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Steinbeck's tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society, dependant on one another for both physical and emotional survival
Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, including longtime friend Ed Ricketts, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Dora, Mack and his boys, Lee Chong, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works. In her introduction, Susan Shillinglaw shows how the novel expresses, both in style and theme, much that is essentially Steinbeck: “scientific detachment, empathy toward the lonely and depressed…and, at the darkest level…the terror of isolation and nothingness.”
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Don't buy this
This book only has 40 pages.
I first read this when I was probably 13 years old. I still have fond memories of it. Nice characters. Just plain enjoyable. It is probably my favorite after Of Mice and Men, East of Eden and somewhere right there with sweet Thursday. Read this book if you like Steinbeck.
If one enjoys this book, one should read Sweet Thursday the sequel. Also one should read The log from the sea of Cortez
And also Between Pacific Tides. if one really wants to know more about Ed Ricketts (Doc) one should look for The Outer Shores.
Published by Mad River Press two books of Ed's papers.
The above books would make a very interesting lit course.