Tortilla Flat

Paperback | April 28, 1977

byJohn Steinbeck

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Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur’s castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging—men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude.
 
As Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck chronicles their deeds—their multiple lovers, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinking—he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him.

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This is a masterfully crafted novel that follows the adventures of a motley gang of fun-seeking Mexican-Americans whose exploits recall those of King Arthur's knights. Set in the downtrodden district of California's Monterey Peninsula, Tortilla Flat is a clever novel that's rich in character; it brims with all the humour and warmth tha...

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Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur’s castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camara...

In recent years Steinbeck has been elevated to a more prominent status among American writers of his generation. If not quite at the world-class artistic level of a Hemingway or a Faulkner, he is nonetheless read very widely throughout the world by readers of all ages who consider him one of the most "American" of writers. Born in Sali...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.52 × 4.25 × 0.57 inPublished:April 28, 1977Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140042407

ISBN - 13:9780140042405

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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This is a masterfully crafted novel that follows the adventures of a motley gang of fun-seeking Mexican-Americans whose exploits recall those of King Arthur's knights. Set in the downtrodden district of California's Monterey Peninsula, Tortilla Flat is a clever novel that's rich in character; it brims with all the humour and warmth that readers have come to expect from John Steinbeck, one of the greatest, quintessentially American writers of all-time.

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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)"