The Pastures of Heaven
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In Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s beautifully rendered depictions of small yet fateful moments that transform ordinary lives, these twelve early stories introduce both the subject and style of artistic expression that recur in the most important works of his career. Each of these self-contained stories is linked to the others by the presence of the Munroes, a family whose misguided behavior and lack of sensitivity precipitate disasters and tragedies. As the individual dramas unfold, Steinbeck reveals the self-deceptions, intellectual limitations, and emotional vulnerabilities that shape the characters’ reactions and gradually erode the harmony and dreams that once formed the foundation of the community. This edition includes an introduction and notes by James Nagel.
Wonderful Book, Terrible Edition
I am really quite disappointed that I paid so much money for this tiny little collection of short stories, though not in any way because of the quality or length of Steinbeck's work. The writing and storytelling here is phenomenal, but this edition of the book is atrocious!
The first half of the book, there are extra spaces between paragraphs at least once every other page. Then, as the book progresses, there are countless—literally countless—typographical errors. Stern is spelled stem, corner is spelled comer, Allens is spelled Aliens. And all those happen within four pages! I honestly hate that I have to give even one star to this atrocity. I can't believe Penguin would release such sloppy work.