Cannery Row (Cannery Row #1)
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 R...more
In my second reading of this novella, which has become a favorite of mine, I realized that it's his unshakeable belief in mankind.
Steinbeck reinvents the concept of family and expands its boundaries with his blatant love for humanity. Nobody is homeless in Cannery Row, not even imps or prostitutes, destitute painters or big-hearted biologists, mentally impaired kids or immigrant shopkeepers. Even ...more
But oh did I appreciate it this go-round. Steinbeck got me to like the kind of people that, at first judgment, I would deem ignorant, annoying, or mayb ...more
I owe Mr. Steinbeck an apology. I am so shamed that I cannot even use the familiar 'John'. I have taken this beautiful story and mucked it up. I read about Lee Chong during a middle school basketball game, I learned of Dora Flood while riding the shuttle bus to work. I grew to love/hate Mack during a cheerleading competition filthy with Rihanna songs. I fell in love with Doc and Frankie and Darling while watching a traumatic brain injured patient freak out about his meds.
I am not worthy. This s ...more
Here we have a marvelously fun tale, almost a tall-tale, about the bums, prostitutes and common folk living on the California coast south of the San Francisco bay area in and about Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea during the Great Depression. Mischievous scamps get up to no good and little comes of it. All of this is inconsequential and yet intrinsic ...more
Cannery Row is a real place. What John Steinbeck describes as "a poem, a stink, a gra ...more
"brian - had a hell of a day. almost got shot down on San Julien this afternoon. Bullet smoke so close I could taste it. Almost got arrested breaking up a Guatemalan knife fight, too. got robbed $40, too. But I bought som ...more
Doc was collecting marine animals in the Great Tide Pool on the tip of the Peninsula. It is a fabulous place: when the tide is in, a wave-churned basin, creamy with foam, whipped by the combers that roll in from the whistling buoy on the reef. But when the tide goes out the little water world becomes quiet and lovely. The sea is very clear and the bottom becomes fantastic with hurrying, fighting, feeding, breeding animals.
And as if Manifest Destiny has pushed the dreamers of America West, ...more
Cannery Row is a really brief read that features some of the most concise yet descriptive writing I've ever come across. Set in a small stre ...more
At first I was reminded of Winesburg, Ohio in that its focus is on one community and the stories are more like ...more
Steinbeck is The Man.
I get much of the same feelings reading Steinbeck, and especially in this work. The complex interrelations betwee ...more
Set in the mid-1940s at roughly the same time the novel was published, Cannery Row defies a time stamp. I got the impression t ...more
This author is magic, from the epic East of Eden to this idiosyncratic babble of characters, I can only wonder what else he can conjure.
The characters are wonderful.
Mack is a man who has decided he doesn’t want to play any of the roles society demands of men. He doesn’t want to be a worker, a husband or a father. He has opted out of the struggle that has mad ...more
I finished listening to an audiobook edition of this novel this morning and since then I’ve been wondering how I’d find the words to say how much I love it. Steinbeck was not on my high school English syllabus, not on the syllabus when I was at university and for the past thirty years has been one of those writers who I knew I “should” read, without actually getting around to doing so. Finally, a trip to Monterey prompted me to acquire and listen to the audiobook. And now I think I have fallen i ...more
I knew after the first paragraph that this novel would be enjoyable because it is so well crafted. One would expect nothing less from John Steinbeck! I remember Steinbeck and Hemingway as the staples of my high school literary fare, as required by those who had seen more of the literary ...more
Cannery Row is even more than that—it’s people. It’s Lee Chong and Dora and Mack and th ...more
I don't know about that, but I do know why h ...more
A few weeks ago, I interviewed a TV actor for a new magazine in New York. He's a nice kid, and during the interview, I asked him to name his favorite writers, and among them was Steinbeck. It was embarrassing to ad ...more
Well Cannary Row reminds me of a time that never really existed in my life but should have cause it would have been freakin great.
I can smell Northern California's coast when the title of this book crosses my mind. I can see dark cold water and washed out, cooly inviting beach. I can taste damp cigarette's and beer from quart jugs, beach fires and the mix of diesel ...more
The plot details, the way all the supporting characters linked up, even who Mack and the boys were doing their "thing" for (hell...I can't even remember what "thing" they were doing) are gone. I've lost my acces ...more
I don't want to wear out the mention of Cormack McCarthy's 'Suttree' (I've seen it referenced by at least two other friends) but I did read Suttree this year and while reading Cannery Row I couldn't help but feel the similarities between the two stories.
Steinbeck has a way of presenting a tale of hardship and squalor in such a way that instead of feeling dirty, you feel like you are being caught up in a song, a poem that pulls you into a parallel with your fellow man that allows you to experien ...more
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In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley ...more