The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.
First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.
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Grapes of Wrath
An absolutely stunning book! One of the best books I have ever read. The story of that time during the depression and the dust bowl was so well done. Commentary and description was made in between chapters about the people themselves. I cannot believe that I have not read that book until now. Indeed this book is timely in a manner that has to do with the anger at what are perceived as outsiders coming to areas where they will take jobs at lower salaries and thus take jobs away from the people who are already there. Definitely a book that will keep me thinking for a long time about the country we live in now and the country that was then. Highly recommended.