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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  389,748 ratings  ·  9,724 reviews
John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression follows the western movement of one family & a nation in search of work & human dignity. Perhaps the most American of American classics. The novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of sharecroppers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, & changes in financial & ag ...more
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Published 2001 by Penguin (first published 1936)
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Paul Fisher I certainly had to do a double take on the last page, i thought "did i just read what i thought i read?"!

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Malcolm David Logan
Dec 03, 2013 Malcolm David Logan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people over the age of 30
Whenever I revisit a classic I'm struck by how much more I get out of it now than I did when I was 24 or 19 or, God forbid, 15. Giving a book like the Grapes of Wrath to a 15 year old serves largely to put them off fine literature for the rest of their lives. The depth of understanding and compassion for the human condition as communicated by a book like this is simply unfathomable to those who haven't lived much life yet, but after you've gotten a healthy dose of living, it comes across like fi ...more
Stephanie
If you are an American you need to read The Grapes of Wrath. It scares the poop out of me because, my fellow Americans, we are repeating history. If live anywhere else read it as well as a guide for what not to do.

In the Grapes of Wrath Mr. Steinbeck tells the tale of the first great depression through the Joad family from Oklahoma, who has been displaced from their family farm through no fault of their own. You see, there was a big bad drought which made farming impossible. In those days the fa
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Jason
In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.

This book really gets my goat. Those poor, dirty Joads. So poor and so, so dirty. After being displaced from their Oklahoma farm following the Dust Bowl storms that wreck their crops and cause them to default on their loans, the Joads find themselves a family of migrants in search of work and food. They join a stream of hundreds of thousands of other migrant families across the United Stat
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sckenda
Aug 18, 2014 sckenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those fit to bust
Recommended to sckenda by: Mr. Gary Biggers- my 11th Grade Teacher
I recognize myself in every stranger’s eyes. Yet, second sight did not come naturally to me as a teenager until writers taught me to look at misery of others and to question the ideology and culture that I gulped with my mother’s milk. John Steinbeck, with mud and spittle, opened my eyes when I first read "The Grapes of Wrath" at 16, and he challenged my worldview. Along with a series of books that I read during that formative year (“Les Miserables” and “The Jungle”), “The Grapes of Wrath” becko ...more
Jennifer
*Review contains a partial spoiler*

If you read enough reviews, you'll notice that most of the people who gave this book 1 or 2 stars had to read the book for a high school class. Most of the 4 and 5 star ratings came from those who read it as adults. I recommend listening to those who read it as adults.

Many people hate the ending, but I thought it was great. Creepy? Yes, but there was an immense amount of beauty and generosity in that creepy little ending. At one point in the story, Ma tol' Ros
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Dolors
Jul 18, 2014 Dolors rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with grit enough to keep the faith
Recommended to Dolors by: Bruce Springsteen
Oklahoma, 1939. Tractors invade the barren plains, ruining crops, demolishing houses, stripping farmers of their livelihood, leaving only billows of dust and ransacked land behind. Bewildered families choke with disbelief at the lame excuses of the landowners who blame a monster bigger than them. Not the severe droughts, not the iron machines, not their useless greed, but the bank, the bank forced them to do it.
And so a pilgrimage of thousands of destitute families to the promised land of Calif
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Renato Magalhães Rocha
The Grapes of Wrath is a story about the pursuit of power by a few selected individuals and its domino effects on the society and the lives of thousands of people. While the story itself is set on the times of the Great Depression, back in the 1930s and 1940s, we can still trace parallels with the contemporary world we’re living in more than 60 years later. Sadly, still to this day, we can see in the news that there are people working for less than the minimal wage and under slave labor conditio ...more
Maciek
How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children?

The Grapes of Wrath won John Steinbeck both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, firmly engraving his name on the stone tablet featuring the canon of Great American Writers. Published in 1939, it is arguably Steinbeck's best known work and is still widely read today. Admirers praised Steinbeck for writing an epic tale of Biblical proportions, singing songs of the
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Kim

The Pulitzer Prize winning novel of 1940, this is the story of the Joad family, Oklahoma tenant farmers displaced from their land by the combined effects of ecological disaster, rampant capitalism and the Great Depression. The narrative follows the family as they travel from Oklahoma to California in search of work, along with hundreds of thousands of others in the same situation. Woven into the story of the Joads are chapters dealing with issues such as the attitude of Californians to the influ
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Gary
Isn't THE GRAPES OF WRATH just wonderful!!!!???? You've not read it??? Shit!!!! You don't know what you're missing!!!!!!!! If you've read it, then you will know exactly what I am talking about.

I have lived on, or close to old route 66 for over 20 years of my life. I love the history of THE MOTHER ROAD. However, believe it or not, it was only in the past few years that I finally read this book! I had read other Steinbeck,and loved it,and for some reason, after owning a copy of the book since the
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Kinga
Dear John,
There is no doubt in my mind that you are an excellent writer. And I am sure you know this. There is the Pulitzer and there is the Nobel. There are hundreds of editions worldwide and swarms of five star reviews.

“The Grapes of Wrath” is a book of great weight (literally and metaphorically). It’s epic and as timeless as the history which repeats itself with a stubborn regularity. There have always been changes and there have always been people left behind, people who found themselves ou
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Drew
May 03, 2007 Drew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: fiction, favorites
This is by far my favorite book of all time for several reasons. Steinbeck always creates some of the deepest characters I've ever read. Tom Joad is my favorite character in any piece of literature. His growth from a self-serving ex-con to a Christ-like hero is an embodiment of the entire Joad family. Every time I read his lines to Ma when he says "Every time there is a cop beatin' a guy...look in their eyes Ma, You'll see me" or something like that, I think of that Rage Against the Machine song ...more
Chrissie
Anybody wanting to understand what life was like during the Depression should read this book. My maternal grandmother survived it. They lived in Kansas. They ate grass. Those years changed my grandmother forever. I think I finally understand why she was who she. Steinbeck's novel is based on solid and extensive research, even if it is a book of fiction.

I am in a pickle. I cannot tell you whether by the end I found it to be depressing. That would be a spoiler. I will say instead that how ever it
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Szplug
My dad told me that reading this book when he was a young man made him a socialist. Of course, by the time he told me this the old man had shed many of those earlier convictions, as least as far as I could tell, but it gave me a good idea of what to expect when I finally got around to reading it at some point in the late nineties—a portrayal of the inhumane and selfish response of the capitalist minority to the widespread misery and desperation of the laboring majority during those terrible year ...more
HeavyReader
Jul 05, 2009 HeavyReader rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids in elementary school who want to look sophisticated carrying around a big book
Shelves: fiction
I read this book in 5th grade. I am not kidding! My teacher asked if any of us had ever read this book (what in the hell was she thinking?), so I went home and said I wanted to read it.

My parents dutifully took me to Waldenbooks in the Acadiana Mall and bought me a copy. For some reason, the copy they bought me included a lot of critical writing about the novel, so the book was HUGE. It was one fat book. I carried it around like the geek that I was (at least I had given up carrying my schoolbook
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Sarah
I got caught shoplifting makeup when I was thirteen. I waited for my mom to come to the store after security called her, imagining the anger she'd have in her face when she saw me and feeling shame, shame, shame. I didn't cry until she walked into the office and burst into tears, herself! Then I did, too. And on the way home, as I sobbed, she said things like, "I know, I know," and "Shh..." Then she bought me a pineapple softserve ice cream cone at a drive-thru Mexican restaurant and took me hom ...more
Rosana








This is turning into my year of audiobooks. Lately I have been unable to find time to read, but I can listen to books as I do housework, and especially as I drive, and driving is what I do. My husband and I are farmers in an isolated area in the Canadian prairies. The closest town is 80 km away, and trips to various towns for machinery parts, doctor appointments, banking or groceries are part of my life. So for the past few days now I have been listening to The Grapes of Wrath as I drive throug
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Eve
Jul 30, 2014 Eve rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eve by: Lisa K.
Shelves: read-2014
I have to credit my best friend with making this book a priority in my life. We both love to read, but she's only seriously recommended a handful of books that most affected her. Thus far she's been pretty accurate. I loved Jane Eyre, and I just finished Rebecca last year. This one though, the one that impacted her the most, has been the longest coming. I've lost count of how many times I've attempted to read this one, but I just haven't been at a place in my life to really appreciate the weight ...more
Clif Hostetler
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My real (normal) review is at this link.

Grapes of Wrath (10) (a.k.a trampling vintage)
versus
Sound and the Fury (23) (a.k.a. soliloquy signifying nothing)

Over in this corner we have Grapes of Wrath (GW) with its clearly defined and understood message: workers unite, blessed are the poor, viva the revolution, his truth is marching on.

Over in the other corner is The Sound and the Fury (SF) in its smoky shadowy form: stream of con
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Tom
Mr Stienbec has writ a remarkable tale His story leaves a feller and a gal sad and disheartened anda appreciaten oftha dtermnation, courage n stenth of da dus bowl Okies. I fel a conect to dare struggles wit what life sometime dishes out to folk. I growed to like tha Joad family like day was my own. Grandma, Grandpa, Tom, Al, Pa, Ma, Rose ASharon, Ruthie, Wimfiel, Connie,preacher became like kin. I kepta wishin and hopin for the famly through all thiere difculties and setbacks I would give this ...more
Manny
A searing tale of social injustice and so on, and I'm in no way disputing that, but it's funny to see which parts of a book really stay with you. There's a passage early on in the story when the Joad family are setting off in their beat-up old jalopy to make the long trek to California. The car is not in good shape, but the driver knows all its weaknesses intimately and coaxes it along. He becomes one with the machine: he is the car.

At many points in my life, I have found myself responsible for
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K.D. Absolutely
A well-written classic novel! I could not put it down. People in 3rd world countries would always think that American is the land of milk and honey. This book opened my eyes that sometime in 1930's US of A had that depression that drove the people to famine. The Joads family really inspired me that no matter how difficult life becomes (with the on-going global depression), there will always be a better life waiting for all of us!
Ellie
Set in the 1930's during the height of the Great American Depression, The Grapes of Wrath tells the tale of the gruelling plight of the Joad family, who are evicted from their farm in Oklahoma and have to migrate west to California to find work. The family have been led to believe they will find jobs, a home and a life they can only dream about in California. When the family get to California, they find that thousands of other families have also made the same journey and there are too many worke ...more
Teresa
This book probably deserves 5 stars. It could also rate the encomium of the (so-called) Great American Novel. But I'm giving it 4, because (in a nutshell) I just didn't like it as much as East of Eden.

While I admired the lyrical chapters that were interspersed between the actual story of the Joad family, sometimes I felt they were a bit too heavy-handed, or superfluous, even interrupting the flow of the narrative -- with exceptions. I understand that these chapters elevate the story to a 'more'
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Sanfranannie
Jan 13, 2008 Sanfranannie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sanfranannie by: Deborah Valentine
This book deserves all the praise it's been given.
My mom, a former english teacher, discovered that I hadn't read it and mailed me a copy. Let me say that I'm SO thankful I didn't read it in high school as many have. I can't imagine that I would've appreciated it half as much back then and it's too bad that so many folks have experienced it from that adolescent standpoint (although I do think it should be required reading when learning about the history of the U.S.).

The writing is beautiful &
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Caris
My initial plan was write something goofy about this book, because pretty much everyone has read it. But then I got to thinking. For all of the fancy awards Steinbeck won for the goddamned thing, it hasn’t seemed to do a whole lot of good. Perhaps California is a little more welcoming to tourists from Oklahoma these days, but the most elemental problems are still out in the open.

Today, I cut across a Home Depot parking lot in inner-city Phoenix to get a better path into traffic. On my way, I was
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Jonathan

This novel was at first only a four star read for the following reasons. However it is after reading earlier in the year that now I realise how powerful this book was.

1. The way of speaking was frustrating reading. With all the conjunctions and the shortening of Rose of Sharon to Roseasharn and with the characters all jumpin' around and being part of a fambly. That was slightly annoying to my grammar sentiments...

2. The book made me angry (okay this is a good thing this time about the book and
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Lisa Vegan
Jul 03, 2013 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students but only if paired with helping today’s homeless and poor, and all adults
This book June 2013 buddy read with Diane and her friend Janni. It’s a good thing this was a buddy read because otherwise I’d have put it down. I really struggled (once again) with Steinbeck’s writing style, and characters too, in the first twelve chapters.

I started liking it in chapters 13 & 14, and by the last several chapters had a hard time putting it down and it was hard to believe I struggled so long with it.

Once I started caring about the characters (I’d always cared about their plig
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Emily
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Joe Valdez
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1940 and cited by the Nobel Committee as a key factor in awarding John Steinbeck the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962, I must have been hiding the semester The Grapes of Wrath was assigned reading in high school. I finished the novel for the first time a few hours ago and have never felt as close to hurling a garbage can through a store window as I do now. Banks and fast food outlets in the Southern California area have been placed on alert.

I doubt that I can
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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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