LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck,

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on The Grapes of Wrath

The Joad Family have been cleared off their land by the bank and are forced to hit the long and winding road from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to California in search of a new life. And oh what a journey it is. Joined by a lapsed preacher Jim Casy the road is long, hard and does not let up with adversity after adversity after adversity as the family strive to keep their spirit alive. This book is an absolute classic; after initial negativity it was selling 10,000 copies a week by May 1939, became the year’s best-selling novel and won the Pulitzer. It’s a pure and raw celebration of the working man with an indomitable spirit, and the book inspired a generation of writers and readers right across the world. First class.

Visit our '50 Classics Everyone Should Read' collection to discover more classic titles.

The Grapes of Wrath Synopsis

Shocking and controversial when it was first published in 1939, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of dust bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel West in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision; an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit.

If you loved this, you might like these...

Moll Flanders
The Canterbury Tales
The Last of the Mohicans
A Room with a View

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780141185064
Publication date: 07/09/2000
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141185064
Publication date: 7th September 2000
Author: John Steinbeck,
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 528 pages
Genres: Classics, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About John Steinbeck,

Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His complete works will be available in Penguin Modern Classics.

More About John Steinbeck,

Share this book