The first story I read in this collection was the Red Pony. It is easily a four star read. Too start with, some of the imagery in the book is stunning. Steinbeck is an approachable writer but he can craft a powerful image. A birthing scene in the barn stands out in my mind. The character, a farm-hand, in a violent but powerful scene is able to come through. And Steinbeck does a great job of se ...more
That Steinbeck's writing has resisted the test of time is no secret. The hidden beauty in his works, however, is the cross-generational appe ...more
One thing I re-realized while reading this collection was that all good things should be taken in moderation. The same goes for good books. As much as I love the work of Steinbeck, it's nice to read something else every once in a while, if only to have the desire for exceptional writing to gnaw at you once again, forcing you to go back to a favorite author. What I mean is that instead of reading this within the time frame that I did ...more
Gave 4 stars
Interesting novella that follows the story about a "silent" rebellious coastal townspeople who have recently been conquered by an invading army. While the townspeople do not outwardly or actively rebel or resist, they look on to the invading army with cruel, cold, and un-trusting eyes which kills some of the invading army's soldiers. The dialogue was really creative and the characters were well-crafted.
The Red Pony Review (9/01/12)
Gave 2 stars
To tell ...more
This short novel gripped my heart on a daily basis. It was quite commonplace writing, in the sense that it often felt like journal entries. "This person did this...this person did that...." But it was always enough that the reader wished to keep going. It might not always be the most intriguing stories day to day, but I never felt moments of not wanting to know what was going on with each character.
I was very overwhelmed with how much alcohol affec ...more
The first thing that came to mind upon finishing this is that John Steinbeck has officially made it into my sacred realm of Favorite Authors. There were some novellas here that I enjoyed ...more
The Pearl represented the earth's riches, it is beautiful on the outside and everything seems like it is going well, but if you look deeper you can really tell that everything is not okay. It can be filled with, greed,hate,suffering,pollution,and etc. Kino, was a reflection on human society, and there are people in the society who see the big picture (Juana Represents that) ...more
The Red Pony: ***
Of Mice and Men: ****
The Moon Is Down: ***** - Superb and understate ...more
My favorite here is Of Mice and Men; I have read it more frequently than any of Steinbeck's books, and ...more
of his subject, the working class American--to use a post-Steinbeck phrase. But his prose is not intriguing, seductive,
surprising, as we expect great authors to write. In fact, Steinbeck himself doubted his gifts as a writer, and
he was not wrong. But his discovery and documentation--almost in a journalist sense--of American life
as it was developing into the America we are...This is u ...more
Collected here for the first time in a deluxe paperback volume are six of John Steinbeck’s most widely read and beloved novels—Tortilla Flat, The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, The Moon Is Down, Cannery Row, and The Pearl. From Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, and hope in Of Mice and Men, to his tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society in Cannery Row, to The Pearl’s examination of the fallacy of the American dream, Steinbeck created stories that were realistic, rugg...more
I am amazed at Steinbeck's ability to change his voice so drastically from one story to the next. I didn't feel like I was reading the collection of a single author because the voice was so distinctly different for each story.
Loved this read. So glad I picked it up. I only wish it came in hardback (because I'm a book brat, thank you Todd Peterson).
The only one I found a bore was 'The Pearl', I see what was trying to be accomplished, but feel the tale fell short of the lesson being presented.
In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley ...more