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SUMMARY The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Ss 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 euality 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 Classic. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy growing heavy for the vintageThis book really gets my goat Those poor dirty Joads So poor and so so dirty After being displaced from their Oklahoma farm following the Dust Bowl storms that wreck their crops and cause them to default on their loans the Joads find themselves a family of migrants in search of work and food They join a stream of hundreds of thousands of other migrant families across the United States to what they believe to be the prosperous valleys of California Only once they arrive they discover that there is nothing prosperous about it not only is there a serious shortage of work mostly caused by an overabundance of labor that came with the influx of so many other migrant families but they also have to contend with growing anti migrant sentiment among the local population and wealthy landowners who think nothing of taking advantage of them in their state of vulnerability Without proper labor laws protecting worker s rights and no trade unions to represent their interests the Joads are severely underpaid for whatever work they do manage to find and they simply fall deeper and deeper into despondencyThe reason this gets my goat is cause it doesn t have to be that way Yes the Joads are uneducated and wouldn t ualify for anything than basic manual labor Yes it is the Great Depression and this is not an easy time to find a job even for skilled workers And yes they are a family of 47 and they probably look pretty ridiculous all crammed up in the back of their makeshift pickup truck But gosh darn it if only they had unions If only they had fair labor standards to guarantee them a minimum wage If only they had the protection of government legislation to prohibit wealthy landowners from colluding to keep prices high and wages lowWhich leads me to wonder what would Ayn Rand think of all this After all aren t labor unions and economic regulation precisely what she argues against By that account if Atlas Shrugged is the supposed Bible of right wing thinkers then I d have to say that The Grapes of Wrath might just be its antithesis But the real difference as far as I can tell is that while Atlas Shrugged represents a crazy woman s vision of a whack job world that could never actually exist John Steinbeck tells it like it is and how it was for so many hard working Americans who were taken advantage of under a system that did nothing to protect them And what s even remarkable is that Steinbeck s characters whom by the way Rand would refer to as moochers just thought we should be clear on that make Dagny Taggart and Henry Reardon look like a couple of pussies What is it Ma Joad says That if you re in trouble or hurt or need to go to poor people for they re the only ones that ll help This is a novel about the working poor and it should serve to remind us what can go horribly wrong in an unregulated economy A House of My Own Stories from My Life 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 Classic. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy growing heavy for the vintageThis book really gets my goat Those poor dirty Joads So poor and so so dirty After being displaced from their Oklahoma farm following the Dust Bowl storms that wreck their crops and cause them to default on their loans the Joads find themselves a family of migrants in search of work and food They Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, join a stream of hundreds of thousands of other migrant families across the United States to what they believe to be the prosperous valleys of California Only once they arrive they discover that there is nothing prosperous about it not only is there a serious shortage of work mostly caused by an overabundance of labor that came with the influx of so many other migrant families but they also have to contend with growing anti migrant sentiment among the local population and wealthy landowners who think nothing of taking advantage of them in their state of vulnerability Without proper labor laws protecting worker s rights and no trade unions to represent their interests the Joads are severely underpaid for whatever work they do manage to find and they simply fall deeper and deeper into despondencyThe reason this gets my goat is cause it doesn t have to be that way Yes the Joads are uneducated and wouldn t ualify for anything than basic manual labor Yes it is the Great Depression and this is not an easy time to find a El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro job even for skilled workers And yes they are a family of 47 and they probably look pretty ridiculous all crammed up in the back of their makeshift pickup truck But gosh darn it if only they had unions If only they had fair labor standards to guarantee them a minimum wage If only they had the protection of government legislation to prohibit wealthy landowners from colluding to keep prices high and wages lowWhich leads me to wonder what would Ayn Rand think of all this After all aren t labor unions and economic regulation precisely what she argues against By that account if Atlas Shrugged is the supposed Bible of right wing thinkers then I d have to say that The Grapes of Wrath might Fragonard Art and Eroticism just be its antithesis But the real difference as far as I can tell is that while Atlas Shrugged represents a crazy woman s vision of a whack Mao Zedong job world that could never actually exist John Steinbeck tells it like it is and how it was for so many hard working Americans who were taken advantage of under a system that did nothing to protect them And what s even remarkable is that Steinbeck s characters whom by the way Rand would refer to as moochers The Monarchs Are Missing just thought we should be clear on that make Dagny Taggart and Henry Reardon look like a couple of pussies What is it Ma Joad says That if you re in trouble or hurt or need to go to poor people for they re the only ones that ll help This is a novel about the working poor and it should serve to remind us what can go horribly wrong in an unregulated economy

REVIEW ✓ JIMFORD.CO.UK Õ John Steinbeck

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 powerle. Man made environmental catastrophe and its inhuman cost a study in ineuality and injustice Imagine having to leave your country because it is a wasteland created by a decade of dust storms Imagine having nowhere to go but still crossing the desert in hope of finding a future after your past was wiped out by human failure greed and environmental carelessness Imagine not being welcome when you arrive with nothing but what your family vehicle can carry How can we live without our lives How will we know it s us without our past Imagine nobody caring about those thousands of us who lost their identities with their farms and livelihoods Immigrants are always also emigrants and they carry the memory of being somebody somewhere in a distant past To treat them as if they existed in a historical vacuum is as cruel as it is common and it is the recurring topic of Steinbeck s heartbreaking writingSteinbeck is one of those authors that I love unconditionally and with each reading experience I once travelled from where I lived in Texas to visit Steinbeck country in California looking for his traces in Monterey and Salinas always accompanied by his complete works from hilarious short novels to the heavy epic novels of good and evil In the end I discovered his characters in the faces I saw on the road I smelled his descriptions of nature in the humid or dry dusty air I heard his dialogues in the everyday exchanges on markets and in hot small town streets I love them all each one in my carefully kept Steinbeck collection Asked by one of my children the other day which Steinbeck had influenced me most I thought I was going to give an evasive diplomatic answer not making a statement for or against any specific story Instead I heard myself sayThe Grapes of WrathAnd the moment I said it I knew that I meant it It may not exactly be my favourite Steinbeck but definitely the one I feel uncomfortably chillingly getting under my skin immediately Just recalling the voices of the characters makes me shiver as they suffer through the ordeal of fleeing from the Dust Bowl that environmental catastrophe caused by greed and paid for by individual families to a Californian paradise which doesn t welcome newcomers The poverty the suffering the love and despair it is tangible in each sentence in each story lineFamily saga social study historical document political standpoint ethical statement on compassion and greed it is all there but invisible under the masterfully crafted story which has its own uality beyond the message on the essential needs and worries of poor common people without protective networks I don t know how to close this review as I am not done with this novel at all despite having read it several times But one uote shall stand as a warning to those who believe their wealth protects them against being humans and feeling poor for behaving poorly If he needs a million acres to make him feel rich seems to me he needs it cause he feels awful poor inside hisself and if he s poor in hisself there ain t no million acres gonna make him feel rich an maybe he s disappointed that nothin he can do ll make him feel rich

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The Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression a book that galvanized and sometimes outraged millions of readersFirst 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. Whenever I revisit a classic I m struck by how much I get out of it now than I did when I was 24 or 19 or God forbid 15 Giving a book like the Grapes of Wrath to a 15 year old serves largely to put them off fine literature for the rest of their lives The depth of understanding and compassion for the human condition as communicated by a book like this is simply unfathomable to those who haven t lived much life yet but after you ve gotten a healthy dose of living it comes across like fine music to a trained ear My heart doesn t bleed for the Joads today as it might have 25 years ago Yes it s grim and unfair but it s no longer shocking or disturbing and I can see now that Steinbeck didn t intend sensationalism to be the main point What he s about is revealing the human dignity the innate goodness and unbreakable pride of these people and by extension the American people in general something that still resonates today especially with reference to the working classes When the Joads and their kind decline government hand outs reuesting instead the simple opportunity to work hard and be rewarded commensurate with their labor even if it means a grueling cross country journey to a place they don t know one can hear today s white working poors exasperated disdain for government insisting that they simply be allowed to keep of their pay and not be held back in their efforts by nit picking legalities and cultural trivialities that disapprove of their lifestyles Sadly most such people will never read the Grapes of Wrath Worse yet many liberal lawmakers won t read it again after high school and won t glean from it an essential understanding about the pride and perseverance of the American working class which the far right is playing like a fiddle much to the detriment of the entire nation A book like the Grapes of Wrath should be reuired reading for every American over 30

  • Hardcover
  • 479
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • John Steinbeck
  • English
  • 10 May 2019
  • 9780670016907

About the Author: John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck III was an American writer He wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Grapes of Wrath published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men published in 1937 In all he wrote twenty five books including sixteen novels six non fiction books and several collections of short stories In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for LiteratureSteinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley



10 thoughts on “The Grapes of Wrath

  1. says:

    Whenever I revisit a classic I'm struck by how much I get out of it now than I did when I was 24 or 19 or God forbid 15 Giving a book like the Grapes of Wrath to a 15 year old serves largely to put them off fine literature for the rest of their lives The depth of understanding and compassion for the human condition as communicated by a book like this is simply unfathomable to those who haven't lived much life yet but after you've gotten a

  2. says:

    If you are an American you need to read The Grapes of Wrath It scares the poop out of me because my fellow America

  3. says:

    This is another review as I go which helps me capture my thoughts of the moment before I forget them One thing that strikes me in these early pages is Steinbeck's techniue of focusing on things that are supposedly tangenti

  4. says:

    ENGLISH The Grapes of WrathITALIANOThe Great Depression told through the journey of one of the many families of farmers fallen on hard times in the 1930s The exhausting search for work food and a roof over the head put a strain on human dignit

  5. says:

    “And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain” Revelation 1610 The Grapes of Wrath begins with the description of the severe drought and dust storms that deprived farmers of their livelihood and sustenanceThe dawn came but no day

  6. says:

    Man made environmental catastrophe and its inhuman cost a study in ineuality and injustice Imagine having to leave your co

  7. says:

    During the bleakness of the dry dust bowl days as the suffocating particles fall everywhere you can't breathe in your nose eyes clothes food house the darkness at noon unable to see the Sun during a dust storm the

  8. says:

    At 17 I bought The Grapes of Wrath cracked it open and after reading a few pages declared it BOR ING Yawn I was off to the mall with my tight abs to find some jeans that would accentuate my vacuous mindThe same copy then s

  9. says:

    In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy growing heavy for the vintageThis book really gets my goat Those po

  10. says:

    Review contains a partial spoilerIf you read enough reviews you'll notice that most of the people who gave this book 1 or 2 stars had to read the book for a high school class Most of the 4 and 5 star ratings came from those who read it as adults I recommend listening to those who read it as adults Many people hate the ending but I thought it was great Creepy? Yes but there was an immense amount of beauty and generosity

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