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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I had always wanted to read this novel. It is clear why it is considered a classic. I think Steinbeck does a wonderful job of telling the dignified story of an immigrant family forced to leave everything they know and love. He paints a multi-sided picture of why there is conflict when new people arrive in an area. The culture clash and confusion on both sides that occurs when two people from different worlds come together is painted beautifully. Above all, I leave the novel with a better understanding of how people end up on different sides of an issue and with a more clear understanding of how we need to approach resolution of these issues with empathy to al sides. One more message... When you strip everything else out of the way, we are all just people. We all love and we all suffer and we all have dignity and we all need other people. This novel brings it all to light and is everlasting because this same story is being lived today all over the world.
Yes...except for the jolting harmonica!
I'm only on chapter 13...that's 12 times I've been startled by the unexpected LOUD harmonica heralding the upcoming end of a chapter!
Very engaging narration.
No, it's too long.
It's a very important and tragic piece of our history, that was extremely well written as well as narrated. The only reason I am writing this review is to add my voice to the others that found the STARTLINGLY LOUD HARMONICA MUSIC AN UNFORTUNATE DISTRACTION FROM ENJOYMENT OF THIS AUDIO BOOK. It would have been a nice touch had it not been so LOUD! I want the producers aware of the problem.
I wasn't sure about the narration at first; I don't listen to a lot of books on tape. The different voices crafted by Dylan Baker worked for me though. I was able to hear a story from different characters and believe in their struggle. I know that this book meant something to me every time I got misty eyed or felt goose bumps. There were many of those moments. This is a story that all Americans should read. This is a story that all people claiming to be human beings should read. It's worth every minute of time I spent.
The tragic tale of one Oklahoma family's migration to California during the depression, masterfully written and beautifully narrated. And the themes of inequality and exploitation by bankers are as relevant today as they were when the book was written. Dark and depressing, with only the tiniest hint of hope at the end.
An exceptional story about uncommonly hard times and the vicissitudes of human enterprise, resolve, weakness and empathy in changing times. The narration was excellent and the rendition of the several characters by Dylan Baker is exemplary of a great performance.
A book the haunts the soul in its portrayal of society and human nature. Steinbeck boils down familial love to its very essence. He communicates an unparalleled critique of the selfish society preying upon selfless family, with sharp stabs at the unequal system created by capitalist America. My once unshakeable faith in capitalism has undeniably been shaken to its core by this wonderful novel. A must-read.
It's a great classic, little inflated on some aspects. But it is a must book, lots of development to warn the listeners that don't like useless details, it is a Steinbeck book though.
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