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"Steinbeck is an artists; and he tells the stories of these lovable thieves and adulterers with a gentle and poetic purity of heart and of prose." —New York Herald Tribune

Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthurs castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging—men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude.

 

As Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck chronicles their deeds—their multiple lovers, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinking—he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him. This edition features an introduction by Thomas Fensch.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Adopting the structure and themes of Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck creates a "Camelot" on a shabby hillside above Monterey on the California coast and peoples it with a colorful band of knights. As he chronicles the thoughts and emotions, temptations and lusts of the "knights", Steinbeck spins a tale as compelling as the famous legends of the Round Table.

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Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America?s greatest writers and cultural figures. We have begun publishing his many works for the first time as blackspine Penguin Classics featuring eye-catching, newly commissioned art. This season we continue with the seven spectacular and influential books East of Eden, Cannery Row, In Dubious Battle, The Long Valley, The Moon Is Down, The Pastures of Heaven, and Tortilla Flat. Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of readers?and to the many who revisit them again and again."

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Includes bibliographical references (p. xxv-xxvi).

About the Author

JOHN STEINBECK (1902–1968) was born in Salinas, California. He worked as a laborer and a journalist, and in 1935, when he published Tortilla Flat, he achieved popular success and financial security. Steinbeck wrote more than twenty-five novels and won the Nobel Prize in 1962. Nearly all of his books are available in Penguin Classics.

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jameeschoephoerster, April 1, 2014 (view all comments by jameeschoephoerster)
Tortilla Flat is a thrilling, adventurous novel written by John Steinbeck. In this novel, he utilizes structure, themes, and symbols to show the how the Paisanos reject the conventional middle class norms. By doing this, he comments on how materialistic society is and how a group of bachelors can be happy with just each other’s company and some wine.

Tortilla Flat takes place in a small, quaint town located adjacent to Monterey, California. The time period for the book is after World War I, during this time the prohibition is going on, which makes it hard to come across alcohol for the characters in the novel. Steinbeck tries to write about people that he has come across in his life. He writes his novels for the common people to read, trying to divert their attention away from the pain in their lives to the adventures that Danny and his friends experience. Steinbeck has a very different structure than what is normal for this type of novel. Each chapter is a different adventure, yet all the same characters are strung together through the novel.

The goal for each adventure that the gang embarks on, is to acquire wine. They would love to be “drunk all their lives” (20). Danny strays away from the pack with some of his goals, such as to accompany his neighbor and find a lady friend. In the first few chapters, the group adds one member at a time, until the pirate joins and brings all of his dogs into the house. All of these bachelors living in the same house discuss of how they are reflective of the middle class household. There is a sense of family flowing through the air, as long as you follow the rules of you will get beaten, but those rules also flow around a regular families household. Some of the characters such as the pirate are very trusting compared to the others. The Pirate had almost 1000 quarters, in which he was willing to give to Danny and Pilon for safe keeping. Danny says “If I had known, I would have asked him long ago, even if he had no treasure.”( 69), talking about the Pirate when he notices how appreciative he is to live in his house. This shows that, although the men often function with mysterious motives, they are truly kind and care about the comfort of others.

A key phrase used by Steinbeck in this novel is “Happiness is better than riches”(92). This was spoken by Pilon it is a typical ideological statement from the men of Tortilla Flat. The theme of friendship is shown in this quote because although they all have a love for wine and know that the effect will bring happiness, they know that the one happiness that will last forever is friendship. The gang will always treasure each other’s presence, even the Pirate’s dogs. Steinbeck presents a group of men who have nothing. They are poor and live on the very edges of society, yet they are not exposed as desperate characters. Actually, Danny’s major conflict is that he has inherited a house that makes him more acceptable in society than what he used to be. The friends’ lives revolve around drinking, singing, eating, and adventuring together.

Two major symbols from the novel are wine and women. Pablo once said when Danny disappeared for a week that “A little love is like a little wine. Too much of either will make a man sick” (171). The friend thought that Danny went away with a girl. This statement raises questions of Steinbeck’s thought and treatment of women. He views them as disposable and temporary. He also makes the point of emphasizing that a man should not sink more money into a woman than into a wine.

I enjoyed reading this novel; it has many lessons to pull away from it. It also accomplishes Steinbeck’s goal of writing a story for the common people to read and be entertained by. One idea that can be pulled from the novel is that helping the lesser man can create good karma for the helper. The points Steinbeck made about the traditional dynamics and the houses strange set up stuck with me throughout the novel. I would defiantly recommend this novel to be read, whether it is for fun or for a school project.

John Steinbeck’s novel contains many brilliant themes and lessons to be taken away from it. Tortilla Flats is a impressively written book for the common people that Steinbeck knew and loved. This tale exemplifies how people who live differently than the norm, still can find happiness.

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A wonderful, hilarious novel about friendship, loyalty, poverty, and extreme alcohol consumption. An underrated work by the master.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140187403
Introduction:
Fensch, Thomas
Author:
Fensch, Thomas
Introduction by:
Fensch, Thomas
Introduction:
Fensch, Thomas
Author:
Fensch, Thomas
Author:
McDonough, John
Author:
Steinbeck, John
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Hispanic americans
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Monterey (Calif.) Fiction.
Subject:
Poor -- California -- Monterey -- Fiction.
Subject:
Monterey
Subject:
Hispanic Americans -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century
Series Volume:
#11-79
Publication Date:
19970631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.77x5.07x.56 in. .35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Adopting the structure and themes of Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck creates a "Camelot" on a shabby hillside above Monterey on the California coast and peoples it with a colorful band of knights. As he chronicles the thoughts and emotions, temptations and lusts of the "knights", Steinbeck spins a tale as compelling as the famous legends of the Round Table.

"Synopsis" by ,
Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America?s greatest writers and cultural figures. We have begun publishing his many works for the first time as blackspine Penguin Classics featuring eye-catching, newly commissioned art. This season we continue with the seven spectacular and influential books East of Eden, Cannery Row, In Dubious Battle, The Long Valley, The Moon Is Down, The Pastures of Heaven, and Tortilla Flat. Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of readers?and to the many who revisit them again and again."

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