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The Grapes of Wrath

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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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Elizabeth Hook They shared when they had nothing, shared the last thing they possibly could, but they gave. That last piece summed up the most powerful message I…moreThey shared when they had nothing, shared the last thing they possibly could, but they gave. That last piece summed up the most powerful message I felt in the book. The one of sharing, when the I becomes the we.A persons dignity can never be robbed from them as long as they have something to give. I loved it, it took my breath away.(less)
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Malcolm David Logan
Dec 03, 2013 Malcolm David Logan rated it really liked it  ·  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
May 17, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favorites, 2012
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
Feb 26, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, 2012, reviewed
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
Jun 12, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*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
OMGOSH! Powerful and Tragic.......with an ending NEVER to be forgotten!

In THE GRAPES OF WRATH, hard times plague the Joad family from beginning to end, and chronicle the Great Depression of the 1930's. No rain, dust storms and the dreaded "monster" bank ended a much-loved and long-lived way of life forcing farmers to become migrant workers traveling from one unwelcome place to another; and No work + No money = No food, but the Joad's never give up despite being tired, beaten down, angry and sad.

Jul 18, 2014 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Dec 29, 2014 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list
Chirst. This was a tough one to read.

I don't just mean it was depressing. It was, obviously - a book about a poor family being forced from their home during the Great Depression and having to beg for the chance to pick cotton at fifteen cents per hour can't be anything except depressing - but it wasn't the most depressing book I've ever read. That honor probably goes to The Hunchback of Notre Dame, although I guess Angela's Ashes is a close second.

This was hard to read, not because it was a por
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 th
Farshad Firuzi
Jun 10, 2015 Farshad Firuzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
برای کسانی که بدنبال لذت درک لبخند ژکوند هستند ! چیزی کهمیخوام بنویسم بیشتر از جنس احساسه تا از جنس تحلیل .. فقط بیست صفحه از کتاب روخونده بودمو تونستم باهاش ارتباط برقرار کنم .. یه شب بارونی بهار .. حوالی ساعت ده شب خوندن روشروع کردم و تا هفت صبح یکنفس خوندم .. نزدیک به ده ساعت یه حس عجیب و غریب که تووی این بیست سالی که میخونم اولین بار بود که برام اتفاق میفتاد .. چهارصد صفحهاول رو یه تیکه و پیوسته خوندم .. کتاب با هر سطرش روح خواننده روبه درد میاره ..جاهایی از داستان قلب ادم واقعا به درد میاد ...more
Henry Avila
Feb 23, 2015 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The bleakness of the dry, dust bowl days , the suffocating particles everywhere, you can't breath, in your nose, eyes, clothes, food, house, the darkness at noon, unable to see the Sun, during a dust storm, the top soil flying away , carried by the winds, never to return, in the Depression, when people , farmers, lost their homes and land, to the banks, incapable to repay their loans , (no crops no money), symbolized by the Joad family, of Oklahoma , in the 1930's . Seeing black and white pictur ...more
“Now Tom said, "Mom, wherever there's a cop beating a guy
Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
Where there's a fight against the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me, Mom, I'll be there

Wherever somebody's fighting for a place to stand
Or a decent job or a helping hand
Wherever somebody's struggling to be free
Look in their eyes, Ma, and you'll see me"

And the highway is alive tonight
nobody's foolin' nobody as to where it goes
I'm sittin' down here in the campfire light
With the Ghost of Tom Joad”

Nandakishore Varma

NEW DELHI: There has been an upward trend in cases of farmer suicides in Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Punjab recently, besides reporting of instances in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, says an Intelligence Bureau note submitted to the Modi government late last week.

The December 19 report, marked to national security adviser Ajit Kumar Doval, principal secretary to the Prime Minister Nripendra Mishra, and agriculture ministry, among others, has blamed rising farmer suicides on er
Men squatted in their dooryards in a meditative trance, scrawling on the ground the reflections of their befuddling thoughts. The dust sifted up by the sweltering wind sought refuge on their dingy shoulders and hair. Women stood at the door, casting a tentative glance at their men with their bewildered eyes. Children stood docilely beside their Ma, showing restrained obedience: they knew when to play and when not to; their instinct prodded them to respect the silence pervading the air.

An air of
Aug 11, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Dec 22, 2015 Kinga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: random
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
Apr 09, 2016 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

أنا اقتنيت الرواية دي منذ أكثر من 4 سنوات , و حتى مش فاكر كلفتني كام , لكن أنا فاكر إنها كانت ميزانية بالنسبة لي وقتها , ولا أعرف ما سبب إحجامي عن قراءتها كل هذا الوقت , قد يكون لضخامتها , ولكني أعتقد أن السبب الرئيس في ذلك هو أنني لست من عشاق الأدب الأمريكي ولا مريديه إلى فترة قصيرة مضت , وفي النهاية كان من حسن حظي عدم قراءتها , لأني وجدت فيها متعة عظيمة في وقت عصيب .

بكل ما تحمله الكلمة من معنى , نحن أمام عمل عظيم , متقن للغاية , بديع السرد , مبهر التفاصيل , عمل واقعي بامتياز , ليس فقط واقعي ال
Oct 01, 2010 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 03, 2007 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jul 05, 2015 Chrissie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors
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
So much has been said about this novel, that I’m not sure I can add anything of value to the conversation. So, instead of reviewing The Grapes of Wrath as a freestanding work, I’m going to think about it in the context of other celebrated books at that time.

Awhile back I set out to read every Pulitzer Prize-winning novel in order. I wanted to learn how America saw itself at different points in history, and one of the best ways to understand a culture is to look its stories.

In the 20s and 30s A
Jul 05, 2009 HeavyReader rated it it was ok  ·  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
Jul 19, 2011 Szplug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 05, 2015 FeReSHte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america

اسم پرآوازه ی کتاب کافیه تا هرکسی برای خوندنش وسوسه بشه...حقیقت اینه که شاید کتاب بیش از حد طولانی و گاهی خسته کننده به نظر بیاد ولی چیزی که اشتاین بک ازش شجاعانه صحبت کرده برهه مهمی از تاریخ آمریکا رو روایت می کنه که هم طی خوندن و هم در پایان نه تنها پشیمون نیستید بلکه از تجربه ای که با این کتاب داشتید خوشحال هم خواهید بود.

داستان کتاب سفر خانواده جاد - به عنوان سمبلی از هر خانواده کارگر آمریکا- رو از اوکلاهما به سمت کالیفرنیا روایت می کنه. سفری که همه کارگران از روی اجبار در نتیجه ی ورود ماشین
There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do.

When I was a young, impressionable teenager filled with ideas that were too big for my head, I thought I understood the world. I thought that unlike my classmates I had a harder truth to face. I grew up with a farmer for a dad. My mom picked up jobs where and when she could. My dad though, farmed his whole life. From the time he was 12 years old until he was 47 and diagnosed with the cancer that later took his life.

My se
Jonathan Ashleigh
This was long and depressing and, when I read it, I was forced to read it.
Jul 30, 2014 Eve rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 03, 2015 Himanshu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Journey to the West

Failingly, but unflinchingly I had starting writing a review for this holy book. I couldn't decide how I wanted to open because it's imperative to get it just right lest I would eventually end up with a wrong flow of expression and I wouldn't be happy about it. I'm being compulsive for a reason. This ain't just an important book with a plot and some characters and their incessant struggle for a decent subsistence. This here is a book that drives a person's thoughts from th
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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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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