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'I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags, I don't want him satisfied.' Shocking and controversial when it was first published, the Grapes of Wrath is Steinbeck's Pultizer Prize-winning epic of the Joad family, forced to travel west from Dust Bowl era Oklahoma in search of the promised land of California. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and powerlessness, yet out of their struggle Steinbeck created a drama that is both intensely human and majestic in its scale and moral vision.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 379.99g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 0141185066
  • 9780141185064
  • 3,454

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This is the sort of book that stirs one so deeply that it is almost impossible to attempt to convey the impression it leaves. It is the story of today's Exodus, of America's great trek, as the hordes of dispossessed tenant farmers from the dust bowl turn their hopes to the promised land of California's fertile valleys. The story of one family, with the "hangers-on" that the great heart of extreme poverty sometimes collects, but in that story is symbolized the saga of a movement in which society is before the bar. What an indictment of a system - what an indictment of want and poverty in the land of plenty! There is flash after flash of unforgettable pictures, sharply etched with that restraint and power of pen that singles Steinbeck out from all his contemporaries. There is anger here, but it is a deep and disciplined passion, of a man who speaks out of the mind and heart of his knowledge of a people. One feels in reading that so they must think and feel and speak and live. It is an unresolved picture, a record of history still in the making. Not a book for casual reading. Not a book for unregenerate conservative. But a book for everyone whose social conscience is astir - or who is willing to face facts about a segment of American life which is and which must be recognized. Steinbeck is coming into his own. A new and full length novel from his pen is news. Publishers backing with advertising, promotion aids, posters, etc. Sure to be one of the big books of the Spring. First edition limited to half of advance as of March 1st. One half of dealer's orders to be filled with firsts. (Kirkus Reviews)

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About John Steinbeck

Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His complete works will be available in Penguin Modern Classics.

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<p><i>"There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation. There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize."</i></p><p> So reads the start of one of the most moving passages in <i>The Grapes of Wrath</i>, John Steinbecks classic tale of the fate of the thousands of Oklahoman farmers ("Okies") forced to move East in search of a new way of life. </p><p> Their farm destroyed by numerous droughts and their home taken from them by the "monstrous" banks, the Joad family are lured to California by a promise of new work amongst the sunny orchards of the East. Their journey, and what they find at its end, remains a compelling indictment of the evils of unfettered capitalism and an appeal for more humanity in the modern world. </p><p> Considered by many to by Steinbecks greatest novel, <i>The Grapes of Wrath</i> deals tremendously with its varying themes - the meaning of family, religion and worker rights, amongst others - through an effective literary framework that captures the plight of the "Okies" both at the personal level of the Joad's, and at the general level of the mass emigration East. </p><p> A "must read", if ever there was one.</p>show more
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