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.
©1939 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin
I would definately listen to it again. Masterful storytelling both by author and narrator!
I could most identify with Casey in this story as he searches for meaning and purpose past the superficial trappings of "religion".
The most moving scene in the book for me was the image the children going hungry and the pain it caused for their families
This is a very sad story, with very little that could be described as uplifting. While this book was probably a literary feat for its day, I found this story to be some sort of Socialist manifesto. The imagery was crisp, but I could not wait for this book to end.
The strength of the family's mother
He did a nice job with the voices and he added something to the life of the book that is not common for most readers.
NO! - But Obama would . . .
Steinbach's characters' come to life as you listen to their troubling lives,and
feel their frustrations... as their hopes, dreary lives, and personalities weave
their story in the Great Depression.
What can I say about Steinbeck? Such a great writer - its so amazing that this all happened in America, CA, and specifically in the Monterey area where I also live. What a sad history lesson. Steinbeck was, and is, a bigger than life figure in our area - so reconnecting with his writing was great. I agree with a previous review, the harmonica interludes were annoying and need to be remixed so they aren't so loud. Only complaint.
I have read the book and seen the movie. The audio edition is in a whole different category.
When the fight was prevented at the government camp.
The inflection in his voice and his pronunciation of the colloquialisms.
When I was told that High School students are forced to read this book I was astonished. This book is like olives. As an adult, with a mature palate, you can appreciate the potency and complexity of an olive. But give it to a kid and they will spew it out of their mouth! There is so much to think about in this story. If you read this in High School, read it again as I think you will find a whole new world of meaning.
It can seem plodding at times. My high school son thought he took too many tangents, I found the tangents the most interesting. This book takes time, and it is not a happy story. Especially, if you see how relevant it is to us today.
Its way up there
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it was excellent. His portrayal of the car salesman part was great.
There are soooo many books yet to 'read' so I probably wouldn't...but I would highly recommend this to others.
Ma. She had the biggest character transformation from meek wife to leader of the family.
Yes...but it was entirely too long for that! I ended up changing the speed to fast on my MP3 player so that I could get to the next 'thing' quicker. The narrator was good but a bit slow for my preference.
Trans- formative experience
The reality of this story and performance make you feel like you are witnessing the events. Excellent historic fiction.
Liked them all - masterful performance by author
My reaction was a pity to see further evidences of life without A relation with Jesus Christ - not religion but relationship.
I've now put East of Eaden on my wish list!
I hadn't appreciated this book much in high school. From a more experienced perspective I now see what a fantastic book it is. It raises questions about human existence that are both timeless and timely. Paradoxically, Americans are far better off now than in the era portrayed in the book, and yet in many regards events and attitudes seem entirely too familiar. If you wonder whether there can be a compelling alternative to the recent ascendance of Objectivism, look no further.
While Baker's vocal take on Tom Joad became rather grating after a while, the variety and consistency with which the characters are voiced makes them all the more memorable and three-dimensional. I've never heard a male performer do such a great job with female voices.
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