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The Grapes Of Wrath [Library Binding]

John Steinbeck
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March 28 2006 1417747811 978-1417747818
Shocking and controversial when it was first published in 1939, Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of dust bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel West in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision; an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit.
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Journey with the Joads for 21 hours in this first unabridged version of Steinbeck's classic. Controversial, even shocking, when it was written, the work continues to be so even today. The keen listener can hear why, because it poses fundamental questions about justice, the ownership and stewardship of the land, the role of government, power, and the very foundations of capitalist society. As history, this brings the Dust Bowl years to life in a most memorable way. Steinbeck (Travels with Charley, Audio Reviews, LJ 11/15/94) is a master storyteller and manages to engage the listener's sympathy with this epic story. Reader Dylan Baker, who gives each character a distinctive voice, draws the listener in. His female characters, especially the minor ones and Rose of Sharon, don't seem as authentic as his wonderful evocation of the fictional Tom, Ma, and Pa. But his voice is easy to listen to, and he is faithful to the characters' backgrounds and the plains region. The music that ends each individual tape is perfect for the story. This program is a well-produced, affordable, and worthwhile addition for any library with a serious audiobook collection.?Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., WI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“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

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I learned more form this book than any other. July 4 2004
By Alex
As a Junior AP English student, I was bombarded with summer work, and my assignments included chosing a summer book to read from a selected list. I chose the "Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck, and was immeadiatly captured in the sad story of the Joads and there turbulent Oddessy. Sad and depressing yes, but hopeless it is not; if anything this book is about hope and compassion and empathy for others, and for many of us, including the characters in this novel, that is a lesson learned the hard way. There will probably never be a writer as talented as John Steinbeck; he has a way of making you not only imagine, but feel what is happening in his story. Steinbeck uses his great skill to show both great beauty and harsh reality, and I hope at the time this book was published that it caused political uproar and brought the people in American aristocracy down to Earth to realize what was occurring. Although people moving from Oklahoma to California are the least of our great nation's worries, the thoughts expressed in this book have the power to open the eyes of Americans to many troubling situations that exist today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How 'bout ten stars? June 28 2004
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While I'm normally one to stick with the bestseller list or an Oprah recommendation such as "Da Vinci Code" or "Bark of the Dogwood," I do like to go back and revisit the classics. And "Grapes" IS a classic. "The Grapes of Wrath" is a compelling novel dealing with the many hardships the Joad family undergoes while struggling to survive during the depression. John Steinbeck takes the readers on an emotional roller coaster as each chapter introduces new twists and turns hooking the reader and bringing them in. Throughout their endeavors the characters seem to transform and take on new roles; whether it be a desperate man trying to forget the past, live in the present and move into the future, a hopeless reverend striving to find meaning and holiness in life or a husband coping with failure and the fact that he cannot support let alone take care of his family without the strength and guidance of his wife. The story builds up until even the last sentence and I guarantee it will take your breath away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a Great Book Jan. 22 2004
The Grapes of Wrath was written by John Steinbeck. It basically describes the tragedy of the Oklahoma sandstorms. The first section of the book is nothing more than a very detailed chapter, describing the sandstorms and the lives of the people living in Oklahoma at this period of time. Steinbeck does a great job at describing the miserable life of these people. I thought this was an essential part of the book because it set the mood of the book. It showed the reader, right away, what was going on in the world, and how horrible it was, before he gets into the characters of the story.
During this horrible time, a family decides to leave Oklahoma like every other family was. They decide to travel to California in search for some fortune from the Gold Rush. Their trip is very long and harsh. They all travel across the country with a carriage and a couple of horses. They experience a lot of hardships on their journey. Close to the end of their trip a family member dies because of a disease in their foot. When the family finally gets to California they are expecting an easy life and they are expecting happiness but all they find is more poverty, like in Oklahoma. Nothing was different.
This is the part of the book when I finally realized the family's pain. I finally started to feel really bad for them. This is a huge reason why I loved this book. Towards the end of the book I had serious feelings for the characters. It amazed me.
The Grapes of Wrath doesn't have a very complex plot. It actually doesn't have much of a plot at all. It simply follows a family through a period of their life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars United by Misfortune, Yet Rich At Heart Aug. 26 2003
"I figgered the devil was the enemy. But they's somepin worse'n the devil got hold a country, an it ain't gonna let go till it's chopped loose."
Grapes Of Wrath is the story of the desperate battle of migrant labourers with the rich, greedy, malevolent and the mean. When the Joads arrive in California from their native Oklahoma, their troubles and tribulations are rewarded not by bounty, but by even more hardship. What ensues is a timeless battle. It is waged by the spirit of the downtrodden on the one side, and by the mercenary mean muscle of the other. The story is primordial and resonates with any reader with a sense for perception.
The classic work of fiction describes a world where the rich, with their glitzy cars, ride alone and never mind hitting a man or a noble dog should one come in their way. Then there is the poor and oppressed who, despite their condition, extend a hand time and time again and never forget what is important on the great round dustbowl. The wheel in the sky seems to work against those who toil and possess a heart, but cruelty and oppression are exposed as mere facades that once removed reveal nothing more than a faceless corporate entity bereft of the right to exist.
It is in this setting that John Steinbeck writes in amazingly authentic and sanguine dialogue the flight of the strong-at-heart from, and again into, the belly of a system bent on browbeating compassion, kindness and veracity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
I did not receive the item I ordered. I waited a long time and when it finally came it was something completely different. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert Strachan
5.0 out of 5 stars A true American classic
This serious master-piece has its setting during the "Great Depression" and gives a general view of the 1930's. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time favourite
I have read and savoured this book about 6 times, getting something more out of it each time. The story of the Joad family never ceases to move me in numerous ways and each read... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chrissy Love
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me?
I can't believe this is considered a literary classic. All I felt when I was finished this book was utter disgust that I wouldn't be able to get back the time I spent reading it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Morgan Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Penguin Classics Grapes of Wrath
Received in condition described and within the time frame specified, just before the postal strike. Very happy with this purchase.
Published on June 20 2011 by Larry J
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware
Beware, the book is RETOLD from Margaret Tarner. This does not mean that the book is not good for as much, but it is not the original version written by John Steinbeck. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2010 by anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars delivered on time, condition as advertised
the cover art was different, but the condition of the book was as indicated and it arrived in good time.
Published on May 8 2010 by maya
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
I first read this book over thirty years ago, and it still resonants with me. Set in the Great Depression of the 1930's, it tells of ordinary people pitted against unforeseen... Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2009 by Doug B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Grape or two.
Well worth the length of the book. (over 600 pages) Grapes of wrath, once begun is a can't-put-it-down reading experience. Read more
Published on March 17 2008 by Vera C. Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Great but long
Not a short book by any means, GRAPES is nevertheless THE American Classic. While his EAST OF EDEN is a remarkable work, GRAPES is even more powerful, dealing with the dust-bowl... Read more
Published on July 13 2007 by Sandy Smyth
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