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    DescriptionAn elaboration on John Steinbeck's greatest theme - the common bonds of humanity and love which make goodness and happiness possible - this "Penguin Modern Classics" edition of "Sweet Thursday" marks a return to the memorable cast of characters he created in Cannery Row. In Monterey, on the California Coast, "Sweet Thursday" is what they call the day after "Lousy Wednesday" - one of those days that's just bad from the start. But "Sweet Thursday" is sunny and clear, a day when anything can happen. Returning to the scene of "Cannery Row", Steinbeck brilliantly creates its bawdy, high-spirited world of bums, drunks and hookers, telling the story of what happened to everyone after the war. There are colourful characters old and new, all united by love, laughter and tears: Fauna, the latest madam at the Bear Flag brothel, Doc, still there for everyone else but feeling strangely sad himself, and Suzy, the new hustler in town who might just be the girl to save him. John Steinbeck (1902-68), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for literature, is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the Second World War Steinbeck served as a war correspondent, with his collected dispatches published as "Once There Was a War" (1958); in 1945 he was awarded the Norwegian Cross of Freedom for his novel "The Moon is Down" (1942), a portrayal of Resistance efforts in northern Europe. His best-known works include the epics "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939) and "East of Eden" (1952), and his tragic novella "Of Mice and Men" (1937). John Steinbeck's complete works are published in "Penguin Modern Classics". If you enjoyed "Sweet Thursday", you might like Steinbeck's "The Wayward Bus", also available in "Penguin Classics". "The outstanding quality of Steinbeck's writing...is his feel for the lives, thoughts and aspirations of ordinary people". ("Spectator").


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    Title
    Sweet Thursday
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Steinbeck
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 202 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141185521
    ISBN 10: 014118552X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC21: 813.52
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000, FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: FBC, FBA
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    30 November 2000
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review text
    Perhaps Cannery Row was not top Steinbeck, but I loved it, and the characters live today as vividly as when I first met them in his pages, ten years ago. So it is sheer joy to meet them again at least a goodly number of them- flotsam and jetsam of humanity, perhaps, but lovable and mad and loyal and cockeyed. And then there's Doc, the war behind him and nothing in front, for the laboratory, over which he had presided with dignity, has gone to pot under the indifferent mismanagement of Old Jingleballicks, and the drive of a ambition simply isn't there. The cannery is closed down, for good; the boys live on in the Palace Flophouse, though their "landlord", Lee, is no longer there; and Fauna (once Flora) still runs the Bear Flag Cafe, in place of her dead sister, Dora. Once again there's humor and pathos, check by jowl, in the characters which link the succession of incidents together. And this time there's a problem-studded romance, as Suzy, who was no good as a hustler, was destined by friends as mate to bring Doc back to normal. The boys planned another party for him- more disastrous than the first- and feeble-witted Hazel somehow managed to do the right thing the wrong way to straighten it out...Scheduled for musical comedy production in 1955. But meantime- welcome back to Cannery Row. (Kirkus Reviews)