The Grapes of Wrath
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 Penguin Classicsedition contains an introduction and notes by Steinbeck scholar Robert Demott.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryCin - LibraryThing
3.5 stars. Tom Joad has just been released from prison (he killed someone in self-defense) on parole, and when he returns to his family farm (this is during the time of the “dust bowl” in the thirties ... Read full review
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How was I not forced to read this classic in high school? Maybe books find you when the time is right. Maybe I would have hated it ( much as I hated everything in HS) but how rich and beautiful it is ... Read full review