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Contains four short stories: The chrysanthemums; Breakfast; The vigilante; The murder.
Paperback, 55 pages
Published May 6th 2005 by Penguin
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I haven't read any Steinbeck in years, and I'd forgotten how good his writing is. Like Of Mice and Men (the only other book I've read of his), the short stories of Murder capture glimpses of America's great depression. They very casually show the issues that arose on a day to day basis: the way women were kept only as housewives, the way men could lynch a black man and be branded vigilantes, the way a rich white man could get away with murder. It's profound in that the every day style - the smal ...more
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Elle pesait trente-neuf kilos. A quarante-cinq ans, son visage était ridé et brun comme celui d'une vieille, vieille femme, mais ses yeux étaient enfiévrés de volonté de vivre."

"La lune était blanche comme de la craie et nageait dans l'eau, illuminant les brins de paille et d'orge tombés de la bouche des chevaux. Jim pouvait voir les larves de moustique monter et descendre dans l'eau avec des culbutes et tout au fond de l'abreuvoir une salamandre qui reposait sur la mousse."

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Steinbeck is just one of the greatest authors whose descriptions of emotions are just superb, read this for an excellent example.
Four slight but enjoyable stories by American icon Steinbeck
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John Steinbeck III was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories.

In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley
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