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The Pastures of Heaven

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Each of these delightful interconnected tales is devoted to a family living in a fertile valley on the outskirts of Monterey, California, and the effects that one particular family has on them all. Steinbeck tackles two important literary traditions here; American naturalism, with its focus on the conflict between natural instincts and the demand to conform to society's no ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Penguin (first published 1932)
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Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: There is no such thing as paradise
Shelves: read-in-2016
If there is something that will remain embedded in my mind about this collection of short stories is that there is no such thing as an earthly paradise but rather a barren land brought to life by the joys and miseries of its inhabitants.
In his second book, Steinbeck manages to demystify the natural resources of the physical place in favor of the characters that populate it with all their prejudices and superstitions, generosity and disinterested fellowship, idealized aspirations and humble drea
☘Misericordia☘  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈   ❂❤❣
All sorts of mental sickness and disbalance and social maladaptation are represented here. Even though it's a classic it's not my cup of tea. Mothers killing their daughters, neurotics of all sexes, child problems, even a father hoarding his daughter's virginity, gosh! This is not the sort of things one looks for in books.
Beautiful language, even though I didn't think highly of the subject in many cases.
He had been pleased with the funeral. (c) I wasn't pleased with this book.
Shark had ne
Cathrine ☯️
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Steinbeck is the man. Well, one of them anyway. It is always a pleasure spending time with his prose and this was no exception.
“Katherine was not pretty, but she had the firm freshness of a new weed, and the bridling vigor of a young mare.”

“Alice grew and became more and more beautiful. Her skin was as lucent and rich as poppies; her black hair had the soft crispness of fern stems, her eyes were misty skies of promise.”

I read that the third Mrs. Steinbeck typed his manuscripts and I can’t help
Joe Valdez
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-general
While Cup of Gold was John Steinbeck's first novel, and he spent five years working on To A God Unknown before putting it aside, The Pastures of Heaven, published in 1932, was the world's introduction to Steinbeck, whose social insight and intellectual depth are woven into stories about the struggle for survival in and around Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas. This novel consists of ten tales set in a thinly veiled version of Corral de Tierra, a valley in the hills twelve miles from Monterey, whic ...more
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Where John Steinbeck is concerned, I'm an unapologetic fan. Having only made his acquaintance relatively recently after a visit to Monterey prompted me to read Cannery Row, I've fallen in love with his clean prose and striking use of imagery, his powerful evocation of place, his ability to turn ordinary people into memorable characters and the deep humanity which is at the heart of his writing.

This was the second of Steinbeck's works to be published. It's a short story cycle in which each of th
الجميل ... صاحب الأسلوب السلس جون شتاينبك وكتاب آخر رائع وقراءةأخرى ممتعة من بعد أن تعرفت عليه من خلال روايته شتاء الأحزان

قليلة هي الكتب التي تترك في النفس بصمة وقليلة هي الكتب التي ترفض أن تتركها من يدك وتنشغل عنها وهذا الكتاب منها بكل تأكيد

أعترض على تسمية هذا الكتاب رواية كما اعترضت من قبل على تسميةصح النوم ليحيى حقي رواية

ففي العملين كان هناك المكان والزمان وقصصا قصيرة تخص هؤلاء المتواجدين في ذلك المكان والزمان، وعلى عكس صح النوم التي توحدت خيوطها في آخر الكتاب مما اعطاها حق التسمية فإن مراعي
فهد الفهد
مراعي الفردوس

هذا هو الكتاب الثالث الذي أقرؤه لجون شتاينبك، رغم أن قراءتي له بدأت مبكرة جدا ً، قبل سنوات بعيدة تكاد تقترب من العشرين، عندما حصلت على روايته القصيرة (اللؤلؤة)، والتي فتنتني ببساطتها وجمالها، ورغم أني حصلت على عدد من كتبه في السنوات الأخيرة، إلى أني لم اقرأ منها سوى (الفئران والرجال)، وهذا الكتاب (مراعي الفردوس).

نشر هذا الكتاب سنة 1932 م، لم يكن شتاينبك قد حاز شهرته بعد، له عمل وحيد نشر قبل هذا بثلاث سنوات، وهو رواية تاريخية اسمها (كأس من ذهب)، كان في الثلاثين من عمره، بعد سنوات س
Amira Mahmoud
مراعي الفردوس
هي أول تجاربي مع جون شتاينبك
هي أقرب للمتوالية القصصية منها إلى رواية
هي مجموعة قصص لأبطال وشخوص يعيشون في مراعي الفردوس كلّ منهم له قصته الخاصة ، التي قد تتلاقى مع شخص آخر من ساكني الفردوس
القصص يغلب عليها الطابع ، الحزين المأساوي
غريب الأطوار أحياناً ، والمفزع أحياناً أخرى
وهو ما لا يتناسب مع أحلامهم وأفكارهم تجاه هذا المكان ، الذي استمدوا تلك النظرة الحالمة له من اسمه
ليكتشفوا أنها هي نفسها الأرض ، لا تختلف في مسمياتها
ولكن تبقى الأرض التي تحتفظ في داخلها بما حدث ومرّ عليها عبر الزمان
Oct 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I feel that Steinbeck’s short stories are overlooked because they’re simple without being simplistic and they plod along at a pace that can feel like watching crops grow. The Pastures of Heaven was written before he became a star and you can trace the outlines of what was to come.

The setting is a valley that a Spanish Corporal finds while chasing runaway Indian slaves. He’s so taken by what he sees that he christens the valley “Las Pasturas del Cielo” or "The Pastures of Heaven."

From the limited
"It was a week before the soldiery found [escaped Indians], but they were discovered at last practicing abominations in the bottom of a ferny canyon in which a stream flowed; that is, the twenty heretics were fast asleep in attitudes of abandon.

The outraged military seized them and in spite of their howlings attached them to a long slender chain. Then the column turned about and headed for Carmel again to give the poor neophytes a chance at repentance in the clay pits." - chapter I.

"When it was
هــالــه بــاقــر

خلف التلال في ولاية كاليفورنيا يوجد وادي كقطعة من الجنان منسية هناك سميت مراعي الفردوس قاطنيها مزارعون بسطاء أو أغنياء من المدن قدموا اليها بحثاً عن الراحة والعزلة هناك وسط الطبيعة تحت الشمس الدافئة يقدم جون شتاينبك واحدة من اوائل نتاجاته متتبعاً حياة عدة أجيال في نفس البيئة بخامة قصص منفصلة لا يربطها سوى تواجد ابطالها كلها في الوادي المنشود وسوء طالعهم للأسف

شتاينبك وبذكاء سنمائي عهدته فيه من القرأة الأولى يطرح القصة بوجهات نظر متعددة ففي النظرة الأولى قد يبدوا لك أن القصص كلها تدور حول مزرعة م
Chris Dietzel
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although this book isn't nearly as popular as Steinbeck's classics, it does possess the same great literary voice that made the author so popular. I loved the weaving of inter-related short stories and all the odd characters that appeared throughout. This book is further proof that just about anything Steinbeck wrote is worth reading.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grazie a questo romanzo ho scoperto Steinbeck. Ed è stato un avvenimento molto importante nella mia vita.
Chris Blocker
In 1919, Sherwood Anderson published a collection of short stories centering around a town. The book was called Winesburg, Ohio. It remained popular into the 1930s. Around this time, a young journalist named Elizabeth Ingels developed an idea of interconnected stories similar to Anderson's work, but based in California. She mentioned the idea to a young writer named John Steinbeck. At the time, Steinbeck was struggling with his first novel (the later published To a God Unknown) and had managed t ...more
Pavlina Radoslavova
Цялото ревю в "Аз чета"

Стайнбек не е писател, той е художник, на места, на хора, на съдби.

Художник е на това, което е скрито за очите, но не и за душата. Той рисува неказаното, непомисленото, всичко онова отвъд Рая, което единствено можем да доловим с красивите словосъчетания и приятното душевно гъделичкане на неговите творби.

„Небесните пасбища“ е типичната картина на човешкия жанр на Стайнбек. Книга, сбор на разнообразни малки – скрити, неизказани, неразкрити персонални истории. Лични разкази з
Martin Hernandez
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Esta serie de cuentos interconectados podría ser la obra maestra de cualquier otro escritor, pero dentro del canon de John STEINBECK apenas queda como una obra menor. Con recursos muy simples (que no simplistas) el ganador del Nobel describe magistralmente el conflicto entre la naturaleza y la sociedad.
Además de la ubicación geográfica ("Las Pasturas del Cielo", un valle de ensueño en el estado de California), la unidad de estas narraciones se establece por la aparición recurrente de Bert MU
4.5 stars.
I always love reading Steinbeck.

This is a short novel about the different inhabitants of a southern Californian rural community called the Pasture of Heaven.

My copy of this short book is yellowed from age; it was printed in 1986 and I bought it second hand from some used bookstore a long time ago for $2.99. It was in dearly used shape when I purchased it and then it has sat in my house and moved with me to numerous locations over the years and been exposed to smoke and dirt and now is
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذا الكتاب هو أول كتاب قرأته لجون شتاينبك و هو مجموعة قصص تدور فى وادى يسمى مراعى الفردوس والذى أكتشفه و أعطاه أسمه جاويش أسبانى منذ أكثر من 150 سنة وتمنى أن يكمل حياته فيه و لكن بدلا من ذلك أنهى حياته مغموسا فى السماد يعالج من مرض الزهرى
أبطال الرواية أناس عاديين جدا , ليس فيهم مميزات بل فيهم عيوب و نقائص الناس بشكل عام, حياتهم عادية لكن تفاعلهم مع بعضهم البعض , ظروفهم الخاصة و أقدارهم , نقاط ضعفهم أنحرافاتهم تشكل مصادر الألم و الشقاء و عدم الرضا لهم و لغيرهم
الكاتب قليل جدا فى استخدام الحوار ال
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C'est un bon recit de la vie quotidienne des habitants de village les pâturages du ciel.Le grand écrivain john steinbeck décrit ces familles de fermiers avec passion , tendresse et humour.Des personnages divers ressemble à le paysage magnifique.J'apprécie beaucoup le style de l'écriture.C'est beau, c'est émouvant, c'est drôle chaque famille a le droit a son lot de soucis.
1 Vous n'êtes qu une création de mon esprit .personne n'a plus d'ordres à me donner .si
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of stories about morons. What i mean by that, is that everyone is engagingly simple, "good country people," and their amusement and fear is what makes this story tick. They are all good farmers, moral people without having the dredge of scripted morality, and finally adept to the understandings of both the simplicity of their environment as well as each other's characters. Simplicity drives them, and degardes all progression, for the better. Hence, the maybe unfair moniker o ...more
Jun 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My journey through the lesser works of John Steinbeck yields another minor gem!

Another reviewer refers to The Pastures of Heaven as Steinbeck's first book, and although that's not true, it might as well be - Cup of Gold, his actual first book, is a steaming pile, for sure.

Anyway, this one is a whole lot better than Cup of Gold. Steinbeck wasn't suited for pirate stories, and The Pastures of Heaven finds my longtime-favorite American novelist in much more comfortable territory, namely California,
Shaimaa Ali
Dec 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
I read an Arabic Translation to it & didn't enjoy it that much! While each chapter was considered an individual short story. the "Pastures of Heaven" is considered only a background to all those individual stories.. with rare interaction of characters in other chapters..
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ظنتته في البداية رواية كاملة وليس مجموعة من القصص القصيرة.
لغته بسيطة وسلسة ويصلح للقراءة المتقطعة أثناء الانتظار مثلاً.
The Pastures of Heaven is the first of Steinbeck's California works, set in the farm country near his hometown of Salinas. Published in 1932, this work precedes his popularity and financial success, but introduces the reader to Steinbeck's style and the genesis of the themes that he explores in later, better-known novels. In this collection of short stories, we meet a community of families living in a beautiful verdant valley full of promise, finding that life can be rather ugly, and their own i ...more
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
In his early California novels, Steinbeck focused on the land he loved and the people who lived there. The Pastures of Heaven (which is based on a real valley and whose characters have roots in real people) is one of those novels and uses the same format he employed in Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row a collection of stories around an organizing theme. One of his earliest books, The Pastures of Heaven, focuses on the people who work the land and live in its town. The stories are fairly independent; ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
“He did not often think of people as individuals, but rather as antidotes for the poison of his loneliness, as escapes from the imprisoned ghosts.”

John Steinbeck made his way in my 'to-read' list when I discovered Meg&Dia's song 'Monster', that is supposed to have been written after 'East of Eden'. That time, I wasn't aware of the impact that this author will have on me.
No matter what book I read written by him, he changes something in me. He makes me hate every material and finite thing,
Мис Марпъл
Las pasturas del cielo

"Небесните пасбища" е произведение, което беше неизвестно за мен доскоро. Става въпрос за втората книга на Стайнбек, издадена през 1932 година, след романа "Златната чаша". Всъщност, оказа се по-различна от първоначалните ми очаквания. Тя не е цялостен роман, макар да е налице кохерентна структура в представените дванайсет истории, които са взаимосвързани около общо идейно ядро - Небесните пасбища. И в буквален, и в преносен смисъл. От една страна, Небесните пасбища имат
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I am an unapologetic, hopeless Steinbeck addict. I cannot recall him ever writing a bad word and have found enrichment in the more than 20 books of his I have digested.
This short novel spins a series of interesting stories set against the Salinas/Monterey/Carmel locale where so many of Steinbeck's major works are set. He offers up the history of a unique valley from its initial settlement through succeeding generations, protraying ironies, tragedies and triumphs. Better than just abo
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, americana
"L'uomo non vuol soltanto vivere e riprodursi. Egli vuole anche lasciare un ricordo di sé, una prova, forse, che è realmente esistito. E lascia la sua prova sul legno, sulla pietra o, addirittura, sulla vita degli altri. Questo desiderio profondo c'è in tutti noi, dal ragazzo che scrive parole oscene sui muri al Budda che incide la propria immagine nella mente dei popoli. La vita è così irreale che noi non siamo mai sicuri di esistere..."
Ed è questo che Steinbeck fa in questo libro: permette a o
Jan Summers
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Steinbeck painted vivid pictures of the inhabitants of Las Pasturas del Cielo. His narrative draws you in immediately. Each of the short stories had its own poignant irony. My favorite story was the one about The Whiteside Family.
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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.

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