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The Grapes of Wrath is a landmark of American literature. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man's fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman's stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. Although it follows the movement of thousands o ...more
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Elizabeth Hook They shared when they had nothing, shared the last thing they possibly could, but they gave. That last piece summed up the most powerful message I…moreThey shared when they had nothing, shared the last thing they possibly could, but they gave. That last piece summed up the most powerful message I felt in the book. The one of sharing, when the I becomes the we.A persons dignity can never be robbed from them as long as they have something to give. I loved it, it took my breath away.(less)
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Malcolm Logan
Dec 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people over the age of 30
Whenever I revisit a classic I'm struck by how much more I get out of it now than I did when I was 24 or 19 or, God forbid, 15. Giving a book like the Grapes of Wrath to a 15 year old serves largely to put them off fine literature for the rest of their lives. The depth of understanding and compassion for the human condition as communicated by a book like this is simply unfathomable to those who haven't lived much life yet, but after you've gotten a healthy dose of living, it comes across like fi ...more
Stephanie
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favorites, 2012
If you are an American you need to read The Grapes of Wrath. It scares the poop out of me because, my fellow Americans, we are repeating history. If live anywhere else read it as well as a guide for what not to do.

In the Grapes of Wrath Mr. Steinbeck tells the tale of the first great depression through the Joad family from Oklahoma, who has been displaced from their family farm through no fault of their own. You see, there was a big bad drought which made farming impossible. In those days the fa
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
“…Είναι μια χώρα λεύτερη.
Ε, για δοκίμασε να κάνεις χρήση της λευτεριάς σου. Είσαι λεύτερος , σου λέει ο άλλος, μόνο σαν σου βαστά η τσέπη σου να πληρώσεις τη λευτεριά σου.”

Τα σταφύλια της οργής είναι μια μαρτυρία που παρέχουν οι ανθρώπινες αισθήσεις. Οι αισθήσεις (σύμφωνα με τον Επίκουρο) αποτελούν το βασικότερο κριτήριο της αλήθειας.
Μα η μαρτυρία του βιβλίου θαρρώ πως προηγείται και είναι ανώτερη
απο στοχασμούς και θεωρίες.

Απίστευτη δύναμη ο λόγος του Στάινμπεκ.
Συγκλονίζει και αναγκάζει τον
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Jason
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, 2012, reviewed
In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.

This book really gets my goat. Those poor, dirty Joads. So poor and so, so dirty. After being displaced from their Oklahoma farm following the Dust Bowl storms that wreck their crops and cause them to default on their loans, the Joads find themselves a family of migrants in search of work and food. They join a stream of hundreds of thousands of other migrant families across the United Stat
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Jennifer
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Review contains a partial spoiler*

If you read enough reviews, you'll notice that most of the people who gave this book 1 or 2 stars had to read the book for a high school class. Most of the 4 and 5 star ratings came from those who read it as adults. I recommend listening to those who read it as adults.

Many people hate the ending, but I thought it was great. Creepy? Yes, but there was an immense amount of beauty and generosity in that creepy little ending. At one point in the story, Ma tol' Ros
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María
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado. Ganadora del Pulitzer en 1940 (no me extraña nada) y terriblemente polémica. Con la industrialización masiva de la agricultura, sus enormes costos e inversiones, millones de agricultores quedaron en la más absoluta ruina. Un drama sobre la emigración, la miseria, la explotación humana. La eterna búsqueda de la felicidad (¿no vamos todos tras ella?) y el paraíso, el edén; en este caso California. Una tierra de la que supuestamente mana leche y miel. Pero la familia Joad, igual de ...more
Henry Avila
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During the bleakness of the dry, dust bowl days , as the suffocating particles fall everywhere ...you can't breath... in your nose, eyes, clothes, food, house, the darkness at noon, unable to see the Sun during a dust storm, the top soil flying away carried by the winds, never to return in the Depression, when people , farmers lost their homes and land to the banks, incapable to repay their loans , (no crops no money) symbolized by the Joad family of Oklahoma , in the 1930's . Seeing black and w ...more
Dolors
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with grit enough to keep the faith
Recommended to Dolors by: Bruce Springsteen
Oklahoma, 1939. Tractors invade the barren plains, ruining crops, demolishing houses, stripping farmers of their livelihood, leaving only billows of dust and ransacked land behind. Bewildered families choke with disbelief at the lame excuses of the landowners who blame a monster bigger than them. Not the severe droughts, not the iron machines, not their useless greed, but the bank, the bank forced them to do it.
And so a pilgrimage of thousands of destitute families to the promised land of Calif
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Carol
OMGOSH! Powerful and Tragic.......with an ending NEVER to be forgotten!

In THE GRAPES OF WRATH, hard times plague the Joad family from beginning to end, and chronicle the Great Depression of the 1930's. No rain, dust storms and the dreaded "monster" bank ended a much-loved and long-lived way of life forcing farmers to become migrant workers traveling from one unwelcome place to another; and No work + No money = No food, but the Joad's never give up despite being tired, beaten down, angry and sad.

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Madeline
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list
Chirst. This was a tough one to read.

I don't just mean it was depressing. It was, obviously - a book about a poor family being forced from their home during the Great Depression and having to beg for the chance to pick cotton at fifteen cents per hour can't be anything except depressing - but it wasn't the most depressing book I've ever read. That honor probably goes to The Hunchback of Notre Dame, although I guess Angela's Ashes is a close second.

This was hard to read, not because it was a por
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Diane
This novel is amazing.

The Grapes of Wrath is one of those books that for years I'd been embarrassed I hadn't read yet. I was familiar with other works by John Steinbeck, but somehow I hadn't gotten around to this classic of American literature until now.

Pardon my language, but holy shit is this book good. I was blown away by the scope of the work, how it followed not just the Joad family traveling from Oklahoma to California, but it also meditated on the problems of all the displaced families o
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Renato Magalhães Rocha
The Grapes of Wrath is a story about the pursuit of power by a few selected individuals and its domino effects on the society and the lives of thousands of people. While the story itself is set on the times of the Great Depression, back in the 1930s and 1940s, we can still trace parallels with the contemporary world we’re living in more than 60 years later. Sadly, still to this day, we can see in the news that there are people working for less than the minimal wage and under slave labor conditio ...more
فرشاد
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
برای کسانی که بدنبال لذت درک لبخند ژکوند هستند ! چیزی کهمیخوام بنویسم بیشتر از جنس احساسه تا از جنس تحلیل .. فقط بیست صفحه از کتاب روخونده بودمو تونستم باهاش ارتباط برقرار کنم .. یه شب بارونی بهار .. حوالی ساعت ده شب خوندن روشروع کردم و تا هفت صبح یکنفس خوندم .. نزدیک به ده ساعت یه حس عجیب و غریب که تووی این بیست سالی که میخونم اولین بار بود که برام اتفاق میفتاد .. چهارصد صفحهاول رو یه تیکه و پیوسته خوندم .. کتاب با هر سطرش روح خواننده روبه درد میاره ..جاهایی از داستان قلب ادم واقعا به درد میاد ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
592. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
خوشه های خشم - جان استاینبک (امیرکبیر) ادبیات
عنوان: خوشه های خشم؛ نویسنده: جان اشتاین بک؛ مترجم: شاهرخ مسکوب؛ عبدالرحیم احمدی؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، چاپ اول 1328، در 520 ص؛ چاپ چهارم، 1346، در 624 ص؛ چاپ پنجم 1351، در 658 ص؛ چاپ هفتم 1356، چاپ هشتم 1357؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 م
رمان در محکومیت بیعدالتی و روایت سفر طولانی یک خانواده ی تنگدست آمریکایی ست؛ که به امید زندگی بهتر، از ایالت اوکلاهما، به کالیفرنیا مهاجرت میکنند؛ اما اوضاع آنگونه
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Maciek
How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children?

The Grapes of Wrath won John Steinbeck both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, firmly engraving his name on the stone tablet featuring the canon of Great American Writers. Published in 1939, it is arguably Steinbeck's best known work and is still widely read today. Admirers praised Steinbeck for writing an epic tale of Biblical proportions, singing songs of th
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Luca Ambrosino
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ENGLISH (The Grapes of Wrath)/ITALIANO

The Great Depression, told through the journey of one of the many families of farmers fallen on hard times in the 1930s. The exhausting search for work, food and a roof over the head, put a strain on human dignity, and degrade the soul, making unexpected even genuine attitudes of solidarity by those who share the same destiny. But hunger and very poor living conditions sow grains of desperation, from which gems of gall immediately sprout.
"In the souls of the
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helen the bookowl
This book was incredibly scary; especially because it was so realistic. John Steinbeck has a way of depicting society and people in a raw and honest way that leaves you with a hollow feeling inside, and yet you devour his books because they are so amazing.
In "The Grapes of Wrath" we meet Tom, who has just been released from prison on probation, as well as his family who's about to move to the West because banks and tractors have evicted them from their own home and land. It's USA in the middle
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Nandakishore Varma

NEW DELHI: There has been an upward trend in cases of farmer suicides in Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Punjab recently, besides reporting of instances in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, says an Intelligence Bureau note submitted to the Modi government late last week.

The December 19 report, marked to national security adviser Ajit Kumar Doval, principal secretary to the Prime Minister Nripendra Mishra, and agriculture ministry, among others, has blamed rising farmer suicides on err
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James
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-fiction
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3 out of 5 stars to The Grapes of Wrath, written in 1939 by John Steinbeck. I might have an unpopular opinion when it comes to this book, as it was fine but nothing fantastic for me. I admit, I read this in middle school, nearly 25 years ago, and never went back to read it again. I tend not to like books about awful things as the main plot. I don't mind when bad things happen, or circumstances change, but when the entire book is about the pain and suffering of a family, it doesn't
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Jeff
“Now Tom said, "Mom, wherever there's a cop beating a guy
Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
Where there's a fight against the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me, Mom, I'll be there

Wherever somebody's fighting for a place to stand
Or a decent job or a helping hand
Wherever somebody's struggling to be free
Look in their eyes, Ma, and you'll see me"

And the highway is alive tonight
nobody's foolin' nobody as to where it goes
I'm sittin' down here in the campfire light
With the Ghost of Tom Joad”


from
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Ahmed
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

أنا اقتنيت الرواية دي منذ أكثر من 4 سنوات , و حتى مش فاكر كلفتني كام , لكن أنا فاكر إنها كانت ميزانية بالنسبة لي وقتها , ولا أعرف ما سبب إحجامي عن قراءتها كل هذا الوقت , قد يكون لضخامتها , ولكني أعتقد أن السبب الرئيس في ذلك هو أنني لست من عشاق الأدب الأمريكي ولا مريديه إلى فترة قصيرة مضت , وفي النهاية كان من حسن حظي عدم قراءتها , لأني وجدت فيها متعة عظيمة في وقت عصيب .

بكل ما تحمله الكلمة من معنى , نحن أمام عمل عظيم , متقن للغاية , بديع السرد , مبهر التفاصيل , عمل واقعي بامتياز , ليس فقط واقعي ال
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Kim
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The Pulitzer Prize winning novel of 1940, this is the story of the Joad family, Oklahoma tenant farmers displaced from their land by the combined effects of ecological disaster, rampant capitalism and the Great Depression. The narrative follows the family as they travel from Oklahoma to California in search of work, along with hundreds of thousands of others in the same situation. Woven into the story of the Joads are chapters dealing with issues such as the attitude of Californians to the influ
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Rae Meadows
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had read The Grapes of Wrath before, and I purposefully didn't re-read it while writing a novel set in the same period for fear I would somehow be influenced by it or be so intimidated I'd be paralyzed. So with my own book behind me I finally had the pleasure of reading The Grapes of Wrath again. Does it hold up? It does, though it's not perfect. The story of the Joads is fantastic, and Ma Joad is a rich and surprising character. Steinbeck's prose is deft and evocative, and those famous bits l ...more
Mary
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absorbing and maddening and depressing. Incredible that a book with so much anti-migrant sentiment against fellow Americans is timely in a way Steinbeck didn’t intend for 2017, I’m sure.

There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation. There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize. There is a failure here that topples all our success.
Gautam
Men squatted in their dooryards in a meditative trance, scrawling on the ground the reflections of their befuddling thoughts. The dust sifted up by the sweltering wind sought refuge on their dingy shoulders and hair. Women stood at the door, casting a tentative glance at their men with their bewildered eyes. Children stood docilely beside their Ma, showing restrained obedience: they knew when to play and when not to; their instinct prodded them to respect the silence pervading the air.

An air of
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Gary
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isn't THE GRAPES OF WRATH just wonderful!!!!???? You've not read it??? Shit!!!! You don't know what you're missing!!!!!!!! If you've read it, then you will know exactly what I am talking about.

I have lived on, or close to old route 66 for over 20 years of my life. I love the history of THE MOTHER ROAD. However, believe it or not, it was only in the past few years that I finally read this book! I had read other Steinbeck,and loved it,and for some reason, after owning a copy of the book since the
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Kinga
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: random
Dear John,
There is no doubt in my mind that you are an excellent writer. And I am sure you know this. There is the Pulitzer and there is the Nobel. There are hundreds of editions worldwide and swarms of five star reviews.

“The Grapes of Wrath” is a book of great weight (literally and metaphorically). It’s epic and as timeless as the history which repeats itself with a stubborn regularity. There have always been changes and there have always been people left behind, people who found themselves ou
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Χαρά Ζ.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so sorry, i totally forgot to write the review for this book. I read a greek translation of this, published in 1982. Just a note in greek about the translation because it was indeed, a great one, probably one of the best i have ever read.
Τι μεταφρασάρα ήταν αυτή; Εκδόσεις γράμματα είναι παιδιά. Επίσης παρατήρησα ότι η μορφή των βιβλίων στις συγκεκριμένες εκδόσεις είναι ίδιες με τις σημερινές, στενόμακρα βιβλία, πολύ χαρακτηριστικές μορφές <3
What a GREAT BOOK. Just great. Yes it is real
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Natalie Vellacott
Sep 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This was a library book. I didn't get on with it at all despite trying to read it twice. I gave up about a third of the way through in the end.

It is about the life of one American family during the Great Depression. There is some beautiful creative writing in places but the story itself is so very slow. It just didn't hold my interest due to the lengthy dialogue between the characters who were talking about nothing in particular. It was like being a fly on the wall at a really dull tea party wh
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Ellie
It took me years to get to it and then I found the opening slow and almost gave up. But I'm so glad I kept on. Once I got going, I couldn't quit reading.

The Grapes of Wrath is a classic for a reason. The writing is careful and beautiful. The story of the Joad family, persevering in the face of unremitting hardship, is extremely moving. Tom Joad is a hero for all time. And the social critiques seems as valid today as they were in the heart of the Depression.

Forced off their land by the banks and
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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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