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Ss 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 euality and justice in America At once a naturalistic epic captivity narrative road novel and transcendental gospel Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classic. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy growing heavy for the vintageThis 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 States to what they believe to be the prosperous valleys of California Only once they arrive they discover that there is nothing prosperous about it not only is there a serious shortage of work mostly caused by an overabundance of labor that came with the influx of so many other migrant families but they also have to contend with growing anti migrant sentiment among the local population and wealthy landowners who think nothing of taking advantage of them in their state of vulnerability Without proper labor laws protecting worker s rights and no trade unions to represent their interests the Joads are severely underpaid for whatever work they do manage to find and they simply fall deeper and deeper into despondencyThe reason this gets my goat is cause it doesn t have to be that way Yes the Joads are uneducated and wouldn t ualify for anything than basic manual labor Yes it is the Great Depression and this is not an easy time to find a job even for skilled workers And yes they are a family of 47 and they probably look pretty ridiculous all crammed up in the back of their makeshift pickup truck But gosh darn it if only they had unions If only they had fair labor standards to guarantee them a minimum wage If only they had the protection of government legislation to prohibit wealthy landowners from colluding to keep prices high and wages lowWhich leads me to wonder what would Ayn Rand think of all this After all aren t labor unions and economic regulation precisely what she argues against By that account if Atlas Shrugged is the supposed Bible of right wing thinkers then I d have to say that The Grapes of Wrath might just be its antithesis But the real difference as far as I can tell is that while Atlas Shrugged represents a crazy woman s vision of a whack job world that could never actually exist John Steinbeck tells it like it is and how it was for so many hard working Americans who were taken advantage of under a system that did nothing to protect them And what s even remarkable is that Steinbeck s characters whom by the way Rand would refer to as moochers just thought we should be clear on that make Dagny Taggart and Henry Reardon look like a couple of pussies What is it Ma Joad says That if you re in trouble or hurt or need to go to poor people for they re the only ones that ll help This is a novel about the working poor and it should serve to remind us what can go horribly wrong in an unregulated economy उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] 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 euality and justice in America At once a naturalistic epic captivity narrative Cock Tales road novel and transcendental gospel Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classic. 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The Grapes of Wrath

The Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression a book that galvanized and sometimes outraged millions of readersFirst 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. This is another review as I go which helps me capture my thoughts of the moment before I forget them One thing that strikes me in these early pages is Steinbeck s techniue of focusing on things that are supposedly tangential to the main narrative of the Joad family but yet are central to their fate I m thinking of the descriptions of the natural world like that wonderful chapter about the turtle who eventually gets scooped up by Tom You see the world through the turtle s eyes for a moment and you see how the indifference of the characters to nature is a larger phenomenon that leads to their own ruin Steinbeck reinforces this theme later when he talks about how farmers can no longer afford to feel and relate to nature that they re basically chemists dealing in nitrogen and machine operators dealing with tractors But he says when the wonder is gone people are doomed And of course the entire book is about the doomed nature of the dust bowl and this he says is how we got there through this kind of moral breakdownThere s another similar type of moral breakdown at work in the wonderful passage about the car dealers talking about how to rip people off Here we see other forces greed capitalism deceit that also serve as a form of human self sabotageThis is what I appreciate so far that this book is ABOUT SOMETHING That Steinbeck has something to say about the human endeavor I find this element missing in so much contemporary fiction which doesn t really seem to be about much of anything at allAs it gets closer to California and the landscape changes the first ominous whisperings appear that California will not be the paradise the Joads expect Still they carry on feeling like they have no choice swept up in this tide of historyAt first the Joads encounter only the cruelty of capitalism that the large field owners want to have hundreds of thousands of poor workers to choose from because it will keep wages low Then in the government camp they finally meet with simple human kindness really the antithesis of all that Steinbeck is showing how important kindness is and how it is crushed in the capitalist machine Money becomes like an ideology a mask that shields the owners from the conseuences of their bad actions But it s also become necessary for survival No longer can small farmers work their own land They are forced into the larger economy forced to earn wages and participate in the world of money in order to survive Thus the Joads are eventually forced to leave the government camp in search of work Where They don t know Somewhere vaguely northEventually they find work picking peaches but they soon become caught up in labor unrest that spills into fatal violence and they re forced to leave I won t give away much of what follows Suffice it to say that the harrowing ordeals don t end there nor the emphasis on simple human kindness as the antidote to the capitalist machine Simple human kindness becomes by the end the mother s milk that can sustain them but only barely and uncertainly and we re left with the indelible portrait of people trying to survive unsure how it might turn outA brave fierce work that brims with the sense that it doesn t have to be this way that people have made choices to be cruel but can make choices to be kind as well That something has to change because for most people this architecture and logic of cruelty brings no relief and no joy

review The Grapes of Wrath

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 powerle. Man made environmental catastrophe and its inhuman cost a study in ineuality 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 past was wiped out by human failure greed and environmental carelessness Imagine not being welcome when you arrive with nothing but what your family vehicle can carry How can we live without our lives How will we know it s us without our past Imagine nobody caring about those thousands of us who lost their identities with their farms and livelihoods Immigrants are always also emigrants and they carry the memory of being somebody somewhere in a distant past To treat them as if they existed in a historical vacuum is as cruel as it is common and it is the recurring topic of Steinbeck s heartbreaking writingSteinbeck is one of those authors that I love unconditionally and with each reading experience I once travelled from where I lived in Texas to visit Steinbeck country in California looking for his traces in Monterey and Salinas always accompanied by his complete works from hilarious short novels to the heavy epic novels of good and evil In the end I discovered his characters in the faces I saw on the road I smelled his descriptions of nature in the humid or dry dusty air I heard his dialogues in the everyday exchanges on markets and in hot small town streets I love them all each one in my carefully kept Steinbeck collection Asked by one of my children the other day which Steinbeck had influenced me most I thought I was going to give an evasive diplomatic answer not making a statement for or against any specific story Instead I heard myself sayThe Grapes of WrathAnd the moment I said it I knew that I meant it It may not exactly be my favourite Steinbeck but definitely the one I feel uncomfortably chillingly getting under my skin immediately Just recalling the voices of the characters makes me shiver as they suffer through the ordeal of fleeing from the Dust Bowl that environmental catastrophe caused by greed and paid for by individual families to a Californian paradise which doesn t welcome newcomers The poverty the suffering the love and despair it is tangible in each sentence in each story lineFamily saga social study historical document political standpoint ethical statement on compassion and greed it is all there but invisible under the masterfully crafted story which has its own uality beyond the message on the essential needs and worries of poor common people without protective networks I don t know how to close this review as I am not done with this novel at all despite having read it several times But one uote shall stand as a warning to those who believe their wealth protects them against being humans and feeling poor for behaving poorly If he needs a million acres to make him feel rich seems to me he needs it cause he feels awful poor inside hisself and if he s poor in hisself there ain t no million acres gonna make him feel rich an maybe he s disappointed that nothin he can do ll make him feel rich


10 thoughts on “The Grapes of Wrath

  1. says:

    Whenever I revisit a classic I'm struck by how much I get out of it now than I did when I was 24 or 19 or God fo

  2. says:

    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 doIn the Grapes of Wrath Mr Steinbeck tells the tale of the first great depression through the Joad fami

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    This is another review as I go which helps me capture my thoughts of the moment before I forget them One thing that strikes

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    ENGLISH The Grapes of WrathITALIANOThe 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 s

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    “And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; an

  6. says:

    Man made environmental catastrophe and its inhuman cost a study in ineuality 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 past was wiped out by human failure greed and environmental carelessness? Imagine not being welcome when you arrive with nothing but what your f

  7. says:

    During the bleakness of the dry dust bowl days as the suffocating particles fall everywhere you can't breathe 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

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    At 17 I bought The Grapes of Wrath cracked it open and after reading a few pages declared it BOR ING Yawn I was off to the mall with my tight abs to find some jeans that would accentuate my vacuous mindThe same copy then sat on my various book shelves ever since I've never been able to sell it or give it away so finally at 42 with far loose

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    In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy growing heavy for the vintageThis book really gets my goa

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    Review contains a partial spoilerIf you read enough reviews you'll notice that most of the people who gave this book 1 or 2 stars had to read t

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