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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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From the Trade Paperback edition.
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This book only has 40 pages.
GREAT WRITE BY STEINBECK
This book is funny and shows a few great book personalities. I was lauhing out loud. Enjoy the classics, you cannot go wrong with them.
When reading about the lives of people on the margins of society I normally experience fascination, compassion, and some degree of empathy. Not so with this book. I believe that is because the characters were thinly drawn. We were just not told very much about them. The story line seemed shallow and underdeveloped as well, with the book approximating a collection of vignettes more than a wholistic novel. Steinbeck is a celebrated author but this book was a big disappointment to me. I almost stopped reading half way through, but I find it difficult to leave a book unfinished.