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The Grapes of Wrath: (Centennial Edition)
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on August 17, 2015
Wow, never in my life had I read such a book. At first, It took me a while to get into the story. But once I got used to the style, I could not put it down. I felt happy when the Joad's felt happy, revolted when they were taken advantage of. As we follow this family during the most uncertain times of their life, we can only wonder how it will all end. Truly, this book is a must in every sense of the word.
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on July 10, 2015
a very good buy. I think in better condition than rated by seller
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon April 27, 2015
This classic fell rather flat for me. Perhaps it was the dialogue which seemed more affected than real. The story itself is a rather meandering, atmospheric thing that isn't really headed anywhere. Instead, Steinbeck gives us a fully drawn imaginative picture of the Depression-era south. The same thing could have been accomplished in half the space in my opinion. To be fair, Steinbeck does paint a fairly unique and vivid portrait in these pages, so depending on your tastes you might be ready to take the full journey with him. I wasn't. I've enjoyed other Steinbeck novels, but not this one.
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on April 23, 2015
This is an english as a second language edition, it says John Steinbeck but it is a rewriting and NOT the original text. So if that's the version you're looking for great, if you want to read it as it was intended do not get this.
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on April 11, 2015
OMG - this copy - edited in England & nicely bound & printed in Spain. BUT - it's been ANGLICIZED! wold Steinbeck - or anyone - writing about Okies the horrors of the American thirties write the "tyre" or substitute the word "petrol" for gas? Are readers in England so stupid that they don't understand American terms and words? The book - as a physical object - is OK - but what an insult to a great American writer . . .
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on January 26, 2014
I did not receive the item I ordered. I waited a long time and when it finally came it was something completely different. When it did come, I contacted the seller who advised the item was no longer available. When did they figure that out? Before or after they shipped me the wrong item. Hoping I would just keep it and they could make a sale.
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on January 15, 2014
This serious master-piece has its setting during the "Great Depression" and gives a general view of the 1930's. John Steinbeck who may be the greatest chronicler of this cataclysm wrote this The Grapes of Wrath which is about the struggles of the poor during this time. In the story, the Joad family endures many struggles on their way to find work in California and their lives are a microcosm of struggles of the poor during this time. Like thousands of other families, they encounter hunger, violence, betrayals, setbacks and despair. Yet the Joads maintained dignity, courage, and hope to recover. America was fortunate in that the poor did maintain these virtues which kept their hopes alive and made them not to rebel and throw the nation into anarchy. The nation was also lucky with the ascension to power of Roosevelt. The Grapes of Wrath shows how a people with hope and a leadership committed to its people can overcome disaster to become strong again.It reads in so many ways like Disciples of Fortune and the writing flows in an effortless manner. The Grapes of Wrath a true American Classic is one of the most outstanding books that I have ever read. It does not fail to leaves its mark on a reader.
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on September 28, 2013
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 adds more depth to the characters. I particularly appreciate the strength of ma Joad and he fight to keep her family together. I'm finally compelled to write a review in the hopes this book continues to find its way into you readers hands for future generations.
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on July 20, 2013
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. It gave a better appreciation of what the dustbowl years were like, so I guess it was worthwhile to get a better historical feel for that time period. The overall story line fell incredibly short of my expectations.
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on June 24, 2013
I would recommend this product to anybody who loved the book and is looking for an 'old' copy but isn't necessarily a collector looking for first editions. The shape the book was in was perfect! you could tell it was old, the pages were slightly yellowed, and one corner was slightly dog eared, but for a book from this long ago, it was excellent and nicely worn. Super pleased with my purchase.
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