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The Grapes of Wrath

Classic novel published in 1939 and written by John Steinbeck

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Steinbeck's magnum opus

  • Jul 1, 2010

Without a doubt John Steinbeck's best work is The Grapes of Wrath and Steinbeck is a man who has written a lot of good books. The story takes place in typical Steinbeck setting: Great Depression era American and tells the tale of a family from Oklahoma, known as the derogatory 'Oakies', as they move out to the western coast after work dries up in Oklahoma and news spreads to them of a better life elsewhere.

The main focus of the story is the trials and tribulations the family goes through getting there. Work has dried up thanks to the Great Depression and the huge dust storms of the 1930s due to overworking the land have destroyed all the crops so the family has absolutely no choice despite being too poor to really afford it. They are not alone however as most people are also doing the same. Using what little is available to them the family pack up and head west dreaming of a better life. I won't spoil what happens to them on the journey but a point that should be obvious to everyone reading is that life isn't as great as they thought it would be when they get there and they end up struggling to find work along with every other Oakie. It's an extremely well written book but also very depressing - however this really happened and the story is pretty damn close to being non-fiction so there's not much that can be done about that.

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review by . June 17, 2010
Steinbeck knows how to speak to the soul. Throughout the pages of his book, truth after truth will resonate to the reader. It's like Steinbeck takes things that we all feel to be true but maybe have never consciously thought about and tells a story about them. Our society tends to have an unwritten belief that the harder we work the more success will come to us. Those who haven't achieved or those in poverty have just not worked hard enough yet. Steinbeck tells a story about a family who …
review by . June 17, 2010
Slight-Spoiler Alert: But don't worry, it doesn't ruin the book :)      The Grapes of Wrath is, simply put, an American classic with a powerful message that resonates generation after generation. Set during the Dust Bowl, the novel tells the story of a family from Oklahoma and their journey to California, the promise land. On a superficial level, all characters are endearing icons of perseverance in the face of tribulation. Nonetheless, this book is acclaimed for its …
Quick Tip by . September 04, 2010
I first read this in high school. It blew me away then. It's Steinbeck's best.
Quick Tip by . August 26, 2010
This book is an epic, page-turner by a master of American Literature.
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
American classic. Gritty tragedy. Watch the movie second to make sense of it.
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
An amazing look at the dust bowl and just another testament to Steinbeck's impeccable ability to fully realize an era.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
If you have aspirations about being a great writer, you should read this book as it conveys all the elements of a superior novel.
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
Steinbeck is an amazing writer. Chosen as a subject of American Literature, he reveals the side of America that no one wanted to see. The dirty, hard, unforgiving side that is a reality for many.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
I couldn't really get in to this story. not sure why it's such an American classic
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Would've preferred one perspective throughout, but thoroughly enjoyed the book!
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