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Sardalya Sokağı (Cannery Row #1)

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A Depression era portrait of people living in an area near a sardine fishery in Monterey, CA known as Cannery Row.

From the opening of the novel: "Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped
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Paperback, 205 pages
Published 1987 by Kıbele Yayıncılık (first published January 1945)
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Anon45678 Much of this book seems abstract. It also seems fantastic like people are inhabiting a dream. Some of the passages seem to be on the edge of reality…moreMuch of this book seems abstract. It also seems fantastic like people are inhabiting a dream. Some of the passages seem to be on the edge of reality but with enough clues to see how it practically applies. These are a bit foggy but with bits of clearing. Then there is the following passage that I can't make out which is heads or tails.

This passage occurs in chapter 4 just after the ten year old boy named Andy insults the Chinese man:
"The old man stopped and turned. Andy stopped. The deep-brown eyes looked at Andy and the thin corded lips moved. What happened then Andy was never able to explain or to forget. For the eyes spread out until there was no Chinaman. And then it was one eye - one huge brown eye as big as a church door. Andy looked through the shiny transparent brown door and through it he saw a lonely countryside, flat for miles but ending against a row of fantastic mountains shaped like cows' and dogs' heads and tents and mushrooms. There was low coarse grass on the plain and here and there a little mound. And a small animal like a woodchuck sat on each mound. And the loneliness - the desolate cold aloneness of the landscape made Andy whimper because there wasn't anybody at all in the world and he was left. Andy shut his eyes so he wouldn't have to see it any more and when he opened them, he was in Cannery Row and the old Chinaman was just flap-flapping between Western Biological and the Hediondo Cannery. Andy was the only boy who did that and he never did it again."

The first two sentences of chapter 2 also make little sense to me. (less)
Allison I think so, considering the emotion with which he reads the poetry aloud at the party.
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Jason
Jan 05, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, reviewed, 2013
Man, I love Steinbeck. I love the simplicity of his characters and the humdrum feeling their lives evoke. I love the indigence of his settings and the candidness with which these characters accept their conditions. I love how quietly he frames his stories with comments on fatalism, while still revealing to us the potential for happiness that pushes at its surface, trying to elbow its way out. At its core, the Steinbeck novel want us to figure out how to embrace the cards life has dealt us. It kn ...more
Dolors
Feb 25, 2015 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rich people in the sewers
Shelves: read-in-2015
Why does Steinbeck's narrative voice entice me so, I've been asking myself over the past few days.
In my second reading of this novella, which has become a favorite of mine, I realized that it's his unshakeable belief in mankind.
Steinbeck reinvents the concept of family and expands its boundaries with his blatant love for humanity. Nobody is homeless in Cannery Row, not even imps or prostitutes, destitute painters or big-hearted biologists, mentally impaired kids or immigrant shopkeepers. Even
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Ben
I first read this many years ago. Riddled with ADD, frozen by nervousness, and thrown-off by wack-ass hormones, I had trouble reading anything at the time, and this was no exception. A parable of my formerly wasted time on earth, I read it and got nothing out of it. Hell, I didn’t even remember I had read it until I started it (again) 10 days ago.

But oh did I appreciate it this go-round. Steinbeck got me to like the kind of people that, at first judgment, I would deem ignorant, annoying, or mayb
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karen
how do i review cannery row? like all the steinbeck i have read, except the dead pony, of which i remember very little except not being too keen on it, it is saturated with these wonderful marginalized characters who are desperate and hopeless and yearning. but they are surviving. and there is so much beauty in the squalor. it reminds me in my feeling-parts of suttree, which is one of my all time favorite books. this book is full of such well-meaning ineptitude and many very serious things couch ...more
Kim
Feb 08, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I owe Mr. Steinbeck an apology. I am so shamed that I cannot even use the familiar 'John'. I have taken this beautiful story and mucked it up. I read about Lee Chong during a middle school basketball game, I learned of Dora Flood while riding the shuttle bus to work. I grew to love/hate Mack during a cheerleading competition filthy with Rihanna songs. I fell in love with Doc and Frankie and Darling while watching a traumatic brain injured patient freak out about his meds.

I am not worthy. This s
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Lawyer
John Steinbeck's Nostalgia: Cannery Row

It won no Pulitzer Prize. It does not figure into the reason John Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for literature. Yet, I love this book. Cannery Row evokes a place that no longer exists, covering a period roughly that of the Great Depression in Monterey, California.

Steinbeck drew on his friendship with Ed Ricketts, a marine biologist , as his central character "Doc" for his novel. They had been friends since the early 1930s. Ricketts taught Steinbeck marine b
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Jason Koivu
Sep 22, 2010 Jason Koivu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Steinbeck wrote one book about the Arthurian legends. However, he wrote a few books using the Arthurian legend model and Cannery Row is one of them.

Here we have a marvelously fun tale, almost a tall-tale, about the bums, prostitutes and common folk living on the California coast south of the San Francisco bay area in and about Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea during the Great Depression. Mischievous scamps get up to no good and little comes of it. All of this is inconsequential and yet intrinsic
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Maxwell
Jul 12, 2015 Maxwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, classics, 2016
Funny and wonderfully written. Steinbeck captures the spiritedness of his characters so well. And he describes the landscape beautifully. I'm glad I finally got around to reading this one!
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I'm just really enjoying going back and reading the Steinbeck I missed, now that I realize what a beautiful writer he is. I ended up reading this because I read Monterey Bay from the Tournament of Books longlist, where the author took Steinbeck's research, characters, place and time and wrote her own novel. It made me want to read the original, which I wasn't even sure was a novel at first. One of the characters is based on Ed Ricketts, who Steinbeck writes about taking a journey with in The Log ...more
Lisa
As there are countless wonderful real reviews of this classic already, but I feel I have to add my enthusiasm about spending delicious hours rereading Cannery Row, laughing tears of amusement and sorrow, I will offer a little prayer quote, as honest as can be, the absolute antithesis to the equally wonderful hypocritical rhetoric of an Elmer Gantry.

“Our Father who art in nature, who has given the gift of survival to the coyote, the common brown rat, the English sparrow, the house fly and the mot
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Jeffrey Keeten
Mar 18, 2011 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Doc would listen to any kind of nonsense and turn it into wisdom. His mind had no horizon and his sympathy had no warp. He could talk to children, telling them very profound things so that they understood. He lived in a world of wonders, of excitement. He was concupiscent as a rabbit and gentle as hell. Everyone who knew him was indebted to him. And everyone who thought of him thought next, 'I really must do something nice for Doc.’”

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Cannery Row

Doc is one of those fictional characters that ne
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Maciek
"It has always seemed strange to me,” said Doc. “The things we admire in men — kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding, and feeling — are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest — sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism, and self-interest — are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second."

Cannery Row is a real place. What John Steinbeck describes as "a poem, a stink, a gra
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Cannery Row (Cannery Row #1), John Steinbeck
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیستم ماه فوریه سال 1977 میلادی
عنوان: راسته کنسرو سازان (راسته کنسرو سازی)؛ نویسنده: جان اشتاین (استاین) بک؛ مترجم: سیروس طاهباز؛ تهران، کتابخانه ایرانمهر، فرانکلین، 1344؛ در 239 ص؛
داستان در شهر ساحلی مونتری جریان دارد؛ در محله ای با عنوان: راسته کنسرو سازان (کنسرو سازی)؛ خیابانی که حاشیه هایش پر است از ماهی هایی که قرار است به کنسرو تبدیل شوند. قشر پایین جامعه و کارگرها آنجا زندکی میکنند. حوادث در خلال جنگ جهانی دوم روی میدهند و ن
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brian
May 28, 2009 brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
20 pages in i immediately noticed the sherwood anderson influence and shot off an email to my friend xxx, urging him to read it on the flight to nyc. his girlfriend of many years just left him and i figured cannery row might inspire. his response was... um... deranged? check it:


"brian - had a hell of a day. almost got shot down on San Julien this afternoon. Bullet smoke so close I could taste it. Almost got arrested breaking up a Guatemalan knife fight, too. got robbed $40, too. But I bought som
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·Karen·
This:

Doc was collecting marine animals in the Great Tide Pool on the tip of the Peninsula. It is a fabulous place: when the tide is in, a wave-churned basin, creamy with foam, whipped by the combers that roll in from the whistling buoy on the reef. But when the tide goes out the little water world becomes quiet and lovely. The sea is very clear and the bottom becomes fantastic with hurrying, fighting, feeding, breeding animals.


And as if Manifest Destiny has pushed the dreamers of America West,
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Chloe
Jul 30, 2008 Chloe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chloe by: Mom
This is the first Steinbeck that I've attempted to read as an adult. We had some brief flirtations during my teen years but never really hooked up. I think it was probably a wise choice. Now we've found each other as adults and can really appreciate each other's complexities and I can tell that I'll likely be making sweet love to Johnny S. for years to come.

Cannery Row is a really brief read that features some of the most concise yet descriptive writing I've ever come across. Set in a small stre
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Teresa
May 07, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Teresa by: Jeniffer Almonte
This book was very different from what I thought it would be. I envisioned mostly reading about the work in the canneries (it's mentioned but not a focus) and I thought it would be depressing (until I read Jeniffer's review). Instead, it's a deceptively simple story (in terms of language) that evokes a range of emotions, humor and sadness all mixed up together, but it's never depressing.

At first I was reminded of Winesburg, Ohio in that its focus is on one community and the stories are more like
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Himanshu
This book finds me in my making. It gives a color to it which isn't bright or striking, but pale, and subtle, and earthly. It has something of the universe in it. The concomitant pattern is so satisfactory to look at that it swells my heart and waters my eyes.

Steinbeck is The Man.
Joe Valdez
May 20, 2014 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tramps, transients, guttersnipes
Shelves: fiction-general
East of Eden is to Cannery Row as The Godfather is to Slacker. This sketch book wrapped up as a novel was the perfect complement to John Steinbeck's multigenerational family epic and reminded me of a scrappy independent movie that takes place on a few blocks of a town off the beaten path. No one character or relationship stands out. It's the sense of place that pervades.

Set in the mid-1940s at roughly the same time the novel was published, Cannery Row defies a time stamp. I got the impression t
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Stian
Jul 02, 2014 Stian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, owned-books
Steinbeck's prose is so pleasant and calming. It has almost a tranquilizing effect. I feel as if I can liken it to a harmonic and well-played game of chess. Things just flow very naturally from the start, you calculate everything correctly, everything clicks and works, and before you know it, it's over -- and if it is a good game, you look back at it and think, "well, that was nice!"

I get much of the same feelings reading Steinbeck, and especially in this work. The complex interrelations betwee
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Γιώργος Καμπουρίδης
<<Συμβαίνει κάτι πολύ περίεργο>>,συνέχισε ο δοκτορας. <<οι αρετές που θαυμάζουμε, η καλοσύνη, η γενναιοδωρία, η ανοιχτή καρδιά, η τιμιότητα, η κατανόηση, τα καλά αισθήματα, όλα αυτά συντείνουν στο να αποτύχει ένας άνθρωπος μέσα στην κοινωνία. Και το αντίθετο, αυτά που σιχαινομαστε, η πονηριά, η απληστία η γλισχροτητα, ο εγωισμός και η συμφεροντολογια οδηγούν ολοισια στην επιτυχία. Κι ενώ από τη μια θαυμάζουμε τις αρετές, από την άλλη αγαπάμε τα κέρδη που μας δίνουν οι κακίες &g ...more
K.D. Absolutely
My fourth time to read a John Steinbeck's book. His The Grapes of Wrath (4 stars), read many of years ago, was an unforgettable experience. It shocked me as it made me realized that Americans also had their shares of misfortunes. Prior to that, I used to think that America was all about milk and honey. Reading is really a worthwhile hobby. It does not only entertain us but, more importantly, it also informs us of the things that we thought do not have any relevance to us so we don't take any eff ...more
Ioannis Anastasiadis
..ο 'Δρόμος με τις Φάμπρικες' ή καλυτέρα o 'Cannery Row' είναι ένας παραλιακός δρόμος στο Monterey μισή ώρα περίπου από το Salinas (την πόλη στην οποίο γεννήθηκε ο Steinbeck) και στον οποίο λειτουργούσαν αρκετά κονσερβοποιεία σαρδελων ..γ να είμαστε ακριβείς ο δρόμος μετονομάστηκε από 'Ocean View Avenue' σε 'Cannery Row' k ο λόγος είναι προφανής ..είναι κ ο τόπος μυθιστορηματικής συνάντησης κ σκληρής επιβίωσης στο χρονικό διάστημα της Μεγάλης Παγκόσμιας Ύφεσης, εργατών, ανέργων, ιερόδουλων, έμπο ...more
Chrissie
Mar 03, 2013 Chrissie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Steinbeck’s best, but too short! Again Steinbeck draws a picture of a time and place that will remain a vivid portrait. This time it is a derelict area in Monterey, California. Probably the 1920s, although it is not said. There are T-Fords, it is on this I am guessing. Steinbeck was from Salinas, California, so he is writing about what he knows best: a cannery, the sea, its smells pungent, acrid and salt, the octopi and starfish and rattlesnakes and the rats, the sound of the surf, the fe ...more
Susan Johnson
May 22, 2017 Susan Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the joys of Good Reads was the rediscovery of Steinbeck and his incredible library of works. Allan in my GR Ireland group got us to read him and it has been such a pleasure. It is quite embarrassing that a guy from Belfast prodded me into reading an author whose books are set in places from down the road from me but I am glad he did. When he suggested doing a buddy read of this and Tortilla Flat, I signed up.

I was disappointed in Tortilla Flat but am now glad I read it first as it laid
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Kim
Feb 22, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I finished listening to an audiobook edition of this novel this morning and since then I’ve been wondering how I’d find the words to say how much I love it. Steinbeck was not on my high school English syllabus, not on the syllabus when I was at university and for the past thirty years has been one of those writers who I knew I “should” read, without actually getting around to doing so. Finally, a trip to Monterey prompted me to acquire and listen to the audiobook. And now I think I have fallen i
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Melanie
May 22, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't help but think that Steinbeck had an absolute ball writing these energetic, whimsical vignettes. There are many passages that had me in stitches and some so clever and sharp that I wanted to note them down, chapter 2 might be the most perfect chapter I've ever read and yet it is barely two pages long.

This author is magic, from the epic East of Eden to this idiosyncratic babble of characters, I can only wonder what else he can conjure.
Juliana
Feb 28, 2008 Juliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While the setting for this novel is somewhat bleak--an impoverished and ofttimes depressed coastal town in California--the characters are brought to life by everday exchanges and emotions the reader can relate to.

I knew after the first paragraph that this novel would be enjoyable because it is so well crafted. One would expect nothing less from John Steinbeck! I remember Steinbeck and Hemingway as the staples of my high school literary fare, as required by those who had seen more of the literary
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Jessica
Apr 24, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: Annette
“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses.”

Cannery Row is even more than that—it’s people. It’s Lee Chong and Dora and Mack and th
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Carac Allison
Mar 04, 2014 Carac Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steinbeck’s great literary achievements were “The Grapes of Wrath” and “East of Eden”. I love those amazing books. But “Cannery Row” has always held a special place in my heart. Each and every word is true. The connected stories are funny and sad and heart-achingly beautiful.

The characters are wonderful.

Mack is a man who has decided he doesn’t want to play any of the roles society demands of men. He doesn’t want to be a worker, a husband or a father. He has opted out of the struggle that has mad
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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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