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
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.
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!
Stories don't get any simpler than this. One of my favorite books for the simplicity of the characters. Great narration by Jerry too.
The first party.
The audio version sparks just as much imagery as the print version. I would not consider one version better than the other.
Doc is a really solid, hard working guy. He's there for his community when they need him and has a high level of empathy and tolerance for others who are not
If my circumstances allowed it, I would have listened all the way through, start to finish. I actually listened over a few days while driving and flying and could not wait to get back into the book.
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.
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