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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Follower of Christ, husband of one, father to four, student of philosophy, fan of Kentucky Wildcat basketball... that's all you need to know.
I always enjoy listening to a narrator / reader who can manage voices for several characters across genders, ages, and accents such that he can make clear whose dialogue is being heard without having to identify the speaker. Dylan Baker does a truly fine job on this.
I would offer one thought, though. Every elderly male from rural mid-America doesn't sound just like Walter Brennan in The Real McCoys. Spoiler alert here, but it is probably better that the grandfather died early in the story.
The conversation between the tenant farmer and the tractor driver was especially poignant.
I didn't get around to "discovering" John Steinbeck until my late fifties. If I'd read this in high school, as a lot of people apparently were assigned, I might have become a staunch liberal.
I read this book years ago in high school. It was every bit as good as I remembered. Now that it's done, I think I'll read something happy. Lol.
I'm a big fan of Steinback. But this book has to be as best. You get to find out who the strongest and best people are in this book.
I loved this audiobook. I know I "read" this book on high school, but I probably only skimmed it long enough to turn in a paper. I urge everyone to read, re-read, or listen to this book. It seems like history is poised to repeat itself unless we as Americans stand up and stop it. Soon enough someone will be sitting down to pen the story of the 21st century Joad's. It may be a dust bowl, it may be something else that destroys the crops, it will probably be about finding clean water...unless we can stop it before it happens.
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