The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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Read The Grapes of Wrath Online Free - First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.

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 the very nature of equality and justice in America.

Sensitive to fascist and communist criticism, Steinbeck insisted that "The Battle Hymn of the Republic” be printed in its entirety in the first edition of the book—which takes its title from the first verse: He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.” As Don DeLillo has claimed, Steinbeck shaped a geography of conscience” with this novel where there is something at stake in every sentence.” Beyond that—for emotional urgency, evocative power, sustained impact, prophetic reach, and continued controversy—The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics.



Title : The Grapes of Wrath
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ISBN : 067001690X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 496 pages


Reviews


Malcolm rated it ★★★★☆

December 03, 2013

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 compas...


Stephanie rated it ★★★★★

May 17, 2013

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 t...


Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος rated it ★★★★★

July 05, 2017

“…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) αποτελο...


Jason rated it ★★★★☆

February 26, 2012

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 ca...


Jennifer rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2008

*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...


Lisa rated it ★★★★★

September 20, 2017

Man-made environmental catastrophe and its (in)human cost - a study in inequality and injustice! Imagine having to leave your country because it is a wasteland created by a decade of dust storms? Imagine having nowhere to go, but still crossing the desert in hope of finding a future after your pas...


María rated it ★★★★★

October 09, 2016

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 h...


Henry rated it ★★★★☆

April 03, 2017

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 De...


Dolors rated it ★★★★★

October 22, 2017

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....


Carol rated it ★★★★★

May 26, 2016

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 li...





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