In the din and stink that is Cannery Row a colourful blend of misfits - gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists - survive side by side in a jumble of adventure and mischief. Lee Chong, the astute owner of the well-stocked grocery store, is also the proprietor of the Palace Flophouse that Mack and his troupe of good-natured 'boys' call home. Dora runs the brothel with...more
Just as Mack and the boys at the FlopHouse moved in, arranged it to their tastes, they wait for whatever life drops into their midst. the same can be said for the other residents of the neighborhood (Mr. and Mrs. Mallory living in their boilers; Doc Ricketts in his "lab" and others). They seem to settle in and live from day to day without expending any effort on upgrading their lives.
Eventually the gopher moves on to a better address. The Cannery Row occupants seem content to leave things alone.(less)
Doc is one of those fictional characters that ...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
As there are countless wonderful real reviews of this classic already, but I feel I have to add my ...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 ...more
The frog pool was square—fifty feet wide and seventy feet long and four feet deep. Lush soft grass grew about its edge and a little ditch brought the water from the river to it and from it little ditches went out to the orchards. There were frogs there all right, thousands of them. Their voices beat the night, they boomed and barked and croaked and rattled. They sang to the stars, to the waning moon, to the waving grasses. They bellowed love songs and challenges.
Cannery Row is a novel by American author John Steinbeck, published in 1945. It is set during the Great Depression in Monterey, California, on a street lined with sardine canneries that is known as Cannery Row. The story revolves around the people living there: Lee Chong, the local grocer; Doc, a marine biologist; and Mack, the leader of a group of derelicts.
Cannery Row has a simple premise: Mack and his friends are trying to do something nice for ...more
I really liked the setting of the novel. Published in 1945 it is set during the Great Depression in Monterey California on a street lined with Sardine Canneries known ...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 ...more
It won no Pulitzer Prize. It does not figure into the reason John Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for literature. Yet, I love this book. Cannery Row evokes a place that no longer exists, covering a period roughly that of the Great Depression in Monterey, California.
Steinbeck drew on his friendship with Ed Ricketts, a marine biologist , as his central character "Doc" for his novel. They had been friends since the early 1930s. Ricketts taught Steinbeck marine ...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 ...more
“It is a time of great peace, a deserted time, a little era of rest. Cats drip over the fences and slither like syrup over the ground to look for fish heads. Silent early morning dogs parade majestically picking and choosing judiciously whereon to pee.”
Cannery Row, where the smelly, noisy business of canning fish takes place and where people settle in ramshackle, makeshift structures to live their lives amongst their fellows. The men and women, Mack and the boys, Dora and the girls, Doc, Lee ...more
This audiobook was great!
I really enjoyed this little book about a town full of misfits. I loved Hazel, Mack (and the boys, of course), and the myriad of kooky characters. I often found myself laughing as I listened, which I wasn't expecting...? For example, Steinbeck often shows little vignettes and small moments in these people's lives, which frequently included ...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 ...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 ...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 ...more
Steinbeck is The Man.
At first I was reminded of Winesburg, Ohio in that its focus is on ...more
I haven't read John Steinbeck since high school when I read Of Mice and Men. I am sorely disappointed in myself for not reading his other novels sooner. Cannery Row is dripping in wit and wisdom; you'll be laughing one moment and then seriously pondering a certain passage the next. Lighthearted and then gritty, warm and then dark, it's a portrait of a certain kind of post ...more
I get much of the same feelings reading Steinbeck, and especially in this work. The complex interrelations ...more
They say that every place, be it a town or a city, however small or big, has a distinct aura. A soul of some sort. And it's the people that live there that give shape to this soul and define its quality. To me Cannery Row, California was like the reflection of a part of me. ...more
The book has made an indelible impression in my mind as he, Steinbeck, had built a mansion of beauty and intelligence out of nothing, like a magician. As Steinbeck says, "the stories crawl in themselves as you open the book".
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In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley ...more