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John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

· 15 December 2007 |  by Maarten
· Published in: Boeken Maarten
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John Steinbeck, The Grapes of WrathThe Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck


Deze uitgave:
Penguin Classics, 2000
476 pagina’s, paperback
isbn: 9780141185064

Oorspronkelijke uitgave:
The Viking Press–James Lloyd, 1939

My review here

‘I’ve done my damnedest to rip a reader’s nerves to rags, I don’t want him to be satisfied.’ Shocking and controversial when it was first published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer prize-winning epic, The Grapes of Wrath, remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision; an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit.

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