- Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (28 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780141394886
- ISBN-13: 978-0141394886
- ASIN: 0141394889
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.9 x 18.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grapes Of Wrath, The Paperback – 28 May 2014
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About the Author
Among his most renowned works are Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940.
In 1926 Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as a mark of his outstanding contribution to literature, his unquestionable popularity and his versatility. In his speech accepting the Nobel Prize, Steinbeck gave his view of authorship- 'The ancient omission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing our may grevious faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement. Furthermore, the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit for gallantry in defeat - for courage, compassion and love.'
John Steinbeck died on 20th December 1968.
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Grapes has so many useless, naive, meaningless passages, mostly dialogue, I wondered if the publishers gave Steinbeck a minimum page requirement. And did people in the US really speak that way, ever? If they did, critics need to rate novels according to their appeal to contemporary readers. Even if novels like Grapes and A Farewell to Arms (which I disliked even more) were masterpieces in their day (I can't imagine they ever were), I want to know what's a good read for me and my contemporaries, regardless of when it was written. That doesn't mean that I think all old novels are over-rated; clearly they're not. But a number that often appear in the top 20 of all time, are.