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The Pastures of Heaven

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Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures. We have begun publishing his many works for the first time as blackspine Penguin Classics featuring eye-catching, newly commissioned art. This season we continue with the seven spectacular and influential books East of Eden, Cannery R ...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published June 24th 1982 by Penguin Books (first published 1932)
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Il 2014 sta per concludersi e bisognerà tirare delle somme. Varie cose importanti hanno cambiato la mia vita in questi ultimi dodici mesi. Dirò solo 3 delle più rilevanti: 1. ho smesso di fumare; 2. ho avuto il mio primo incarico importante da insegnante; 3. ho conosciuto Steinbeck, ovvero ho iniziato a leggere i suoi libri e me ne sono perdutamente innamorata. Con Steinbeck è stato davvero amore a prima lettura perché nei suoi libri ritrovo tutto ciò che cerco nella letteratura e spero quindi c ...more

Where John Steinbeck is concerned, I'm an unapologetic fan. Having only made his acquaintance relatively recently after a visit to Monterey prompted me to read Cannery Row, I've fallen in love with his clean prose and striking use of imagery, his powerful evocation of place, his ability to turn ordinary people into memorable characters and the deep humanity which is at the heart of his writing.

This was the second of Steinbeck's works to be published. It's a short story cycle in which each of th
Amira Mahmoud
مراعي الفردوس
هي أول تجاربي مع جون شتاينبك
هي أقرب للمتوالية القصصية منها إلى رواية
هي مجموعة قصص لأبطال وشخوص يعيشون في مراعي الفردوس كلّ منهم له قصته الخاصة ، التي قد تتلاقى مع شخص آخر من ساكني الفردوس
القصص يغلب عليها الطابع ، الحزين المأساوي
غريب الأطوار أحياناً ، والمفزع أحياناً أخرى
وهو ما لا يتناسب مع أحلامهم وأفكارهم تجاه هذا المكان ، الذي استمدوا تلك النظرة الحالمة له من اسمه
ليكتشفوا أنها هي نفسها الأرض ، لا تختلف في مسمياتها
ولكن تبقى الأرض التي تحتفظ في داخلها بما حدث ومرّ عليها عبر الزمان
Grazie a questo romanzo ho scoperto Steinbeck. Ed è stato un avvenimento molto importante nella mia vita.
I feel that Steinbeck’s short stories are overlooked because they’re simple without being simplistic and they plod along at a pace that can feel like watching crops grow. The Pastures of Heaven was written before he became a star and you can trace the outlines of what was to come.

The setting is a valley that a Spanish Corporal finds while chasing runaway Indian slaves. He’s so taken by what he sees that he christens the valley “Las Pasturas del Cielo” or "The Pastures of Heaven."

From the limited
مراعي الفردوس

هذا هو الكتاب الثالث الذي أقرؤه لجون شتاينبك، رغم أن قراءتي له بدأت مبكرة جدا ً، قبل سنوات بعيدة تكاد تقترب من العشرين، عندما حصلت على روايته القصيرة (اللؤلؤة)، والتي فتنتني ببساطتها وجمالها، ورغم أني حصلت على عدد من كتبه في السنوات الأخيرة، إلى أني لم اقرأ منها سوى (الفئران والرجال)، وهذا الكتاب (مراعي الفردوس).

نشر هذا الكتاب سنة 1932 م، لم يكن شتاينبك قد حاز شهرته بعد، له عمل وحيد نشر قبل هذا بثلاث سنوات، وهو رواية تاريخية اسمها (كأس من ذهب)، كان في الثلاثين من عمره، بعد سنوات س
Pavlina Radolavova
Цялото ревю в "Аз чета"

Стайнбек не е писател, той е художник, на места, на хора, на съдби.

Художник е на това, което е скрито за очите, но не и за душата. Той рисува неказаното, непомисленото, всичко онова отвъд Рая, което единствено можем да доловим с красивите словосъчетания и приятното душевно гъделичкане на неговите творби.

„Небесните пасбища“ е типичната картина на човешкия жанр на Стайнбек. Книга, сбор на разнообразни малки – скрити, неизказани, неразкрити персонални истории. Лични разкази з
هذا الكتاب هو أول كتاب قرأته لجون شتاينبك و هو مجموعة قصص تدور فى وادى يسمى مراعى الفردوس والذى أكتشفه و أعطاه أسمه جاويش أسبانى منذ أكثر من 150 سنة وتمنى أن يكمل حياته فيه و لكن بدلا من ذلك أنهى حياته مغموسا فى السماد يعالج من مرض الزهرى
أبطال الرواية أناس عاديين جدا , ليس فيهم مميزات بل فيهم عيوب و نقائص الناس بشكل عام, حياتهم عادية لكن تفاعلهم مع بعضهم البعض , ظروفهم الخاصة و أقدارهم , نقاط ضعفهم أنحرافاتهم تشكل مصادر الألم و الشقاء و عدم الرضا لهم و لغيرهم
الكاتب قليل جدا فى استخدام الحوار ال
This is a collection of stories about morons. What i mean by that, is that everyone is engagingly simple, "good country people," and their amusement and fear is what makes this story tick. They are all good farmers, moral people without having the dredge of scripted morality, and finally adept to the understandings of both the simplicity of their environment as well as each other's characters. Simplicity drives them, and degardes all progression, for the better. Hence, the maybe unfair moniker o ...more
الجميل ... صاحب الأسلوب السلس جون شتاينبك وكتاب آخر رائع وقراءةأخرى ممتعة من بعد أن تعرفت عليه من خلال روايته شتاء الأحزان

قليلة هي الكتب التي تترك في النفس بصمة وقليلة هي الكتب التي ترفض أن تتركها من يدك وتنشغل عنها وهذا الكتاب منها بكل تأكيد

أعترض على تسمية هذا الكتاب رواية كما اعترضت من قبل على تسميةصح النوم ليحيى حقي رواية

ففي العملين كان هناك المكان والزمان وقصصا قصيرة تخص هؤلاء المتواجدين في ذلك المكان والزمان، وعلى عكس صح النوم التي توحدت خيوطها في آخر الكتاب مما اعطاها حق التسمية فإن مراعي
Joyce Lagow
In his early California novels, Steinbeck focused on the land he loved and the people who lived there. The Pastures of Heaven (which is based on a real valley and whose characters have roots in real people) is one of those novels and uses the same format he employed in Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row a collection of stories around an organizing theme. One of his earliest books, The Pastures of Heaven, focuses on the people who work the land and live in its town. The stories are fairly independent; ...more
My journey through the lesser works of John Steinbeck yields another minor gem!

Another reviewer refers to The Pastures of Heaven as Steinbeck's first book, and although that's not true, it might as well be - Cup of Gold, his actual first book, is a steaming pile, for sure.

Anyway, this one is a whole lot better than Cup of Gold. Steinbeck wasn't suited for pirate stories, and The Pastures of Heaven finds my longtime-favorite American novelist in much more comfortable territory, namely California,
"L'uomo non vuol soltanto vivere e riprodursi. Egli vuole anche lasciare un ricordo di sé, una prova, forse, che è realmente esistito. E lascia la sua prova sul legno, sulla pietra o, addirittura, sulla vita degli altri. Questo desiderio profondo c'è in tutti noi, dal ragazzo che scrive parole oscene sui muri al Budda che incide la propria immagine nella mente dei popoli. La vita è così irreale che noi non siamo mai sicuri di esistere..."
Ed è questo che Steinbeck fa in questo libro: permette a o
Steinbeck in full naturalism mode. Reminded me a lot of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio and Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town: interconnected short-stories revolving around a rural community. Steinbeck walks a fine line between satire and seriousness, often using irony to emphasize human folly amongst an idyllic society or in highlighting the absurdity of various socio-economics. Steinbeck eschews with subtlety and is quite keen to show that this paradise or Edenic setting ...more
romanzo corale su una splendida valle californiana e i suoi abitanti che, come per uno strano contrappasso, sembrano segnati da sfortune, fallimenti, perdite e spesso sono costretti a fughe improvvise. i capitoli/racconto si intrecciano e si sfiorano- creando un affresco quasi magico su cui domina (più che le piccole vite degli uomini, con tutte le magagne) la bellezza incantata del luogo. adoro steinbeck.
I knew I would like this, because Steinbeck is my number one obsession, but I had no idea I would fall in love with this book. I have read all of his novels (except for Cup of Gold because he said it should not have been published—although at some point I will have to read it anyway, and short story collections or unfinished stuff like King Arthur, but I will read those eventually as well). This is billed as a short story collection, but to me it was a novel and an incredible one. This was writt ...more
Shaimaa Ali
I read an Arabic Translation to it & didn't enjoy it that much! While each chapter was considered an individual short story. the "Pastures of Heaven" is considered only a background to all those individual stories.. with rare interaction of characters in other chapters..
There’s always something so refreshing for me when returning to Steinbeck. Which is kind of funny because all of his stories basically detail the crushing of his characters’ hopes and dreams… but yet there is always something uplifting in there, a nobleness of pursuit that we identify with and aspire towards, even if Steinbeck’s greater focus is on the fact that the world is the world and nothing we do can change it. But shouldn’t we still try? Isn’t it noble and righteous to have pursuits, even ...more
Another beautifully written Steinbeck novel. This is the earliest of the author's work that I have read, and it's interesting to see him wax lyrical about the environment around him, in addition to developing interesting characters through interlinking, entertaining stories set in the Salinas valley.

Each story features the Munroe family in some shape or form, either as protagonists or in the background, and other families, like the Whitesides, are also present in many of the tales, I suppose in
“He did not often think of people as individuals, but rather as antidotes for the poison of his loneliness, as escapes from the imprisoned ghosts.”

John Steinbeck made his way in my 'to-read' list when I discovered Meg&Dia's song 'Monster', that is supposed to have been written after 'East of Eden'. That time, I wasn't aware of the impact that this author will have on me.
No matter what book I read written by him, he changes something in me. He makes me hate every material and finite thing,
Christopher Gonzalez
May 26, 2007 Christopher Gonzalez rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Steinbeck fans, short story enthusiasts
This short story cycle was penned by Steinbeck early in his career. All the stories are connected by the Munroe family and the fact that they take place in a part of California's Salinas Valley Steinbeck called "Las Pasturas del Cielo," hence the title. The stories themselves are all about very down to earth people that exist in this part of California in order to shape the experience of one another. My personal favorites are stories IV--"Tularecito," about a mentally and physically handicapped ...more
A long, long time ago, I visited The Pastures of Heaven with a bit of unconsciousness and I got impressed with it. It was lent to me along with other "Christian" books (probably because of the title). (Of course after I finnished it I realized it wasn't a Christian book at all - no clichees and lectures specific for the bigger part of that literature.) It's the only one from that stack that I can remember.

Actually, as I was re-reading, I realized certain scenes and facts were recurring to me (m
Disclosure: I am an unapologetic, hopeless Steinbeck addict. I cannot recall him ever writing a bad word and have found enrichment in the more than 20 books of his I have digested.
This short novel spins a series of interesting stories set against the Salinas/Monterey/Carmel locale where so many of Steinbeck's major works are set. He offers up the history of a unique valley from its initial settlement through succeeding generations, protraying ironies, tragedies and triumphs. Better than just abo
I enjoy reading Steinbeck. His stories leave me filled with a rich sense of how history affects place. Specifically, the north coastal regions of California, where I happen to live.

"The Pastures of Heaven" presents a nostalgic collection of short stories, recording the everyday happenings of the people that live there. The book is threaded together by way of one family, the Munroes, who make an appearance within each chapter. They, like their neighbors, are not exceptional, only except in the ex
Nick Klagge
I chose this as one of the books I took along to read on vacation in San Francisco because it is about Northern California and because I had recently read "Travels with Charlie" and really enjoyed it. And because I could borrow it from my friend S. It's a lovely book, consisting of several somewhat-related vignettes about people living in a rural valley near Monterey, CA. They're very well-rendered characters, with less sentimentalism than the characters in "Cannery Row." The stories are mostly ...more
This 1932 story collection is the great overlooked Steinbeck title, the first book in which his inimitable narrative voice really came through for the first time. (His first novel, Cup of Gold, is recommended only for hardcore Steinbeck completists.) The thematically linked stories begin with Bert Munroe, a man haunted by bad luck, taking possession of an abandoned farm in a pristine California valley. Each succeeding story focuses on another resident whose fortunes are affected, in one way or a ...more
Ashlee Draper Galyean
This is the kind of book that kept me waiting for catastrophe to strike--not my favorite steinbeck. I liked the concept of one family affecting the lives of their neighbors without knowing but I would have liked some of the stories to have been a more positive affectation so that it wasn't so disappointing all the time.

Normally I love Steinbeck. This one just didn't speak to me like his others. I did, however, still enjoy it.
Gabriel Oak
This is an early Steinbeck work (1932), and marks the moment where he really discovered his trademark style, a kind of naturalism-sentimentality mix. The stories are all set in a fictional California valley called Las Pasturas del Cielo, which seems to represent the last frontier space in America, a place where people believe they can go to regenerate their lives and fortunes. But as the characters discover, there is no escaping human nature, no escaping the curses of heredity, bad luck, or soci ...more
Cada cuento es una unidad temática y a su vez parte de un todo con la novela. Es la primera vez que leo a Steinbeck. Me pareció un hermoso retrato de la época, en un paraíso visual como son Las praderas del Cielo, pero no tan perfecto humanamente. Una belleza la escritura.
Five friends and I took a “Steinbeck Tour” car trip of Salinas, his hometown, and nearby Monterey in October 2011. In preparation for that two-day excursion, I read one of John Steinbeck’s early works from 1932, what some call a novel and others a collection of 12 interconnected short stories called The Pastures of Heaven.
The three-page first chapter, in effect an introduction, tells the story of a Spanish soldier who in 1776 rides from the Carmel Valley up a ridge and beholds a beautiful long
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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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