The Winter of Our Discontent

The Winter of Our Discontent

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John Steinbeck's last great novel, The Winter of Our Discontent focuses on the theme of success and what motivates men towards it, published in Penguin Modern Classics. Ethan Allen Hawley has lost the acquisitive spirit of his wealthy and enterprising forebears, a long line of proud New England sea captains and Pilgrims. Scarred by failure, Ethan works as a grocery clerk in a store his family once owned. But his wife is restless and his teenage children troubled and hungry for the material comforts he cannot provide. Then a series of unusual events reignites Ethan's ambition, and he is pitched on to a bold course, where all scruples are put aside. Steinbeck's searing examination of the evil influences of money, immorality, greed and ambition on America drew acclaim from the Nobel Committee who hailed him as an 'independent expounder of the truth'. "Returns to the high standards of The Grapes of Wrath and to the social themes that made his early powerful." (Saul Bellow, author of Herzog).

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 22mm | 771.1g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141186313
  • 9780141186313
  • 48,421

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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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