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John Steinbeck (1902-68) is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the 1930s, his works included The Red Pony, Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, earned him a Pulitzer Prize. In 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Kino is a desperately poor Mexican pearl diver. But when he finds 'The Pearl of the World' he believes that his life will be magically transformed. Obsessed by his dreams, Kino is blind to the greed, fear and even violence the pearl arouses in his neighbours - and himself.
Young Jody Tiflin lives on his father's California ranch. He is thrilled when his father gives him a red pony, and later promises him the colt of a bay mare. Both these gifts bring joy to Jodi's life - but tragedy soon follows. As Jodi begins to learn the harsh lessons of life and death, he starts to understand what growing-up and becoming an adult really means.
A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression They are an unlikely pair: George is "e;small and quick and dark of face"e;; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "e;family,"e; clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him. "e;A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick."e; The New York Times
';There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon.' Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "e;perfect as the moon."e; With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security.... A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man's nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.
An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the lightthese were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years. With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and the unexpected kindness of strangers.
One of the BBC's '100 Novels that Shaped the World' 'Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.' Meet the gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists of Cannery Row in Monterey, California, during the Great Depression. They want to throw a party for their friend Doc, so Mack and the boys set about, in their own inimitable way, recruiting everyone in the neighbourhood to the cause. But along the way they can't help but get involved in a little mischief and misadventure. It wouldn't be Cannery Row if it was otherwise, now would it? This edition features a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.
'A little masterpiece' New York Times Jody Tiflin is a ten-year-old boy, living on his father's ranch. One day his father brings home a small pony. He's Jody's, if the boy will learn to feed, clean, stable and care for him. But Jody learns, through the colt, and through his other adventures on the ranch, that with responsibility can come sacrifice and pain. Joy may swiftly turn to tragedy. And he also discover that the simplicities of childhood must eventually turn into the complications of adulthood. The Red Pony is Steinbeck's brilliant, and sometimes brutal, celebration of adolescence, with a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.
'Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place.' George and his large, simple-minded friend Lennie are drifters, following wherever work leads them. Arriving in California's Salinas Valley, they get work on a ranch. If they can just stay out of trouble, George promises Lennie, then one day they might be able to get some land of their own and settle down some place. But kind-hearted, childlike Lennie is a victim of his own strength. Seen by others as a threat, he finds it impossible to control his emotions. And one day not even George will be able to save him from trouble. Of Mice and Men is a tragic and moving story of friendship, loneliness and the dispossessed, with a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.
California's fertile Salinas Valley is home to two families whose destinies are fruitfully, and fatally, intertwined. Over the generations, between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of the First World War, the Trasks and the Hamiltons will helplessly replay the fall of Adam and Eve and the murderous rivalry of Cain and Abel. East of Eden was considered by Steinbeck to be his magnum opus, and its epic scope and memorable characters, exploring universal themes of love and identity, ensure it remains one of America's most enduring novels. This edition features a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.
'In the town they tell the story of the great pearl - how it was found and how it was lost again. They tell of Kino, the fisherman, and of his wife, Juana, and of the baby, Coyotito. And because the story has been told so often, it has taken root in every man's mind.' The Pearl is Steinbeck's heartbreaking short parable about wealth and the darkness and evil it can instill in even the most generous of men's hearts. This edition features a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.
'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.' Drought and economic depression are driving thousands from Oklahoma. As their land becomes just another strip in the dust bowl, the Joads, a family of sharecroppers, decide they have no choice but to follow. They head west, towards California, where they hope to find work and a future for their family. But while the journey to this promised land will take its inevitable toll, there remains uncertainty about what awaits their arrival . . . Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Grapes of Wrath is an epic human drama, with a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.
Congratulations to publisher Barrington Stoke for this new edition which is specifically designed to be accessible to all readers, including those with dyslexia. The text is exactly as Steinbeck wrote it and hasn’t been abridged or altered, but features such as the font (a typeface designed to be easy to read), a larger point size and cream pages to help relieve the effects of visual stress, make this special edition of his great novel ‘super readable’ for all. Steinbeck’s classic is a regular examination set text and no wonder: the tragic story of George and Lennie struggling to get by in the California of the Great Depression, it’s a masterpiece, a tale of hope and almost unbearable loss mediated by clear, honest and sympathetic writing. ~ Andrea Reece Note: A stunning dyslexia-friendly package for Steinbeck's classic novel, ideally suited to anyone, young and old, who might benefit from a super-readable layout.
Publicat cu un an inainte ca Steinbeck sa primeasca Premiul Nobel pentru literatura, romanul urmareste marasmul ce a cuprins societatea americana in anii 1960. Personajul central, Ethan, ajunge in pragul saraciei lucrand ca functionar in propria bacanie, detinuta acum de un imigrant italian. Sotia si copiii se plang la nesfarsit de lipsa banilor si de viata pe care o duc, iar Ethan incearca cu disperare sa le ofere fericirea si, in acelasi timp, sa-si pastreze demnitatea. Prin Iarna vrajbei noastre, Steinbeck ne poarta intr-o calatorie spre miezul disperarii protagonistului sau, alimentata fara incetare de sentimentul ratarii.
Doc este biolog marin, studiaza si aduna creaturi ale oceanului de pe coasta Californiei. Majoritatea acestora sunt trimise la universitati, muzee si laboratoare de pe intregul continent. Insa, dincolo de pasionanta lui ocupatie, Doc este un personaj excentric pentru cei din jurul sau: un individ maruntel, cu o barba impresionanta si accese de furie oarba. Dar poate fi si cea mai charismatica si mai amabila fiinta din lume, genul de om care isi scoate palaria cand trece pe langa un caine, iar cainele ii raspunde cu un zambet - si, de asemenea, un excelent ascultator, curios sa afle cate ceva despre oricine, astfel incat toata lumea care il cunoaste ii arata simpatie. Romanul Strada Sardinelor a fost ecranizat in regia lui David S. Ward, cu Nick Nolte in rolul principal.
Esta pequena obra maestra de Steinbeck retrata la vida de Elisa Allen, una mujer fuerte y apasionada, que lleva una existencia sin brillo, dedicada a su hogar. Casada con un granjero de California, su unica ilusion y orgullo es el cultivo de sus flores. La aparicion de un buhonero le hara cuestionarse, en cierto modo, su condicion de mujer. Aparecido por primera vez en 1937 en la revista Harper, el autor norteamericano nos habla de la cuestin del gnero de una manera sutil y delicada. Es un momento en el que el mundo de las mujeres est dominado por los hombres, que impiden su realizacin personal, social y sexual. El simbolismo que subyace a lo largo de toda la obra hace que sea uno de los relatos cortos ms bellos e imprescindibles del ganador del Premio Nobel en 1962.
Aparut pentru prima data in 1948, Jurnal rusesc este relatarea unei calatorii inedite facute de John Steinbeck in Uniunea Sovietica in anii de inceput ai Razboiului Rece. Insotit de fotograful Robert Capa, romancierul american viziteaza Moscova, dar calatoreste si in alte locuri din U.R.S.S.: ajunge in Stalingradul distrus de razboi, viziteaza Kievul si capitala georgian[ Tbilisi si e oaspetele unor colhozuri sovietice. Intentia declarata a scriitorului, de a descrie cu obiectivitate o tara straina, necunoscuta si amenintatoare, etichetata in Statele Unite drept dusman"e; ideologic, are ca rezultat o relatare superba, cu valoare istorica si literara. In Jurnal rusesc obiectivitatea jurnalistica se impleteste cu talentul narativ al prozatorului, iar comentariul aparent inocent, umorul subtil si ironia rafinata dau un plus de farmec unei descrieri empatice, plina de intelegere, a unei lumi altfel greu de inteles.
A Sony Radio Academy Award winning dramatisation of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, about economic migration and the endurance of the human spirit. In the midst of America's Great Depression, the Joad family travel from Oklahoma to California in search of work, only to discover thousands like them have also been on the move. Just as their money and food run out, they find work on a peach farm - but discover they're breaking a strike led by their old friend, Casy the Preacher. Tragedy strikes, and Tom Joad hits back before running for his life. The Joad family's dream of a promised land is about to end. Robert Sheehan and Zubin Varla head the cast in this powerful BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation, which was awarded Silver for Best Drama at the 2013 Sony Radio Academy Awards.