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    The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback) By (author) John Steinbeck, Introduction by Robert Demott

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    Short Description for The Grapes of Wrath An evocation of the suffering and hardship caused by the Great Depression, and a panoramic vision of the struggle for the American Dream. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of Tom Joad and his family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.
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  • A sorrow that weeping cannot symolize.5

    James "There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation. There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize."

    So reads the start of one of the most moving passages in The Grapes of Wrath, 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.

    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.

    Considered by many to by Steinbecks greatest novel, The Grapes of Wrath 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.

    A "must read", if ever there was one. by James

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