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Fiction Selection: The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck

  • Jan 6, 2013 · 5:30 PM
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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression follows the western movement of one family and a nation in search of work and human dignity. Perhaps the most American of American classics.

The novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of sharecroppers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other "Okies", they sought jobs, land, dignity and a future. When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: "I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression and its effects]." The book won Steinbeck a large following among the working class, perhaps due to the book's sympathy to the workers' movement and its accessible prose style.

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  • Hillary

    It was great to meet everyone on Sunday! Looking forward to the next meeting ...

    January 11, 2013

  • June

    Wonderful discussion. Good to see new members.

    January 6, 2013

  • June

    Yes, I read Anthem, also. It was great talking "books" with you. See you next month.

    1 · January 6, 2013

  • Lisa P

    Ok I remembered the name of the Ayn Rand novel I was talking about. Anthem! Short, trippy book.

    January 6, 2013

  • Suzanne N.

    I finished the novel and was all set to attend, but I had an unexpected but really important important meeting come up that I have to attend this night. I hope you guys have a good dicussion, and I'll be there for the next one.

    January 2, 2013

  • Abi

    I am LOVING this novel, but I was gifted tickets to a show in Portland that night. I hope I can discuss it before/after other book club meetings!!

    December 30, 2012

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  • June
    Non-Fiction & Fiction, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Suzanne N.
    Sci-fi, Organizer
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