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The Long Valley | [John Steinbeck, John H. Timmerman (Introduction)]

The Long Valley

Adopting the structure and themes of Arthurian legend, in Tortilla Flat John Steinbeck creates a Camelot on a shabby hillside above Monterey on the California coast and peoples it with a colorful band of knights. As he chronicles the thoughts and emotions, temptations and lusts of the knights, Steinbeck spins a tale as compelling as the famous legends of the Round Table.
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Publisher's Summary

Today, nearly 40 years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures. We have begun publishing his many works for the first time as blackspine Penguin Classics, featuring eye-catching, newly commissioned art. This season we continue with the seven spectacular and influential books East of Eden, Cannery Row, In Dubious Battle, The Long Valley, The Moon Is Down, The Pastures of Heaven, and Tortilla Flat. Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of listeners and to the many who revisit them again and again.

Adopting the structure and themes of Arthurian legend, in Tortilla Flat John Steinbeck creates a Camelot on a shabby hillside above Monterey on the California coast and peoples it with a colorful band of knights. As he chronicles the thoughts and emotions, temptations and lusts of the knights,Steinbeck spins a tale as compelling as the famous legends of the Round Table.

Public Domain (P)2012 Penguin

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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-18-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Generally Good Stories, Some are Great"

    This is a selection of short stories about the California Salinas Valley. The collection includes The Chrysanthemums, The White Quail, Flight, The Snake, Breakfast, The Raid, The Harness, The Vigilante, Johnny Bear, The Red Pony, The Murder, and Saint Katy the Virgin. These stories all have at least a touch of the darkness common to much of Steinbeck’s work, yet almost all of the stories have a strange, subtle and almost mystical power. These stories are generally good, some are great, some are OK. I really liked the voice and tone of the stories and the narration was excellent. This collection pairs very nicely with The Pastures of Heaven.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Canyon Lake, TX, United States 07-10-14
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    What did you love best about The Long Valley?

    The varied stories


    If you’ve listened to books by John Steinbeck and John H. Timmerman (Introduction) before, how does this one compare?

    good as always


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    his voice


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    unanswered questions


    Any additional comments?

    the stories ended sp abruptly that I was into the next before I knew it. I did not like that I had no time to process what I had just heard

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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