Steinbeck's tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society, dependant on one another for both physical and emotional survival
Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, including longtime friend Ed Ricketts, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Dora, Mack and his boys, Lee Chong, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works. In her introduction, Susan Shillinglaw shows how the novel expresses, both in style and theme, much that is essentially Steinbeck: “scientific detachment, empathy toward the lonely and depressed…and, at the darkest level…the terror of isolation and nothingness.”
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Unlike the unsparingly bleak Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row has a warmth that almost verges on a sort of nostalgia. Set in an industrial district of Monterey, California in the ’30s, the story looks at how the Great Depression fostered a sense of community among the downtrodden. The slim novel’s simple premise—the aftermath of a party that spins out of control—lets Steinbeck introduce us to a host of colorful characters whose quirks feel endearingly real. Given that Steinbeck lived in the area at the time the book is set, they may well be!
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I really enjoyed this book. Was sad to see it end. Great character development and area history. I've recommended it to others who've also really enjoyed it.
GREAT WRITE BY STEINBECK
This book is funny and shows a few great book personalities. I was lauhing out loud. Enjoy the classics, you cannot go wrong with them.
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