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Der zehnjährige Jody wächst eng mit der Natur verbunden auf einer Farm im kalifornischen Salinas Valley auf. Seine Welt bekommt erste Risse, als sein geliebter Ponyhengst schwer krank wird. Einfühlsam schildert Steinbeck in der berühmten Titelgeschichte die Erschütterungen einer kindlichen Seele, der schmerzliche Verlust des Urvertrauens in die Mitmenschen. Auch die anderen Erzählungen beschreiben mit großer Intensität Grunderlebnisse des Menschen wie Schmerz, Freude, Liebe, Tod - Da findet ein Rancher bei der Heimkehr seine 'musterhafte' Ehefrau in den Armen eines anderen, und eine Mutter verliert ihren Sohn, kaum daß er die Schwelle zum Erwachsensein überschritten hat. Steinbeck erzählt unsentimental, mit sparsamen Mitteln, aber enormer Bildhaftigkeit und bringt dabei seine Verbundenheit mit seiner kalifornischen Heimat und ihren Menschen zum Ausdruck. Mit der Beschreibung der Bewohner Kaliforniens weckt er im Leser eine tiefe Sehnsucht nach dem einfachen Leben, nach der Natur und na ch der Freundschaft einfacher, ehrlicher Menschen. So gehören diese Geschichten zum Besten, was Steinbeck je geschrieben hat.
A novel that fearlessly explores the line between principled defiance and blind fanaticism, John Steinbeck's In Dubious Battle contains an introduction and notes by Warren French in Penguin Modern Classics. 'This book is brutal. I wanted to be merely a recording consciousness,' Steinbeck said of In Dubious Battle, which aroused immense controversy when first published in 1936. It follows the fortunes of Jim Nolan, disenfranchised and alone, his family destroyed by the system. Desperate to find his place in the world, Jim joins the Communist Party and becomes entangled in a strike of migrant workers which spirals out of control, unflinchingly detailing the apocalyptic violence that breaks out when the masses become the mob. This fast-paced, compelling novel is at once a brilliant observation of social and political turmoil and a moving story of a young man's struggle for identity. In Dubious Battle explores and dramatises many of the ideas and themes key to Steinbeck's writing. If you enjoyed In Dubious Battle, you might also like Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Sweeps along with the torrential impetus of a great natural fire, impelled by a poetic energy' Guardian 'Dramatically intense, beautifully written. It is the real thing; it has a vigour of sheer storytelling that may sweep away many prejudices' New Republic
In this compelling biography of a book, Susan Shillinglaw delves into John Steinbeck's classic to explore the cultural, social, political, scientific, and creative impact of The Grapes of Wrath upon first publication, as well as its enduring legacy. First published in April 1939, Steinbeck's National Book Award-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. The story of their struggle remains eerily relevant in today's America and stands as a portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, "in the souls of the people."

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