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Riassunto: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Depicts the hardships and suffering endured by the Joads as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression.
Recensione: When The Grapes of Wrath was published in 1939, America, still recovering from the Great Depression, came face to face with itself in a startling, lyrical way. John Steinbeck gathered the country's recent shames and devastations--the Hoovervilles, the desperate, dirty children, the dissolution of kin, the oppressive labor conditions--in the Joad family. Then he set them down on a westward-running road, local dialect and all, for the world to acknowledge. For this marvel of observation and perception, he won the Pulitzer in 1940.
The prize must have come, at least in part, because alongside the poverty and dispossession, Steinbeck chronicled the Joads' refusal, even inability, to let go of their faltering but unmistakable hold on human dignity. Witnessing their degeneration from Oklahoma farmers to a diminished band of migrant workers is nothing short of crushing. The Joads lose family members to death and cowardice as they go, and are challenged by everything from weather to the authorities to the California locals themselves. As Tom Joad puts it: "They're a-workin' away at our spirits. They're a tryin' to make us cringe an' crawl like a whipped bitch. They tryin' to break us. Why, Jesus Christ, Ma, they comes a time when the on'y way a fella can keep his decency is by takin' a sock at a cop. They're workin' on our decency."
The point, though, is that decency remains intact, if somewhat battle-scarred, and this, as much as the depression and the plight of the "Okies," is a part of American history. When the California of their dreams proves to be less than edenic, Ma tells Tom: "You got to have patience. Why, Tom--us people will go on livin' when all them people is gone. Why, Tom, we're the people that live. They ain't gonna wipe us out. Why, we're the people--we go on." It's almost as if she's talking about the very novel she inhabits, for Steinbeck's characters, more than most literary creations, do go on. They continue, now as much as ever, to illuminate and humanize an era for generations of readers who, thankfully, have no experiential point of reference for understanding the depression. The book's final, haunting image of Rose of Sharon--Rosasharn, as they call her--the eldest Joad daughter, forcing the milk intended for her stillborn baby onto a starving stranger, is a lesson on the grandest scale. "'You got to,'" she says, simply. And so do we all. --Melanie Rehak
Titolo: The Grapes of Wrath [A Viking Compass Book]
Casa editrice: Viking/Compass
Data di pubblicazione: 1958
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Viking/Compass, 1958. Condizione libro: Fair. N/A. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP12956329
Descrizione libro Viking/Compass. Paperback. Condizione libro: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Codice libro della libreria 2630118676
Descrizione libro Viking/Compass, 1958. Condizione libro: Good. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP10648732
Descrizione libro Viking/Compass. Paperback. Condizione libro: Fair. Codice libro della libreria G0670000337I5N00
Descrizione libro Viking/Compass. Paperback. Condizione libro: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Codice libro della libreria G0670000337I5N10
Descrizione libro Viking/Compass. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Codice libro della libreria G0670000337I3N00
Descrizione libro Viking/Compass. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. Codice libro della libreria G0670000337I3N00
Descrizione libro Viking/Compass. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Codice libro della libreria G0670000337I3N00
Descrizione libro Viking/Compass. Condizione libro: Fair. Acceptable condition. Slightly dampstained. Codice libro della libreria V01E-01352
Descrizione libro Viking/Compass. Condizione libro: Fair. Acceptable condition. Writing inside. Highlighting inside. Reading copy only. Codice libro della libreria N01H-00281