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 am a history major and I found this book to be incredibly informative regarding the Dust Bowl and even to a hint, the Great Depression that fell over most of the east where they lost their income that they put into the bank. this book gives a very detailed and accurate depiction of what life would have been like for a Midwest farmer facing the Dust Bowl and the family also that had to move west out of no other options.
I loved the book. I love the author. I loved the reader. I did not like the harmonica. Why? What is the reason for the harmonica?
Thank you. ~jessica
Great narration and eye opening story. Hard to believe that this fictional account was reality for so many not long ago in the USA. Makes you grateful for what you have and Sarto realize that much of the world still experiences many of the tragedies in the book!
This is a brilliant story and the narration is flawless. Ma Joad, Tom Joad and Jim Casey embody the best humankind can be in the worst circumstances. Don't miss it
Written by a titan of literature at the height of his powers. Characters whose lives are seared into your mind. If you don't feel for your fellow human and rage at the system after reading this, something essential is missing from your humanity.
Dylan Baker did a superb job reading this classic novel. He used different intonations for each character which helped differentiate the speakers and kept my attention effortlessly. An American classic that I hadn't read since high school and underscored how the classics get better as one gains life's experiences. This is the first time I've felt strongly enough to recommend a book. Made me look forward to my hour-long commute as the miles melted by.
Had to read Grapes for class. Enjoyed the chance to listen to the story. Pleasantly surprised with Dylan Baker's performance. Accents were good, well done!
I've always wanted to read this book and I'm so glad I finally did. What a beautifully written story about a historical time in the US. Performance was great too. Not corny at all, despite all the different voice characters.
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