The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.
At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck's, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. From their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of this new America, Steinbeck creates a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, tragic but ultimately stirring in its insistence on human dignity.
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It is easy to see why this is a classic. The story development and the beautiful description of feelings and the environment throughout cannot be topped.
The only reason for 4 stars is because it is depressing to me. I cannot believe we had such a terrible time in our history. We still have some form of those times, but not to such a debilitating degree.
But the family is a strong one and a very supportive one of each other. No one can match the mother! The normal development of their lives, along with their hopes and wishes is superbly told.
I am very glad I finally "read" this book.
I must say the reader is also superb! His different voices are ideal. He is clear with a nice pace and deep feeling for each character. He was the perfect choice.
Each character had its own voice and personality, perfected. I never finished the book for class, we even saw the movie which I enjoyed as well but the narration here was unmatchable. When it got to the end I re-started the book again.
I've already recommended it to several. If not for the story, I recommend this book just for the beautiful pictures that Steinbeck paints with his words.
Jim Casy is my hero. "Preaching is telling folks. I'm asking them."
Baker does a wonderful job giving life and personality to the characters, and his timing was spot on.
Without spoiling critical plot development, I can't mention particular moments, but there were several parts of this book that had me in tears on the road,
I certainly plan on adding more Steinbeck to my library, and as a result, I look forward to traveling for work.
I recommend this book whole heartedly.
It will have you laughing and crying.
The narrative is excellent and the writing couldn't be better. I wish there was a sequel.
One of the greatest works of American literature has been brought to life by a phenomenal narrator. I was actually sad when it ended because I enjoyed the telling so much.
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