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.
This Centennial edition, specially designed to commemorate one hundred years of Steinbeck, features french flaps and deckle-edged pages.
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The Grapes of Wrath
A moving story that, perhaps, Steinbeck could only write. A work of fiction that reveals truth.
Eerily appropriate for our time.
To be short, The Grapes Of Wrath is jarring in the cruelty that happens to man by man as well as completely inspiring in what help man can get from fellow man and to what lengths they will go out of their way to accomplish that help.
Steinbeck writes so descriptively and beautifully in parts that one cannot feel like the places he describes are heaven on Earth. He also gives characters a language that has preserved a piece of historical culture for all of his readers to discover.
Even now- especially now- the context of The Grapes of Wrath and the plight of migrant families forced into difficult situations should be headed and allowed to inform people who vilify and have no mercy to certain persons that accomplish beautiful things in an ugly cultural landscape.
A book that will last with me forever.
Grapes of Wrath
Excellent!! The verbiage used by the author created such vision and feeling that I could actually feel as I read. I was there with the story.