Synopses & Reviews
In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row
the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tearsfrom Doc, based on Steinbecks lifelong friend Ed Ricketts, to Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by Robert DeMott.
A postwar continuation of Cannery Row, [Sweet Thursday is] every bit as juicy and relaxed as the original. . . . This is comedybawdy, sentimental, and good fun.
An emphatic and clear-cut statement of Steinbecks greatest theme: the common bonds of humanity and love which make goodness and happiness possible.
The New Republic
About the Author
John Steinbeck (19021968), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, achieved popular success in 1935 when he published Tortilla Flat. He went on to write more than twenty-five novels, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. Robert DeMot t is the Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor at Ohio University.