Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    What I'm Giving | December 2, 2014

    Cary Elwes: IMG Cary Elwes: What I'm Giving



    At Powell's, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to share our love of books with those close to us. For this special blog series, we reached... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$10.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Literature- A to Z
2 Burnside Literature- A to Z
2 Hawthorne Literature- A to Z
1 Local Warehouse Literature- A to Z

In Dubious Battle (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)

by

In Dubious Battle (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) Cover

 

Staff Pick

Published some seventy-five years ago, In Dubious Battle must surely be ranked amongst Steinbeck's greatest and most accomplished works. Set amidst the apple orchards of the fictional Torgas Valley in California, the novel focuses on the labor dispute between the apple pickers ("fruit tramps") and the orchards' owners. Steinbeck casts as his protagonists two party members (though unstated, it's presumed to be the Communist Party) who travel to the valley to agitate and organize the workers into leading a strike following a reduction of their usual wages. As the strike escalates and scab workers are brought in, tempers flare and violence ensues.

Despite criticism to the contrary, Steinbeck seldom proselytizes in his work, instead offering the story up to his readers to form their own opinions or judgments. As In Dubious Battle considers the ever-contentious issues of labor and profit, Steinbeck must have known that existing allegiances would shape the novel's reception (especially given the proliferation of labor feuds and striking workers in the era of the book's publication). Steinbeck does not argue for or against any particular interest and, in fact, illustrates the senselessness and hypocrisy that mark the actions both sides take to further their agenda. His deft exploration of subjects including capital, the profit system, purposefulness and meaning, fidelity to a cause, and mob behavior/group dynamics imbue the story with great significance and enduring relevance. In Dubious Battle, with its rich, well-developed characters and riveting plot, further demonstrates the exceptional talents Steinbeck possessed in abundance.

"There aren't any beginnings," Burton said. "Nor any ends. It seems to me that man has engaged in a blind and fearful struggle out of a past he can't remember, into a future he can't foresee nor understand. And man has met and defeated every obstacle, every enemy except one. He cannot win over himself. How mankind hates itself."

Recommended by Jeremy, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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 readersand to the many who revisit them again and again.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140186413
Introduction:
French, Warren
Author:
French, Warren
Introduction:
French, Warren
Author:
Steinbeck, John
Author:
French, Warren
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Location:
New York :
Subject:
California
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Migrant agricultural laborers
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Strikes and lockouts
Subject:
Labor movement
Subject:
Apple growers.
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
Series Volume:
11411
Publication Date:
19921010
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.77x5.05x.76 in. .59 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. The Grapes of Wrath
    Used Mass Market $3.95
  2. The Long Valley (Penguin...
    Used Trade Paper $6.95
  3. The Moon is Down (Penguin Great...
    Used Trade Paper $8.00
  4. Pleasing the Ghost Used Book Club Paperback $1.50
  5. Good Morning, Gorillas
    Used Trade Paper $2.95
  6. It Can't Happen Here
    Used Mass Market $2.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

In Dubious Battle (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$10.50 In Stock
Product details 384 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140186413 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Published some seventy-five years ago, In Dubious Battle must surely be ranked amongst Steinbeck's greatest and most accomplished works. Set amidst the apple orchards of the fictional Torgas Valley in California, the novel focuses on the labor dispute between the apple pickers ("fruit tramps") and the orchards' owners. Steinbeck casts as his protagonists two party members (though unstated, it's presumed to be the Communist Party) who travel to the valley to agitate and organize the workers into leading a strike following a reduction of their usual wages. As the strike escalates and scab workers are brought in, tempers flare and violence ensues.

Despite criticism to the contrary, Steinbeck seldom proselytizes in his work, instead offering the story up to his readers to form their own opinions or judgments. As In Dubious Battle considers the ever-contentious issues of labor and profit, Steinbeck must have known that existing allegiances would shape the novel's reception (especially given the proliferation of labor feuds and striking workers in the era of the book's publication). Steinbeck does not argue for or against any particular interest and, in fact, illustrates the senselessness and hypocrisy that mark the actions both sides take to further their agenda. His deft exploration of subjects including capital, the profit system, purposefulness and meaning, fidelity to a cause, and mob behavior/group dynamics imbue the story with great significance and enduring relevance. In Dubious Battle, with its rich, well-developed characters and riveting plot, further demonstrates the exceptional talents Steinbeck possessed in abundance.

"There aren't any beginnings," Burton said. "Nor any ends. It seems to me that man has engaged in a blind and fearful struggle out of a past he can't remember, into a future he can't foresee nor understand. And man has met and defeated every obstacle, every enemy except one. He cannot win over himself. How mankind hates itself."

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.