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
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.
Which says a lot. There are some authors who, once you've read one of their books, call out to you to read the rest because you've heard their song and have fallen hopelessly and forever in love.
I love how he describes everything, but sometimes felt there was too much detail about the characters. Some of it was unnecessary to the story. Good read; I enjoyed it. Next up for me.....Grapes of Wrath.
I loved the tough & tumble stories! The resourcefulness of the characters reminds me of some of the adventures my dad would tell of his wild youth during the depression.
The narrator! I bought this audiobook because my book club was reading it. I told them all I wished they had listened to it. Of course Steinbeck's prose is wonderful, but it really came to life through this voice.
No, but I will!
I read "Of Mice and Men" in college but skipped Steibeck's other books in favor of books by Ian Fleming. Yep, James Bond was all the rage in the mid-60's. I shouldn't have changed paths. Steinbecks's ability to capture the raw essence of the human experience is pure genius and Cannery Row may be the most profound and reflective of his efforts. This book was a pure joy to listen to. So much so, that I've already begun listening a second time.
He put "character" into his oral interpretation of Steinbeck's work. Well done, Jerry!
The main character, Doc, did not come alive for me with the reader.
More character development. I expected more. It concerns Cannery Row, the part of town of Monterey California where many poor people lived. The story was from many years ago. The pace was rambling and slow, Steinbeck could have picked up the pace. The character development was lacking, the characters were shallow for the most part.
not if I had a choice
I think that at the time it was written it provided insight into a strata of life which many people were not aware of.
Absolutely and I have. "Canary Row" is like a love letter to a time and place you never visited. After reading this book, I felt as if I knew the characters as fully realized people. Closing the book and reaching the end of the performance, I felt as if I were saying goodbye to dear friends. The imperfectly perfect people you would wish to have as neighbors with all the love, pain and other emotions that comprise valued relationships.
I love the part in which "The Boys" party goes awry turning tragic and humorous. Particularly, the truth of how we cope with the inevitable disappointments and pain that are part and parcel of meaningful relationships.
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