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The Wayward Bus

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  7,266 Ratings  ·  462 Reviews
Sustained brilliance, complete credibility and vividness . . . striking, dramatic! -- "Saturday Review"
The bus travels the California backroads. Its passengers are the lost and lonely, the good and the greedy, the stupid and the scheming, the beautiful and the vicious. As they ride, their dreams and desires clash, their secret selves are revealed, and they become the face
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Penguin Classics (first published February 1947)
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karen
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
steinbeck pulverizes me. i'm not the type to get choked up by calling-card commercials or whose heart swells with the violins at the end of a sappy movie, but steinbeck has a heart-seeking missile aimed directly at me, and he knows just how to find my emotional center. this has always been my favorite of steinbeck's works, even though it is a shortish one in which very little actually happens. but steinbeck's strength, for me, has always been his characters, and this is one prolonged character s ...more
mark monday
i saw Dusty reading this and asked him what it was all about. he said it was hard to say, it was about life and people and what a countertop looks like and what a place feels like and how people think or not-think. at least i imagine that's what he said, its been a month or so. he also said that Steinbeck was his favorite author. he finished reading the book and then gave it to me. i would say that Dusty is my friend, sure, why not.

The Wayward Bus is about a bunch of people in post-WW 2 america.
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Joe Valdez
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
The Wayward Bus was John Steinbeck's follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize winner The Grapes of Wrath. It most certainly suffered for it. Published in 1947, readers had waited eight years for a new novel from Steinbeck, who set the Joads on the road to California in 1939 and wouldn't publish his next novel until 1952, when he dispatched Adam Trask west to meet his destiny in East of Eden. Readers seem to have let The Wayward Bus fall into a crease on the map between the two novels, but I was absolutel ...more
Tony
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: u-s-lit
My favorite present was when I was 15 or 16. A Christmas. There were clothes and things. But my brother wrapped two paperback books for me: The Catcher in the Rye and The Grapes of Wrath. Two days later I was an addict.

I was also a completist. Down went the other Salingers quickly. And Steinbeck? Well, he was God. I had read maybe a dozen or more of his books before Travels with Charley and I had my moment of doubt. What kind of man owns a poodle?

And so there was a hiatus, if you can call forty
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Sam Quixote
John Steinbeck is one of my favourite writers. The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, East of Eden - masterpieces all. Even his less “important” novels like Cannery Row and its sequel Sweet Thursday, as well as his nonfiction book, Travels with Charley, where he goes on an RV tour of America with his poodle Charley, are superb.

He’s written some stinkers too though. The Red Pony and The Short Reign of Pippin IV are both tedious and Tortilla Flat is just ghastly. Unfortunately The Wayward Bus is on
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Lindsay
Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Recommended to Lindsay by: Meghan Pinson
Shelves: favorites, fiction, adult
I should put this under poetry. I should put all Steinbeck under poetry.

One of the unfortunate victims of teaching (and especially student teaching) are the books we seek to read outside of scouring the curriculum day-in and day-out. I started this sorry soul about two months ago, and even though my heart swelled each time I picked it up, I was lucky to get a page in between finishing lesson planning at night and passing out as soon as my head hit the pillow. GAH! And so, out of defiance of gett
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Mahdi Lotfi
این رمان در 1947 منتشر شده است . اشتاین بک این رمان را به گوین اختصاص داده است . احتمالا اشاره به همسر دوم خود گویندولین کانگر است . ( آنها کمتر از یکسال بعد از اینکه اتوبوس سرگردان منتشر شد طلاق گرفتند ) .
Kim
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle

It's fair to say that John Steinbeck did not write the same book twice, even if he re-explored some of the same themes and used similar (and often archetypal) characters. This novel was published in 1947 and was Steinbeck's second novel since the 1938 publication of The Grapes of Wrath.* The success of that novel made a rod for Steinbeck's back, as throughout of his life (and beyond) readers and critics compared everything he wrote to it.

Well, just to get it out of the way, this is not another
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Samir Rawas Sarayji
Brilliant! Reading Steinbeck is like reading a perfect character study. The talent here is that it's a character study of 10 different characters in a novel of only 260 pages. And it's one of those rare occasions where an omniscient third person point of view coupled with an intrusive narrator in anything but annoying; in fact, Steinbeck couldn't have possibly achieved this level of complex characterisation in so little space otherwise. I came across a lot of reviews that say nothing much happen ...more
Fran
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Primo approccio con Steinbeck, romanzo corale ricchissimo di descrizioni minuziose: personaggi perfettamente delineati, ambientazioni rese fino al più piccolo dettaglio rendono il microcosmo della corriera una piacevole e divertente lettura.
إيمان   الشامخ
إيه يا شتاينبيك يا حبي في إيه؟
Кремена Михайлова
Отдавна не бях преживявала удоволствието на класическата американска литература. Дори този роман малко ме изненада. Нито беше като романите с къртовския земеделски труд („Гроздовете на гнева” или „Към един незнаен бог”), нито като онези „луди градски” романи („Улица Консервна”, „Тортила Флет”). Може би по-скоро представлява галерия от образи; ако трябва да сравнявам; в „Небесните пасбища” имаше толкова разнообразни и привидно несвързани помежду си герои.

Сякаш книгата наистина беше като изложба
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Gearóid
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book!
It's been a while since I read anything by John Steinbeck.
I had forgotten just how brilliant a writer he was.
His descriptions of his characters physically and psychologically
is just incredible.
And his descriptions of nature...just stopped me in my tracks to
admire single sentences!

Just great!
Cbj
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Steinbeck had written the screenplay for Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) which was about a bunch of survivors thrown together in a boat after their ship is attacked during the second world war. Three years later, Steinbeck published The Wayward Bus which had a similar story. The Wayward Bus is about a bunch of people thrown together - at a cafe and theirjourney together in a bus.

A businessman and his family which includes his repressed wife and a teenage daughter struggling with her sexual awa
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Federico
Uno Steinbenck diverso da "solito", quello presente nella Corriera Stravagante, pronto a toccare temi più "leggeri" rispetto a quelli presenti in altri romanzi. La storia fluisce libera e semplice una pagina dopo l'altra senza mai toccare momenti di intensa emozione ed è forse questo che mi ha portato a malincuore a dare due stelle. La prosa invece è quella tipica dell'autore in cui ritrovarsi ed immergersi fino all'ultima pagina.
jeremy
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
as steinbeck wrote the first synopsis of the wayward bus in spanish, he had originally chosen el camión vacilador as the book's title. he writes, "the word vacilador, or the verb vacilar, is not translatable unfortunately, and it's a word we really need in english because to be 'vacilando' means that you're aiming at some place, but you don't care much whether you get there. we don't have such a word in english. wayward has an overtone of illicitness or illegality, based of course on medieval lo ...more
Ben
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-lit
I don't care at all about what the bus represents.

It might shine as a dumpy emblem of the American journey to either the realization or implosion of our future plans. But the story strikes me more as the common American journey not necessarily from childhood to manhood, like the universal Buldingsroman, but rather the solitary transformation to self-realization from what to who. After all, what can these characters do with a Virgil like Juan Chicroy? The prototypical guide never wavers, never f
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Kristiina
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many people know Steinbeck for the obvious titles like "Of Mice and Men" and "The Grapes of Wrath". However it is in this story that I truly feel in love with this writer. I was instantly drawn to each character, hoping that I could magically be transformed back in time to a broken down bus and it's traveling cargo.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you haven't read much Steinbeck. This is the perfect book to get started with.
Brixton
Jun 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: masking-tape
Oct 2007: As always, a brilliant allegorist, incredibly keen on the simple and the complex, sometimes entirely perverse or wholly innocent, sometimes silly or sensible inner life of people, without ever resorting to the judgment of his characters. As always, pretty landscapes, words I've never seen before (useful ones too!), and a well-drawn portrait of a little place in that little window of time during which the old West became new. Unusual for Steinbeck: an amused narrator, which I quite like ...more
Bridgit Barger
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not my favorite of his, but still amazing (of course.)
Allan
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm rarely disappointed by Steinbeck's novels, and this, his next published work after Grapes of Wrath, was no exception.

The narrative follows a bus journey through California taken over a single day by a group of passengers including a company director and his wife and daughter, a travelling salesman, a stripper, a cantankerous old man, as well as two employees of the bus driver, Juan Chicoy. Having already been forced to spend the night in Chicoy's service station following mechanical issues w
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Liisa
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, my-read-books
The Wayward Bus is about a dozen very different people who by coincidence end up on the same old bus. It tells what happens to these people during 24 hours, how they interact with each other and most importantly, describes their personalities on a raw but clever way. I know that might not sound like a recipe for a thought provoking, engaging and genius novel, but Steinbeck can turn a boring bus ride into an exiting event by closely picturing the minds and actions of typical Americans. His knowle ...more
Ashish
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Steinbeck, another win!

I have come to the point of realisation that Steinbeck cannot write a bad book. Everytime his pen touches paper, he makes words dance and conjures up a beautiful tale.

This book is different from the others that I have read by him. In this, the characters are more colourful, the action more intense with elements of suspense, and the story much more character-driven. The entire story happens over a single day, and the author jumps jumps between the POVs of the vario
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Suzy
May 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read, but...a non-ending. (Is that a spoiler?) Steinbeck's great descriptions and characters are here. The characters are flawed but sympathetic, with the possible exception of one who is perhaps all good, but nothing really comes of that. There's no real losers or winners, just a bunch of people that go through an experience together that alters them all, at least momentarily. It is like tossing up a jar of marbles: In the end, some fall back into the jar, some land somewhere else ...more
Bookmaniac70
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Прекрасен, прекрасен Стайнбек! Той взима всеки един от героите си, нежно го поставя на дланта си и го разглежда от всички страни под микроскоп, регистрирайки недоловимите вътрешни движения- всяко трепване,всяка мисъл,всяка капчица пот, срам, похот, завист, омраза,честност, любов...Един автобус, един шофьор, шепа пътници, едно заведение в нищото.. Толкова пълнокръвни образи и как майсторски предава невидимите нишки между тях!
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Juliana
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Around midnight last night, I was torn between reading the last few chapters despite my 6 a.m. alarm that was set or saving a treat for myself in the morning. I ended up saving the book as a treat, but I had trouble falling asleep with the characters still dancing in my head.

The book starts slowly and builds as the characters are more fully drawn out. The plot of the story is simple on the outside, but infinetely complex as you look inside each character. I was glad that I had
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Susan (aka Just My Op)
Juan Chicoy and his wife, Alice, run a little lunchroom at Rebel Corners, where the sleek Greyhound bus stops. Juan also drives a patched-up old bus, nothing like a Greyhound, on a local, connecting route that the Greyhound riders need to continue their journeys. WWII is over now, and people have places to go, things to see. And they are not at all happy when the bus is delayed because of a mechanical problem and may be further delayed because of storms.

The passengers are a cross-section of huma
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Marialyce
John Steinbeck is a master when it comes to his presentation of character and setting. He had the innate ability to mix the two and produce writing that is compelling in its simplicity, but ever so enriching in its focus.

In this novel, he manages to turn a bus ride into an in depth character study of people caught in the confines of a bus together. From Juan, the man who so wants to escape, to the Pritchards so bogged down by their everyday manipulations of one another, Steinbeck creates clear
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Guy Portman
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, steinbeck
An unlikely group of characters are travelling through rural South California by bus. In his unique style Steinbeck proceeds to explore each personality in intricate detail; their inhibitions, motivations, intimate thoughts and hopes for the future.

There’s the emotional and uninhibited bus driver Juan Chicoy and his adolescent assistant, Kit, aptly nicknamed Pimples. Ernest Horton, the itinerant and sociable salesman and the conservative Mr and Mrs Pritchard and their twenty one year old daughte
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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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