Tortilla Flat

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Penguin, Apr 28, 1977 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur’s castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging—men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude.
 
As Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck chronicles their deeds—their multiple lovers, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinking—he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him.
 

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User Review  - Stephen Bauer - Goodreads

The imagery and otherwise figurative language are outstanding and worth reading for that alone. In fact, it is the only thing that keeps the story moving. The characters are all winos, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Frances Margaret - Goodreads

So you start out with a bunch of despicable characters who couldn't possibly have any stories worth telling as their lives are seemingly empty except when they happen to have some wine. Steinbeck ... Read full review

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Contents

Title Page
HOW JESUS MARIA CORCORAN A GOOD MAN BECAME
HOW THREE SINFUL MEN THROUGH CONTRITION ATTAINED
HOW DANNYS FRIENDS SOUGHT MYSTIC TREASURE ON SAINT
HOW DANNY WAS ENSNARED BY A VACUUMCLEANER
HOW UNDER THE MOST ADVERSE CIRCUMSTANCES LOVE
HOW DANNYS FRIENDS THREW THEMSELVES TO THE AID OF
HOW DANNY BROODED AND BECAME MAD HOW THE DEVIL
HOW DANNYS SORROWING FRIENDS DEFIED
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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.

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