Cannery Row

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Penguin, 1945 - Fiction - 185 pages
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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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John Steinbeck writes poetry that masquerades as prose. - LibraryThing
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User Review  - Scotty - Goodreads

Wonderful imagery, of course . . . Flop, flop, flop. :) This is one of the obscure novels to which a lot of people have not read. Steinbeck's love for the man down on his luck is once again revealed in startling imagery. Read full review

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User Review  - Charlene - Goodreads

Hooray for my first Steinbeck book that I didn't detest! Read full review

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JOHN STEINBECK (1902–1968) was born in Salinas, California. He worked as a laborer and a journalist, and in 1935, when he published Tortilla Flat, he achieved popular success and financial security. Steinbeck wrote more than twenty-five novels and won the Nobel Prize in 1962. Nearly all of his books are available in Penguin Classics.

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