In dubious battle

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Penguin Books, 1992 - Fiction - 355 pages
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At once a relentlessly fast-paced, admirably observed novel of social unrest and the story of a young man's struggle for identity, "In Dubious Battle" is set in the California apple country, where a strike by migrant workers against rapacious landowners spirals out of control, as principled defiance metamorphoses into blind fanatacism. Caught up in this upheaval is Jim Nolan, a once aimless man who finds himself in the course of the strike, briefly becomes its leader, and is ultimately crushed in its service.

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User Review  - Susan Johnson - Goodreads

4.5 stars Steinbeck writes another memorable novel that I had neither read or heard of before which says a lot for my ignorance of an author who writes about places in my back yard. I had read "Grapes ... Read full review

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In Dubious Battle is a thrilling procedural about a labor strike in a California valley dominated by a handful of landowners. It is also a penetrating examination of group psychology, the motives and ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

No writer is more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.