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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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.
Good job. He does the best John Carradine impression I've ever heard.
Yep. But I can't set that long.
We should all get together and shoot the harmonica player. Would improve the book something proud. Just kill him and enjoy the book all the more.
Some friends and I were discussing politics trading book recommendations. one of my friends I don't remember who recommended this book.
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