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Cannery Row (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by John Steinbeck
Cannery Row (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)

MWHS Monty, May 5, 2010

May 3rd 2010
John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row is a novel that tells an interesting story. It has parties and fish and beaches and whores and Asian immigrants and of course, a Palace Flophouse. Now what in the heck is a Palace Flophouse? To most it means nothing, but to the town of Monterey California, it means something completely different.
Monterey is a small fishing town on the coast of California. It has canneries lined up and down its coast alongside laboratories and eventually hills that lead up to the rich folk’s homes. The book focuses mainly on the towns commoners and the poor. It main characters include Mack and his gang, Lee Chong who owns the local grocery store, Doc who owns that laboratory and is very well liked and respected by everyone in Monterey, and the owner of the Bear Flag Dora Flood. As the story moves along we get to know these people much more in depth and who they are and what their function is in the town.
One of the main goals of this book is to retell the story of Monterey and to bring the reader into the canneries and into the lives of the people. This main goal is successfully achieved by Steinbeck. One element in the book that should have been included was the rich folks who live on top of the hill. This could have made the story much more complex and could have added more meaning and themes. Ideas such as authority figures and power struggle could easily be incorporated into the novel’s contents. The book as a whole is convincing and made believable. There are instances within the book when you feel as if in Cannery Row, and in the Palace Flophouse or in Lee Chong’s store. This is brilliantly done by Steinbeck to create a book that has validity and entertainment.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone. It’s a fairly quick read for the entertainment seekers out there looking for a good story. It also offers a much more challenging read for those looking for specific uses of language and literary elements. This book is literally filled with similes, metaphors, imagery, and much more from cover to cover. It appeals to both genders and anyone old enough to comprehend things such as alcohol use and a whore house. This book will stay with me for the next years to come. It reminds me to stay positive and focus on the bright side of life. Things can always be worse, even when down and out, be thankful for what you have. Enjoy the little thing more often! Everyone can learn from this idea presented in the book.
This book is great for anyone looking for a new and exciting book to read. It has many intriguing characters within its contents and does a fantastic job of putting the reader in California. It achieves its main goal of providing entertainment to its readers. Pick it up next time you’re looking for a great book!
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