The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

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The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

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  • Jose Daniels
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Grapes of Wrath is a really great novel that does tell a bit about geography. It's about a family who are considered Okies, meaning from the Oklahoma area. They moved westward to California after the Dust Bowl left their farms in ruins. "
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  • Anna Green
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "There is a reason why this book is a classic! It is amazing."
  • Saúl Castro
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The grapes of wrath is one of those books I had always heard about being a great classic. I just don't like reading about such depressing topics like the great depression or about families trying to survive."
  • Carolyn Jenkins
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Grapes of Wrath was very boring and hard to follow. Would never read again and I do not recommend to anyone. May be more suitable for an older person but not someone my age. "
  • Juan Santos
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "My friend at my local book club suggested i pick this book up. Im so glad i did. Ive always been facsinated by heading west. We use to take route 66 as children on family vacation. This is quite a bit different then those trips we took but it was incredinly engaging tale that was beautifully written. I highly suggest you give this book a read."
  • Samuel Soto
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Such a timeless novel! So good that we read it and teach it in our schools, well that is appropriate since this is one of my favorites. Takes place during the Dust Bowl era of the Great Depression, a truly magnificent look at how life was back then, and how people coped with hardships and adversity. "
    Joseph Collins
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The best book by Nobel Prize-winning author is The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. It is a story set during the Great Depression and is centered around the Joad Family as they travel west to California in search of work and a new life."
  • Bobby Holmes
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I don't think there is a person that actively reads who doesn't know who John Steinbeck is. His novels have always been great and this one is no different. This novel is an instant classic and should be in anyone's personal library."
  • Christian Munoz
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I had to read this in school, but forgot all about it. I picked it up again and loved it . No wonder its required reading."
  • Austin Peterson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Grapes of Wrath is so completely, so guturally human that it's practically impossible not to become engrossed in the life stories of the main characters. Some have complained that the characters are flat, that there is little growth. I find this only partially true. There is much to read between the lines. One who reads closely can find much growth in the characters of Ma Joad, Rose of Sharon, Tom, and even Al. Then there is the former preacher, Casy, whose growth occurred before the Joads' story even began -- but Steinbeck offers glimpses of that growth in his stories to the Joads."
    Ruth Castro
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This edition is fantastic with its detailed introduction to Steinbeck, the influences in his life which led him to writing this book, his struggles with other writings he didn't have published..... Too unfortunate that HS AP & Lit101 students couldn't have this well presented information a couple decades ago, when we were forced to read the book & regurgitate highfalutin claptrap."
  • Nathan Sanchez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "great book i remember reading it my freshman year in high school i recommend every high school student to read this book, it shows you the struggle of Americans living out in the plains "
  • Randy Lucas
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I begrudgingly read this book about fruit and old timers when I was high school and it literally changed the way I thought about people, the past and books in general. I was not prepared to filled with so many different perspectives and a young me was pleasantly enthralled. I actually went back and read it again last year and I loved it as much as I loved it then."
  • Sarah Gibson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a classic everyone should read. The movie doesn't even begin to touch on what the book has in it. I was amazed to see how much more of the story there is and thoroughly enjoyed this book."
  • Teresa Henderson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "A good book for sure, however, isnt this required reading in high school? I'd think we could be a bit more creative here. "
  • Carol Wheeler
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Grapes of Wrath was one of those books I never had to read in school that it seems like everyone else had to. I ended up reading it years later and while I did enjoy it, I can't say I remember very much about it in the end."
  • Peter Ellis
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "As someone who's from Oklahoma, I have always enjoyed reading books about my home state. Lately, I have decided to search for the best books about my home state. The best book I have read so far about Oklahoma would have to be The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. "
  • Madison White
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This audiobook may be well done but it is mislabeled. It is an audio drama based on the novel."
  • Verónica Villalobos
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I had to read this in high school 25 years ago, but decided to read it again. Being forced to read it left a negative impression but being able to choose to read it as an adult was a different experience. Gave me a better inside look at the problems faced during the Dust Bowl/Great Depression era, including the issues faced by those being driven from their homes by increased mechanization. Sounds boring, but I really started to understand the characters, and the desperation that they faced in their struggle to survive. Worth a read, especially if you want to have a feel for the history of the time. Illustrations did not really add to the experience."
  • Diane Payne
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I saw the movie version when I was 12 and to this day(59yrs old) Grapes of Wrath continues to be one of the most impactful works in my life? Admittedly movie versions and the book are different but there is no value lost. For times sake I am utilizing Audible and doing some reading. The main narrator sounds similar to Henry Fonda! The story is gritty,at times sad, maybe depressing to some. But I find hope,honesty and resiliency and the strength of family as the main themes. The Depression and the dust bowl era affected that part of the country , for many their lives were changed forever but for many there was a rebirth and relocation that showed the strong spirit that carried them to the next chapter of their lives. A must read, if any have ever come from a background of poverty and having to fight and scrape for anything, you will feel the connection here."
  • Roy Bell
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is an old classic that i re-read from time to time and think is just brilliant. Every time, I find something new to pour over and I love that about Steinbeck. He was a genius and this book covers some interesting sub plots against the background of the depression era dustbowl. Get it asap!"
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  • Carl Murray
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is amazing, it describes a very nice story, it absorbs you while reading it. It has interesting situations situation in every page, and keeps you interested all the time. I love this book and I suggest it to everyone, i am sure it will be a very good experience."
  • Katherine Lewis
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "While Grapes of Wrath is definitely a classic, it is not among my favorite books. I've read a good deal of books with food in the title, and I've enjoyed many of them greatly and while not classics, they were much more enjoyable reads."
  • Mary Rios
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book has a great story behind it, the author does a good job describing everything in the book. The cover looks old but i like it, i enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it to everyone. "
  • Joseph Estrada
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The genre of progressive books includes many different books and The Grapes of Wrath can be considered as one. While reading and looking at the pictures of the book, keep in mind that, these are not fiction, this is history, a sad one, of our country. I think everyone should take a look at this great book."
  • Joseph Hall
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Can’t wait to finish this! I saw the movie version when I was 12 and to this day(59yrs old) Grapes of Wrath continues to be one of the most impactful works in my life? Admittedly movie versions and the book are different but there is no value lost. For times sake I am utilizing Audible and doing some reading. The main narrator sounds similar to Henry Fonda! The story is gritty,at times sad, maybe depressing to some. But I find hope,honesty and resiliency and the strength of family as the main themes. The Depression and the dust bowl era affected that part of the country , for many their lives were changed forever but for many there was a rebirth and relocation that showed the strong spirit that carried them to the next chapter of their lives. A must read, if any have ever come from a background of poverty and having to fight and scrape for anything, you will feel the connection here."
  • Raquel Blanco
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Grapes of Wrath continues to help shape the minds of upcoming generations with a somber story of a family that sought their fortunes in the far West of California, only to have some of the most devastating economic disasters befall them. To the last line, The Grapes of Wrath will haunt you and reshape how you view society, your family, and hope. "
  • Zachary Reyes
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I love to read American Old West romance novels. They're the best. My favorite right now is The Grapes of Wrath. I read this in high school, but decided to pick it up again and give it a try. I really love it! It's by John Steinbeck, one of my favorite authors, and all about the Joad family and their journey to California during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. Check it out!"
  • Kathleen Schultz
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "You can't go wrong with the classics and this Steinbeck work surely fits that category. The Depression era story revolves around the search for survival and the American dream. Steinbeck is always spot on in tying insight into history with a deep character story and Grapes of Wrath is no exception."
  • Anna Wood
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I have to say something re: the movie vs the book** wow..they really cut the movie in half to accommodate the story! In HS ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ next to ‘Mice & Men’ were required reading. I’m surprised I wasn’t crying on a daily basis! I haven’t read the novel since 1978, but always watched the movie..besides a couple of characters that didn’t match the book theres the subject but no comparison...so if anyone has to do any required reading and ‘Grapes of Wrath’ is one..don’t watch the movie first One more thing Dylan Baker is now my favorite narrator! (I listened as well, thank God?) What a performance..he sounded like ‘Henry Fonda to the tee! Excellent narration!"
  • Alejandro Blanco
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "While there's a nice classic movie, from when they knew how to make movies, it still can't beat the book for the visual poetry of Steinbeck's words. In these times when poverty means just not having an iphone, I always find it helpful to remember what it really meant to be so dirt poor. Well, that is, read about other people also as poor."
  • Philip Weber
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I was looking for a book about the relationship between siblings and thought The Grapes of Wrath would be interesting. Bought it, read a few pages, and never went back to it. This is the type of writing that I just can't stand - boring to its core."
  • Diana Burke
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a good solution since this is a classic american novel that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime "
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