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Grapes of Wrath

 
 
Khethil
 
Reply Mon 9 Mar, 2009 01:06 pm
Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
ISBN: 0 14 02.4775 0
Publisher: Oxford Press

OVERVIEW: This is a work of literature that personifies the plight of dust-bowl farmers set off in search of 'the good land'. Read it as a charming story of a Oklahoma farming family, a series of striking examples of exploitation, or to gain insight on he lives of those caught in the Great Depression or just because you like a good tale; Whatever your reason, just read it! This is a heartwarming, disturbing and insightful book. Winner of the 1940 Pulizter Prize, this book still sells 100,000 copies per year (ref). Having read Elmud's Thead titled same, I was shocked that no one had written up this outstanding book. At about 450 paperback pages it's not terribly long and; for the most part, quite readable. Using 'creative spelling' to accentuate our "oakees" way of speaking you'll also get a flavor of how language influenced everyday life.

PRO'S:

  • Classic Steinbeck descriptions of people and places; very alive
  • Moving Plot: From packin up da house to movin to cali - not just a 'talking' book
  • Telling: Overtones on racial, ethical, cultural and especially economic norms abound
  • Moving; Various events in this book are likely to wet an eye or two
  • For the Crusaders: How economic conditions can drastically change people's views, behaviors and sources of dignity

CON'S:

  • I had a little trouble getting used to Okee-Speak; after getting its phonetic-dance down, I started again and am glad I did.
  • I wish it'd have been longer. Of the total thickness of the paperback I purchased, almost one-half is made up of reviews, commentaries, editorials and the like

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Plowing bank-purchased bankrupt dust bowl farms over (pp38)
  • Possessions and Lives Abandoned or Uprooted (pp89)
  • Earthen connection, symbiosis of the farmer (pp117)
  • Culture shock having taken to the road (pp156)
  • Granma's Dead (pp228)
  • First experience: The Shower (pp307)
  • Destroy old crops before the Migrant workers eat them (pp349)
  • Birth and life; starving in a box car (pp453)

NOTABLE QUOTES:
[INDENT] Sharecroppers evicted, repossessed and consolidated farms; enter the Tractor Man:[INDENT]"So easy that the wonder goes out of work, so efficient that the wonder goes out of the land and the working of it, and with the wonder the deep understanding and the relation. And in the tractor man there grows the contempt that comes only to a stranger who has little understanding and no relation. For nitrates are not the land, nor phosphates and the length of fiber in the cotton is not the land. Carbon is not a man, nor salt nor water nor calcium. He is all these, but he is much more, much more; and the land is so much more than its analysis. That man who is more than his chemistry, walking on the earth, turning his plow point for a stone, dropping his handles to slide over an outcropping, kneeling in the earth to eat his lunch; that man who is more than his elements knows the land that is more than its analysis".
[/INDENT][/INDENT][INDENT]On the road, wondering at the rich folk whizzin by[INDENT]"The big cars on the highway. Languid, heat-raddled ladies, small nucleuses about whom revolve a thousand accouterments: creams, ointments to grease themselves, coloring matter in phials - black, pink, red, white, green, silver - to change the color of hair, eyes, lips, nails, brows, lashes, lids. Oils, seeds, and pills to make the bowels move. A bag of bottles, syringes, pills, powders, fluids, jellies to make their sexual intercourse safe, odorless, and unproductive. And this apart from clothes. What a hell of a nuisance!"
[/INDENT][/INDENT]MY RATING:9.2
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xris
 
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Reply Mon 9 Mar, 2009 01:24 pm
@Khethil,
Obviously written by one of those damned reds , undermining the american dream..or is it nightmare..The film makes it all better for the image though..Thanks for reminding me of a great book..
Khethil
 
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Reply Mon 9 Mar, 2009 01:31 pm
@xris,
xris wrote:
Obviously written by one of those damned reds , undermining the american dream..or is it nightmare..The film makes it all better for the image though..Thanks for reminding me of a great book..


You're welcome. You know, I never saw the movie; I hear it was well done. The book thoroughly and completely moved me.

Cheers
xris
 
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Reply Mon 9 Mar, 2009 02:10 pm
@Khethil,
Khethil wrote:
You're welcome. You know, I never saw the movie; I hear it was well done. The book thoroughly and completely moved me.

Cheers
It makes it a more american dream ending..happy ever after..hands in the soil a new morning..Thanks again..
Khethil
 
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Reply Mon 9 Mar, 2009 02:20 pm
@xris,
xris wrote:
It makes it a more american dream ending..happy ever after..hands in the soil a new morning..Thanks again..


Oh my gosh! That's definately not how the book ended. I'm tempted to post the last few paragraphs, but that'd be a nasty spoiler. It's not "bad" per say, just extremely sobering.

Thanks
xris
 
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Reply Mon 9 Mar, 2009 02:27 pm
@Khethil,
Khethil wrote:
Oh my gosh! That's definately not how the book ended. I'm tempted to post the last few paragraphs, but that'd be a nasty spoiler. It's not "bad" per say, just extremely sobering.

Thanks
Reality and entertainment are not good bed fellows..no go for it ..we all need a reality check..I must admit i do love a good ending but certain stories demand we face reality.Thanks.must read it again..
FatalMuse
 
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Reply Mon 9 Mar, 2009 07:43 pm
@xris,
I read this book last year, just as the credit crisis was beginning to rear it's head. It was a sobering coincidence. A fine book indeed. If you need something a bit more light-hearted to follow it up with, Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat is a humorous, fun, easy read.
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Zetherin
 
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Reply Mon 9 Mar, 2009 08:03 pm
@Khethil,
"The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it"

- George Carlin

Very Happy
Elmud
 
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Reply Wed 11 Mar, 2009 09:11 pm
@Zetherin,
Zetherin wrote:
"The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it"

- George Carlin

Very Happy
George was more jaded than I. Good to know your not alone on some things.
Khethil
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 05:32 am
@Elmud,
Yea, I think a good part of the message in this book was to highlight much of man's inhumanity to man on personal, racial, economic levels. Throughout the whole enchilada, Steinbeck does an oustanding job comparing and contrasting acts of amazing compassion with stark and ruthless brutality.

It's quite believable with many tidbits based on actual events. I understand it's still required reading in many places (high school); as it should be.

It's harsh, gritty way of portraying some of these more 'brutal' aspects of human interaction actually got it censored, "In August 1939, 20 public libraries were ordered by the Kansas City, KS board of education to remove the book because of "indecency, obscenity, abhorrence of the portrayal of women and for 'portray[ing] life in such a bestial way.'" (Src)

I think it should be required reading for everyone issued a human brain Smile
Khethil
 
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Reply Fri 17 Apr, 2009 04:13 pm
@Khethil,
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