Cannery Row

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Penguin, 1945 - Fiction - 185 pages
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In this masterful tale set in Norway during World War II, Steinbeck explores the effects of invasion on both the conquered and the conquerors. As he delves into the emotions of the German commander and the Norwegian traitor, and depicts the spirited patriotism of the Norwegian underground, Steinbeck uncovers profound, often unsettling truths about war—and about human nature.

Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s self-described “celebration of the durability of democracy” had an extraordinary impact as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe. Despite Axis efforts to suppress it (in Fascist Italy, mere possession of the book was punishable by death), The Moon is Down was secretly translated into French, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, German, Italian and Russian; hundreds of thousands of copies circulated throughout Europe, making it by far the most popular piece of propaganda under the occupation. Few literary works of our time have demonstrated so triumphantly the power of ideas in the face of cold steel and brute force. This edition features an introduction by Donald V. Coers.


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All prose should aspire to this degree of eloquence. - Goodreads
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Sitting down to write this review made me remember that scene from Annie Hall when Woody Allen says "Love is too weak a word for what I feel--I lurve you." Well, I lurve Cannery Row. A lot. It's such ... Read full review

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Why did I take this book of my library's shelf? First of all, it's Steinbeck. There's no book of his that I didn't like up to this point. Second of all, he got a Nobel for literature after writing ... Read full review

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About the author (1945)

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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