Title: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Book Beginnings quote:
To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the rains came gently and they did not cut the scarred earth.
Friday56 quote (page 28, last page of preview):
Casy said, "See how good the corn come along until the dust come along. Been a dinger of a crop."
Summary: The Joad family, from Oklahoma, are forced off their farm ravaged by dust storms and poverty and by promises of work aplenty in the golden state of California. What they find there and along the way, is anything but golden.
"Given the drastic plight of the migrant labor situation in California during the Depression, Steinbeck refused intentionally to write a popular book or court commercial success. It was ironic, then, that shortly after its publication date on April 14, 1939...it climbed to the top of the best seller list and stayed there for most of the year...The Grapes of Wrath won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize, eventually became the cornerstone of the 1962 Nobel Prize, and proved itself to be among the most enduring -- and controversial -- works of fiction by an American author, past or present. Despite its gaffes, flaws, and infidelities...The Grapes of Wrath has entered both the American consciousness and conscience. Few novels can make that claim.
|The 75th anniversary edition I read had 476 pages.|
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