Scientist, artisan, anachronism
"Cannery row in Montaray, in California, is: a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery row is: the gathered and scattered ,tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honkey tonks, restaurants and whore houses and little crowded groceries, laboratories and flop houses. It's inhabitants are, as the man once said: whores, pimps, gamblers and sons of bitches; by which he meant everybody. Had the man looked through another peep-hole, he might have said: saints and angels and martyrs and holy men, and he would have meant the same thing." (from the preface, by Steinbeck)
Steinbeck knows hardship. He knows what is forged in the heart in the flames of tribulation. He knows goodness, knows badness. He captures situations, environments, events and the emotional effects of the combination of these that is life. Steinbeck has a specific style and it is consistent in each of his novels. It is obvious when it is a Steinbeck. This story, as always, is great.
(my other Steinbeck ratings: grapes of wrath- 5; of mice and men- 5; the pearl- 5; cannery row- 5; tortilla flat- 5)
Moved to Stratford Ontario in 2014. Listen to my stories at night in bed mostly. Like narrators that aren't too loud or shrill!
When I was a young child, I lived in a fishing village in the late '40's, and early '50's. There were canneries in our small village, and many of the people worked either on the boats, or in the canneries.
There was quite a community - something like that of Cannery Row.
We visited Monterey some years ago, and I enjoyed knowing that Steinbeck wrote about that area.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
this is the first time i ever read it. i have become fond of steinbeck lately.
i think the two other steinbeck books i read: east of eden and grapes of wrath are similar.
especaily grapes of wrath.
oh the first party at doc's!!
i read it in a 24 hour period.
such a great book. i think steinbeck has become one of my faves!
I was so disappointed with this narration. It did not in any way capture the beauty and humor of this wonderful book. Please get Hector Elizondo to perform it. Thank you.
Steinbeck crafts vivid and genuine characters who act out his comparison of the ways the denizens of Monterey and cannery row live their disparate lives. Mr. Lee. Doc. Mac. Dora. They lead interesting lives harmonized with their environments in an odd equilibrium.
the narrator was fine- but its not my favorite book by Steinbeck. I love Grapes and East of Eden. This one was worth listening to but I didn't die over it like the others.
I think I was confused about it.
I pictured a young Henry Fonda as Doc. and Mac was John Mayer. Yes that would be an impossible cast but its how I was imagining them.
Some years ago I read Tortilla Flats. It is much the same genre. People in hard times or in a rough spot making it by the best they could. I like it better than distopias.
The voice acting was pretty good. The story is often boring and still life. One action scene at the end but otherwise just describing people and what they do. Took a long time to will myself to finish it.