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
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The first time I read Cannery Row was in junior college in the early 60's. I have always loved the characters and the flow of the story. Having lived in Monterey, California, for some time, I always felt a part of the story. Hearing it performed was very different than the voices that I conjured up when I read it to myself. Not worse, not better - just very different. For that reason alone I would recommend it very highly to anyone who likes the story. Perhaps it is like drinking good beer from an ice cold mug rather than the bottle.
I wouldn't say better – my son reads along as the audio version plays. This way he gets the best of both worlds and can make the necessary notes on the pages of the book as he goes.
I have not listened to other Jerry Farden's performances, but will because he did an amazing job with Cannery Row.
What a great opportunity for all kids to have access to. There was not one flaw in the reading of the story, nor in the choice of performers. An absolutely captivating listen!
This is a heart-warming (and at times heart-breaking) story that is no less real for having been a fiction. Great novels have a lot to teach, but the best never sound pedantic.
The narrator does a wonderful job.
I love Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - this is comparable in that I slowed down my 'reading' near the end - didn't want to leave my new friends.
Wonderful Story that captures a time and place you wish you could been apart of.
This is my favorite Steinbeck book and I was thrilled to finally see it on Audible. Unfortunately this narrator's take on Steinbeck's writing felt too glib and casual to me, and also a little too childish. It would have been perfect for a Mark Twain novel, but this book would have benefited by a reader with a more serious and less lighthearted approach. But it's still a good listen and a great book.
In reviewing books like Cannery Row, considered classics, when I have liked them I have compared them to time machines, a book written in a time long gone within a culture made distant by time can have the ability to take us back to that time and place and allow us to live there with the characters and be a part of that culture. Cannery Row does this in a beautiful way, the people often eccentric, become alive and around us and we have the opportunity through this beautiful book to become part of a community that is no longer with us. It is wonderful to bring a book like this into our lives, we are better for it, we understand a place in the past and therefore understand some of the path we have traveled as a society, and see some of the things we have lost as well as gained.
The story revolves around the community called Cannery Row, and Steinbeck writes a colorful and beautiful story around it, it is funny, interesting, sad and totally engrossing.
Highly Recommended, you will be better for this story to be part of your life.
Steinbeck's attempt at humor comes across mostly flat in this period piece.
The setting is the same as most Steinbeck novels- you can picture it - a depressed rural town and a bunch of plain folk who live day-to-day, and year-to-year, with no grand design for their own lives.
In my opinion Steinbeck is better at writing serious fiction. I believe this is because his "Earthy" characters (ironically) both inebriate and sober the senses away from any true levity.
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