The Grapes of Wrath
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The Grapes of Wrath

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Shocking and controversial when it was first published in 1939, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of dust bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel West in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision; an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 362g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 0141185066
  • 9780141185064
  • 7,460

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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