty and then he realized that there was something wrong, but out of the sudden a man came out, his name was Cassy and he was a preacher before Tom had gone to jail, they traveled together to meet the Joads at Toms uncle John house, where they were supposed to be. In the way there Tom saw a friend and then we found out that his family was about to leave to California because everybody there had lost everything by the hands of the government . Tom and Cassy step up to meet the Joads before they leave, and when they finally arrived to the house Tom saw his family again and they told him their plans to go to California and work there. When they were ready to go, Cassy decided to followe them. When they got in their way, the life in the roads was totally different,even though they had some money and food they had to leave in the roads, travelling on the day time and sleeping besides the high way at night. The time passed by and while the people that was migrating to California spent their lives in the high ways, small camps began to be formed, and at every certain distance people would be camping and staying at night. The weeks were passing and the Joads were still in their way to California, and the problems began to emerge, this because Toms gram-father died, creating tension between the family.Later on Al (Toms brother) also decided to go by himself and the family continued to get broken up into a part. Almost in California, the Joads were camping at a Hookville besides the high way and the police came to tell the people to leave right away because they were not allowed to camp there and if not they were going to burn up the camp,saying that some upset people started complaining and a fight began between the police and people, at last the policeman shot a woman and Tom knock him out,however the other policeman called for help and try to take Tom to prison but Cassy, the preacher, said that he was guilty and they took him instead of Tom. When the Joads finally got to California they stayed in a government camp for one month, even though it was an amazing place to live, they could not stay longer because there was not any work at all around the area, so they decided to leave the camp and go up north where was supposed to be plenty of work. By that time grandma could not handle the lost of her husband and she also died when they had just arrived to California.This situations drove the people desperate and the hunger was been a problem for everybody, which made the things even worse because people was force to work for very low wages because the owners of the farms knew that if the hungry people did not want the job, they could easily get someone more hungry and pay less, but still he would do the same job. At this time the Joads were in his way up north and in the middle of the road a man stopped them and told them that if they needed to work they could go to his farm not too far from there, and in the same day the joads got to the farm and started to work there.After a full day of work, the joad had gotten money to have a nice dinner, and at night Tom decided to have a walk around the area, while he was walking Tom realized that there was something weird in that place and he wanted to find out, so he went close to some tents outside the ranch, and his surprised was that Cassy the preacher was there making plans with some other people to have an strike in the farm because they were not getting the money that they had accord since the beginning, however things went wrong and they got cought and Cassy got killed, but at the same time Tom went crazy and hit the guy in the head for several times. After that happened the Joad quited the job and went away, however Tom also went away form them because they had gotten a new job but they would not contract Tom because the police was looking for him. The Joads worked there for a few months until the rain season came, while Tom was hiding in a cave. Big rains devastated California and the people lost all their stuff, in the other hand the joads had more problems because Toms sister was pregnant and the baby born dead, the girl was awful sick, so they had to leave the place where they lived because of the rain was destroying everything from there. The joads stayed in a barn with other two men that were already there, and waited until the rain stop.
Date published: 2011-01-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worthy of a Nobel Prize... I Think Not This book has got to be the worst piece of literature I have ever read. It had all the elements of a great novel but it somehow did not turn out. First of all, the plot was flat; there was hardly a climax at all. Secondly, I could not connect to the characters. I didn’t care what happened to Tom Joad and his family; they could have all died and I wouldn’t have cared. And lastly, the ending (if you can call it that) is so unfulfilling. After over 400 pages of torture, all you end up with is a chapter that doesn’t constitute as an ending. Also, should reading a book make you angry, when nothing is happening in the book to make you angry? Every time I picked up this book, I just became more and more angry at how overwhelmingly awful this book was. Although there must be something admirable about this, I can’t see it, and hold no respect for a novel of this low calibre. I’m just sorry that I can’t give it the rating it deserves: a zero
Date published: 2005-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than I remembered... I read this book many years ago when I was in grade 10. Unfortunately, I was too young to fully appreciate this wonderful book back then. This time around, I was mesmerized! It is a wonderful, touching story of a family trying to make a life for themselves despite the most terrifying circumstances. I wish it went on for another hundred pages so that I could spend more time with the Joads.
Date published: 2004-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Grapes of Wrath This book is by far the most amazing book I have ever read. Steinbeck's use of realism to portray everyday goals in life transform a story of journey, to an amazing novel full of character and setting. This book is an easy 10 out of 10. Every chapter was a brilliant story. After reading this book I can see why Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Peace Price for Literature.
Date published: 2003-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grapes of Wrath This book deserves more credit than it ever gets. Steinbeck does an amazing job of incorporating multiple levels of understanding. The interchapters created a sense of nostalgia. As I read the book I could feel the immense heat and the hunger and the pain that the Joads were experiencing. You could read the book a hundred times and always get something new out of it. I loved it.
Date published: 2001-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Get with it! What's with this book? It's terrible! Let's be honest, it's a bad, bad book. For some reason, no one wants to admit it, because the title has some untouchable masterpiece element to it. Just because it's "The Grapes Of Wrath" I'm supposed to like it? Or even appreciate it for that matter? It stinks. Turning each page is like sitting in a shoe store for twelve hours! And for the record, I am one of the people who DID notice all the Biblical references, so I took this thing on more of a deeper, profound level. I am not narrow minded; I have read and recognized great literature. Lord of the Flies and Catcher in the Rye constitues as great. This does not. . . I tried to like the Grapes of Wrath, and it still stinks! It's boring, and even several of my English teachers agree. So let's all move on in life and forget this piece of junk was ever written.
Date published: 2000-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greater Understanding of Human Evolution I don't ever recall a piece of literature ever affecting my outlook on life as much as that of " The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck. When reading any ordinary novel, a plot, some action and charaters are revealed to the intensity that is needed to inform the reader of the depths of the book. While reading this novel, John Steinbeck evokes the reader to look deep into the realms of life, humanity and understanding to absorb the multitudes of the story. Without causing great distress in the reader's mind, the course of the plot, the develpment of the characters and the evolution of the understanding, we are held in the appreciation of a great author and thought. I would recommend this beautiful piece of literature to anyone who is not afraid to adventure into the depths of greatness!!!
Date published: 2000-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Grapes of Wrath I challenge readers to not be physically moved to a state of near tears from the beauty of Steinbeck's writing, from the tragic to the lighter parts of this masterpiece. Simply the most magnificent book that I have ever read. One follows an often heart wrenching journey of the Joads as they frantically try to survive from one crisis to the next. Along the journey I felt I almost became one of the children of the family as I experienced their confrontations with circumstances beyond their control. Throughout the book there is an overwhelming sense of the pure anxiety we feel as human beings experiencing the loss of control over our circumstances and life, coupled with Steinbeck's raw beauty of prose that break to digress to side trips and observations on life (ironic, sad and comical at times) as it surrounds the family and other parties they encounter. Truly I feel that one cannot help but come away more enriched and a better person from reading what I can only call this beautiful, beautiful artwork of print and thought that speaks of and pays tribute to human strength, both mental and physical.
Date published: 2000-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ***** This book examines the American psyche and puts it on display in a way that enables Canadians to clearly identify our underlying cultural differences for better and for worse. A great piece of literature.
Date published: 2000-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Then and now I read this book after realizing that my young family had to sell our farm and move to a different area. Could not put it down. Made me realize the courage that many of our ancestor had. Also brought me to the realization that the same events unfold even today on our farms on the prairies. (We have just seen the beginning of this)
Date published: 2000-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Humanity for a change If you are looking for a novel that will change the way you view humanity, The Grapes of Wrath is a book you should read. Full of emotion, this novel is written straight from the heart and will leave you reflecting on the limits of your own humanity.
Date published: 1999-11-16

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The Grapes Of Wrath: (centennial Edition)

by John Steinbeck

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 17, 2002

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142000663

ISBN - 13: 9780142000663

From the Publisher

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.

This Centennial edition, specially designed to commemorate one hundred years of Steinbeck, features french flaps and deckle-edged pages.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

No writer is more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America''s greatest writers and cultural figures.

Editorial Reviews

“Steinbeck is a poet. . . . Everything is real, everything perfect.” —Upton Sinclair, Common Sense

“I think, and with earnest and honest consideration . . . that The Grapes of Wrath is the greatest American novel I have ever read." — Dorothy Parker

“It seems to me as great a book as has yet come out of America.” —Alexander Woollcott
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