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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

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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. 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 family from Oklahoma who has been displaced from their family farm through no fault of their own You see there was a big bad drought which made farming impossible In those days the family farm fed the family and what they had left over they sold But when the drought hit the only thing that would grow was cotton you can t eat cotton and that crop sucked the life right out of the soil so no other crop could grow in it for a very long time These things were lost and crops were reckoned in dollars and land was valued by principal plus interest and crops were bought and sold before they were planted Then crop failure drought and flood were no longer little deaths within life but simple losses of money And all their love was thinned with money and all their fierceness dribbled away in interest until they were no longer farmers at all but little shopkeepers of crops little manufacturers who must sell before they can make Then those farmers who were not good shopkeepers lost their land to good shopkeepers No matter how clever how loving a man might be with earth and growing things he could not survive if he were not also a good shopkeeper And as time went on the business men had the farms and the farms grew larger but there were fewer of them Some guys with a lot of cash came along and bought up all the struggling family farms and leased the land back to the former family farmers and when they couldn t produce the new Owners kicked the families out of their homes Put them on the streets children and elderly and allwho cares right Poor people are less thanFrom California came hand bills pamphlets promising jobs and urging the homeless to drag their whole lives via barely moving junk heaps to the golden state where grapes grew in bunches by the side of the road What choice did they have They drove across deserts and mountains losing loved ones along the way they answered those hand bills in droves What else could they doWhat happened when they got to California They didn t get jobs they got ridicule They were called Okies and shitheals and were looked down upon How can they live like that The people with money would ask as if being poor was a choice As if they were just lazy and all it would take to get out of poverty was to get a jobbut there were no fucking jobs The owners sent out handbills then they needed to Why Because the men begging for a job the less the owners would have to pay them Supply and demand The greedy sons a bitches wanted to pay as little as possible and that is exactly what they did The Okies did not have a union of course And the great owners who must lose their land in an upheaval the great owners with access to history with eyes to read history and to know the great fact when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away And that companion fact when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed The great owners ignored the three cries of history The land fell into fewer hands the number of the dispossessed increased and every effort of the great owners was directed at repression The money was spent for arms for gas to protect the great holdings and spies were sent to catch the murmuring of revolt so that it might be stamped out The changing economy was ignored plans for the change ignored and only means to destroy revolt were considered while the causes of revolt went on Who are the great owners today The Walton family of Walmart six of them have the same amount of money as the bottom 40% of Americans That is 124720000 people people 93 billionBILLION and they want money than could be spent in several lifetimes They don t need it all but the rest of America does Do you think the Walton s might have an interest in keeping people poor Go check out who s in that store at 3am Let s also take a look at who is running against President Obama Mittens is so rich that he doesn t even know what a doughnut is and he s fighting for the Waltons and all of the 1 % He s so rich he thinks he is entitled to the office and us people do not need to see his tax returnsthe nerve of us move on We need to sit down shut up and stop asking uestions because he being a rich bastard is an owner and we should know our place Not bloody likely Our people are good people our people are kind people Pray God some day kind people won t all be poor Pray God some day a kid can eatAnd the associations of owners knew that some day the praying would stopAnd there s the end Also posted at Shelfinflicted

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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. 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 strain on human dignity and degrade the soul making unexpected even genuine attitudes of solidarity by those who share the same destiny But hunger and very poor living conditions sow grains of desperation from which gems of gall immediately sproutIn the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy growing heavy for the vintage seems to be a statement than a warning We are human and we are destined to fight the injustice by the uprisingAnd this you can know fear the time when Manself will not suffer and die for a concept for this one uality is the foundation of Manself and this one uality is man distinctive in the universeAnd then Tom Joad one of the protagonists of the biblical exodus who is unable to tolerate the anguish that his loved ones suffer becomes the symbol and the incarnation of the human being of John Steinbeck However readers have a bitter pill to swallow at the endVote 85La Grande Depressione americana raccontata attraverso il viaggio di una delle tante famiglie di agricoltori che caddero in rovina negli anni trenta L estenuante ricerca di lavoro cibo e un tetto sotto cui dormire mette a dura prova la dignit umana abbrutisce l anima rendendo inattesa e insperata perfino la solidariet da chi condivide lo stesso destino Ma l estremo disagio e la fame seminano chicchi di disperazione dai uali germogliano subito gemme di fieleNei cuori degli umili maturano i frutti del furore e s avvicina l epoca della vendemmia pi che un monito uesto estratto lapidario rappresenta una semplice constatazione Noi siamo esseri umani e siamo destinati a combattere il sopruso con l insurrezioneSconfortante sarebbe notare che l Umanit rinuncia a soffrire e morire per un idea perch uesta la ualit fondamentale che alla base dell Umanit uesta la prerogativa che distingue l uomo dalle altre creature dell universoE allora Tom uno dei protagonisti dell esodo biblico della famiglia Joad con la sua incapacit a tollerare le angherie che subiscono i suoi cari diventa il simbolo e l incarnazione dell essere umano di John Steinbeck Tuttavia alla fine masticano amaro i lettoriVoto 85


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 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 compassion for the human condition as communicated by a book like this is simply unfathomable to those who haven't lived much life yet but after you've

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    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 family from Oklahoma who has been displaced from their family farm through no fault of their own You see there was a big bad drought whi

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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 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

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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 strain on human dignity and degrade the soul making unexpected even genuine attitudes of solidarity by those w

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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; and t

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    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 wha

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    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

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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

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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 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 o

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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