In Dubious Battle
In Dubious Battle completes my run of all of the Steinbeck books at the Central Library, and certainly ends it on a high note. When I first added this book as "to-read," I was...more
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 Row, In Dubious Battle, The Long Valley, The Moon Is Down, The Pastures of Heaven, and Tortilla Flat. Penguin Classics is pro
Quello che lascia senza fiato è la potenza e l'attualità di questo romanzo che nonostante affondi le proprie radici in pieno New Deal potrebbe benissimo essere stato scritto in un'epoca molto più recente.
Dopo alcune letture che mi avevano lasciata più freddina, qui riconosco il vero Steinbeck, quello che ho iniziato ad amare con Furore e Vicolo Cannery; quello che riesce a tirar fuori dai suoi personaggi tutta l'umanità e tutta la rabbia che secoli di privazioni e soprusi...more
*spoiler alert* The parallels between war and strike actions are evident from the start. Even the strategies employed are military--siege, barricade, propaganda and spying are all a part of the strikes. Mac, one of the main characters, makes it...more
This short novel takes place in the midst of the Depression in California's apple fields. Two organizers – or agitators, depending on one's view – help convince a group of apple pickers to strike for better wages and conditions. Things don't go exactly how the two men, Mac and Jim, want and the strikers' struggle is filled with hardship and heartache. But it is also filled with cam...more
This is a study of men as individuals and groups. How does a mob act? Why does it act that way? What drives the organizers? We learn that on one hand they have something worth living for that gives them satisfaction denied the other characters. On the other han...more
Iconic American author Check
Nobel Prize winner Check
Failed as a labor Check
Quasi Recluse Check
Depression era writer Check
outlook: Big Guy Wins
Little guys looses Check
Like USSR policies Check
Depressing as Hell Double Check
The title comes from Milton, some lines from one of Satan's speeches in Paradise Lost in wh...more
In Dubious Battle wasn't The Grapes of Wrath though. It wasn't even Stein...more
Yep, that continued the whole way through. Loved it! How about when the top-feller was talking about his poached eggs!?
In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley...more