The Grapes of Wrath

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized-and sometimes outraged-millions of readers. Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

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 into the very nature of equality 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 Classics.


To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth. The plows crossed and recrossed the rivulet marks. The last rains lifte...

About the Author:

John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about 25 miles from the Pacific Coast. Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919…

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Loved It
wonderful , human resilience and hardship

There are parts of this book that have stuck with me even though I read it many years ago. This is not a feel-good story; in fact, you can experience a deep sense of hopelessness while reading it.

11/19/2022 7:05:29 PM
Liked It
a literary masterpiece

It turned out to be a very enjoyable book. When I first heard about the book's premise, I assumed it would be a dull read. Hard labor, honesty, and decency were all emphasized as the Joads struggled to provide for their families.

11/19/2022 8:06:54 AM
Loved It
timeless masterpiece , The great american novel

Indisputable status as a timeless masterpiece. A fascinating and emotionally affecting look at the strength and perseverance of the human spirit. Read it!

11/22/2022 9:49:33 AM
Loved It
an american classic

A top tier read. This book got me started on the classics, and I've never looked back.As book endings go, this is one of the greatest I've ever read

11/22/2022 3:56:16 AM
dust bowl-era america, a beautiful novel

The finest book ever. Heartbreaking but totally incredible!

11/19/2022 10:47:07 PM
Loved It
tragic and melancholy tale

I shed more than a few tears. While there are definitely some exaggerations, I highly recommend reading Grapes of Wrath.

11/18/2022 5:51:19 PM
a literary masterpiece

An eerie and atmospheric look at America during the Dust Bowl, with well-developed characters and an exciting plot. The definition of a timeless work.

11/18/2022 6:22:30 AM

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