Sweet Thursday (Penguin Modern Classics)
There is a kind of style or attitude that Steinbeck brings to this world which is both sympathetic and very humorous. That's a difficult trick as it would be very easy for us to laugh at Hazel - a man who believes he will become President because of a horoscope reading from the madame of the local whore house...more
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Cannery Row is one of my favorite novels. Beginning as a high school assignment and continuing over the next 40 years I have read it a dozen times. Someone told me that Steinbeck wrote Cannery Row as a gift to the country during WWII - as something to make people happy. He succeeded in that goal. Cannery Row is simply magical. It has that certain 'somethi...more
Moved to read by Spoken Verse's suggestion, as part of his reading of R Dahl's Snow White & the 7 dwarves:
Brief description of each chapter in the index. Helpful for revisiting.
--126..old type beer can, punch open
--131..fauna (bear flag Madame) warped and nudged and bunted her young ladies toward good nature and kindliness, which are the parents of good sleep
--164..The Arming. Fauna c...more
Certo, Doc non è Richard Gere, ma un biologo sgangherato e disincantato che torna a Vicolo Cannery dopo la guerra in uno stato di torpore e indolenza ben lungi dall'essere l'uomo di successo del film.
Eppure ho un debole per Doc, sin da quando l'ho incontrato in Vicolo Cannery o ne La Battaglia, così come doveva averlo anche Steinbeck per il suo amico fraterno, il biologo Ed Ricketts, che fu costantemente per lui influente fonte di ispirazione al punto di rappresentarlo, come in quest...more
Sweet. The relationships of the town are endearing. Suzy is difficult to care about, but grows on you after awhile. It is about love led astray - it seems really simple concept of getting these two together. I can't say that it affected me though, but I do like that Suzy broke away to try to make it on her own, without any help. It shows a strong, independent woman, which I appreciate rather than a weak woman stereotype. I believe in self-sufficiency, but can also appreciate a hand when...more
It's hard to describe why this is so goo...more
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What I missed most in Sweet Thursday, that had been present in Cannery Row were the beautiful passages of nature writing. We still have Doc visiting the tidal fields but there's no magic in there. Aside from such lyrical musings on the perfect days of the title, there's nothing like it to be found. Instead of the place we get the people; shoddy, post-war versions of people.
OK, so that may come off...more
As the story evolves we find that Doc is undergoing a personal crisis and appears to be suffering melancholia. This causes his friends great dismay and, as they soon set about helping Doc, the consensus is to pair him with the newly arrived Suzy, who is s...more
So, Cannery Row is my favorite novel of all time. This is the sequel to it written nine bumpy years in John Steinbeck's life later, which included the tragic death of his close friend Ed Ricketts who inspired the character of Doc. This book has the same humor, charm and meticulousness underneath the meandering surface but it doesn't quite measure up. Part of me desperately wants to give it 4 stars because I so much enjoyed reading about Can...more
It's funny, most of the stories that I remember from the movie "Canne...more
"Sweet Thursday" takes readers back to the familiar denizens of Cannery Row. In this book, Mack and Hazel, two of the fellows from the Palace Flophouse, decide that nothing will do but that they must arrange for Doc Ricketts to be married. And, of course, the bride-to-be must be Suzy -- the new girl at the Bear Flag (for those unfamiliar, the Bear...more
The book keeps its Main chracters that we warmed too in Cannery Row while introudcing a few more chracters that we soon warm to two. There was times where I cracked a grin or shimmerd a cheeky smile, there was also times where i woul...more
In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row—the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter.
Nobel Prize-winning author
Wondering if Steinbeck's greatest strength is his ability to capture relationships between people -- especially friendships. Friendships of the oddest sort -- between the hapless denizens of the Palace Flophouse, who landed there like jellyfish on the ocean beach and Doc, a me...more
In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley...more