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The novelist who wrote "THE GRAPES OF WRATH" and the director who produced "CRISIS AND LIGHTS OUT" in Europe combined their superb talents to tell the story of the coming of modern medicine to the natives of Mexico. There have been several notable examples of this pen-camera method of narration, but "THE FORGOTTEN VILLAGE" is unique among them in that the text was written ...more
ebook, 144 pages
Published July 8th 2009 by Penguin Books (first published 1900)
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Satyabrat Mishra
The tale is set in Mexico. But it very well could have been in India, or any other part of the world where myths rule more than medicine and superstition holds monopoly over life.

Narrated with a pen-camera style, the story tells of a little boy trying his best to save the life of his siblings. But faced with the huge giant of superstition, the little boy can't even stand up a david to the golliath.

We may have moved on to modern times but it's chilling how once people could have so strongly pers
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Jason Carpenter
I really liked this very short and fast read. The story crosses all generation gaps, not only because of medicine and science but in the belief that the moving force of chance will always be younger generations progressing our cultures.

There's also a religious component to the story and that's that if nothing can be done then it's "God's Will". If a child or person is saved it's considered a miracle and also the will of God.

I love the hidden stories that are hidden beneath the words in this bo
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Vincent
This book is actually a narrative for a screenplay of the same name by John Steinbeck. Most of the content is the same, though the book form contains some editorial additions. It may be preferable to view the film (available on youtube) rather than read the book, as half of Steinbeck's portrayal of the fictional village of "Santiago" is otherwise lost.
The story itself (c. 1940) tells of the continuing growing pains of rural Southern Mexico. Intersecting themes of tradition and science, coloniali
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Christine Granados
Bought this book at his museum when I was in Salinas this summer. Honestly, I bought it because it was the cheapest book in the gift shop. I wanted a souvenir from his hometown. However, I'm glad I did. It's a simple story told with beautiful black & white stills from the documentary-like movie he made. The images are priceless.
Paul
This was made purely to capitalize on Steinbeck's name and northing more. He certainly never intended to publish this or at least in this form.
John
SOME THINGS STILL HAVE NOT CHAGED IN RURAL MEXICAN FARMS NEAR WHERE I LIVE NOW
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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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