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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Totally depressing book. Absolutely nothing good happened to the Joads. Also, couldn't stand the hillbilly language including referring to everything as "her." But the worst was the loud, annoying harmonica music between chapters. I wanted to listen to this book for a long time because it's supposed to be such a classic, but couldn't wait for it to be over
Not sure if it was my player but there were a few points in the longer chapters where the sound quality was poor or it slipped ahead. I would reset and it usually straightened out. The narrator of the work was phenomenal all the same.
I read the book 25 years ago and liked it- I listened last week and loved it
Wow. I did not want this book to end. My great grandparents and their family migrated from Oklahoma to California during the depression as well, and I could picture their faces for many characters in the book. Although my grandmother told me many stories from her childhood, I wish now that as a younger person I would have been more curious while my older relatives were still alive. She spoke of the camps, and told me that they were lucky to get a one room shack. In one of the shacks...which they shared with 4 other families (one in each corner), she said that a little boy had an abscessed tooth. He kept them all awake at night, crying in pain. She also said that it was very embarrassing for the girls to wash their "rags" and hang them on the line in front of young boys from other families, as you couldn't really get the blood stains out. She said they would dig a hole in the dirt to put their bare feet in to keep them cool while picking all of the cotton that they could reach from that hole. They would move down some, dig another hole..and so on. I seriously doubt that my "shag carpet, hamburger helper, 8-track" stories will be quite as interesting to my future grandchildren.
I read this book in high school in one week. I had forgotte how emotional and intense this book is. one of my best buys yet! thank you!
This question presumes that I was at any point this genre of literature "turned me on." It has not and continues to disappoint.
Again this begs the question "do you have a favorite scene?" I don't. All I take away from this nearly day-long endeavor are five chapters of use: Chapter 5, 7, 9, 12, &15. Otherwise I'm owed that part of my life back.
Disappointment in the continual celebration of a most unimpressive work and author. Education needs to return to the classics and leave American literature to Twain.
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.
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