Here is Steinbeck’s tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society, dependent on one another for both physical and emotional survival.
Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack and his boys, and the other characters in this world, where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and most poignant works.
Public Domain ©1945 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin
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.
Yes, interesting story well written
Yes, like his way of writing
His immitations of characters gives feeling of being there
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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!
Great book by a literary giant. The narrator does a great job capturing the subtle wit, poetry and mirth of the text. It takes great skill and understanding to deliver every word like this. A truly enjoyable, funny, beautiful audiobook. A sensational contrast to Grapes of Wrath and Mice and Men (both also excellent). I highly recommend.
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.
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