monica moniker, August 15, 2012 (view all comments by monica moniker)
The short novel is really a special thing. Sitting down and reading a story in a day, a story so full of drama and action and emotion, isn't something you can always do with a longer book. This classic is a perfect length and is heartbreaking to the last page. It reads like an image before you and breathes in an incredibly human way. Never having had to read it in a high school class or some other academic setting, I was free to emote along with the book, and not feel pressured to analyze it. However, it is so perfectly constructed that my mind automatically saw the richness in the writing and the analysis took its own course and made the piece even more enjoyable.
bmgg, October 8, 2009 (view all comments by bmgg)
A great, simple to understand book.The book takes place during the era of the dust bowl and tells of a story between two friends who are trying to survive in a world where loneliness takes the place of friendship. Though the book is small, it tells an amazing and powerful story that everyone can relate to.
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One of todays foremost Steinbeck scholars writes an extended meditation on the influence of The Grapes of Wrath, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its first publication
In this compelling biography of a book, Susan Shillinglaw delves into John Steinbecks classic to explore the cultural, social, political, scientific, and creative impact of The Grapes of Wrath upon first publication, as well as its enduring legacy. First published in April 1939, Steinbecks National Book Awardwinning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. The story of their struggle remains eerily relevant in todays America and stands as a portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, in the souls of the people.”
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, John Steinbeck'sOf Mice and Men remains on of America's most widely read and beloved novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream in a tale of commitment, loneliness, hope and loss. From the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, this Steinbeck Centennial Edition features French flaps and deckled pages. George and his simple-minded friend Lenny dream, as drifters will, of a place to call their own—a couple of acres and a few pigs, chickens, and rabbits back in Hill Country where land is cheap. But after they come to work on a ranch in the fertile Salinas Valley of California, their hopes, like the best laid schemes omice an men,” begin to go awry.
Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, as Steinbeck described his work, a kind of playable novel, written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.
Susan Shillinglaw is a professor of English at San Jose State University and scholar in residence at the National Steinbeck Center. She has published widely on Steinbeck, most recently A Journey into Steinbecks California (2006) and a forthcoming biography of Carol and John Steinbeck.
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