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 - Karin7 - LibraryThing
To this day, I am amazed that I read this entire book. It starts off depressing, so I kept reading to get to something better, but it ends up even more depressing. I'm not a Steinback fan in general as I don't care for his writing style, but this is the one I hate the most. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bibleblaster - LibraryThing
Ok, I finally read this masterpiece...and even though I knew what was coming, as the book has seeped into so many creative cracks in the culture, I still loved it and was surprised by the beauty of some of the passages. Steinbeck's a novelist, where Sinclair (Upton) sometimes failed. Read full review