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  - RussellBittner - LibraryThing

With that title, I don’t mean to make light of John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat. Quite to the contrary. This short novel — which, in my youth, I once knew, read and loved as a ‘novella ’— I just read ... Read full review

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!!! This story takes me to another place and time and immerses me in it. I was there with these wonderful characters through all their trials and tribulations, culminating in a mythological climax. A perfect story. Read full review

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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Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His complete works will be available in Penguin Modern Classics.

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