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John Steinbeck : Novels and Stories, 1932-1937 : The Pastures of Heaven / To a God Unknown / Tortilla Flat / In Dubious Battle / Of Mice and Men (Library of America) Hardcover – September 1, 1994


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  • Series: Library of America (Book 72)
  • Hardcover: 909 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; 1st edition (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883011019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883011017
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He is compassionate and had keen insight into his characters and the world at large.
Assaf Tal
I have been a big Steinbeck fan for a long time now, and I have found the ultimate collection of his works in this book.
Joe
It's hard to find books that just tell a good story without lurid sex scenes in them.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Assaf Tal on December 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This volume contains some of the earlier works of John Steinbeck. Steinbeck was a master of the English language and had the talent of using the least amount of words to convey the greatest amount of emotions. His stories are moving without being cheap. He is compassionate and had keen insight into his characters and the world at large.
Reviewing each story that appears in this volume is beyond the scope of this review, and you should check out that various titles individually. I will just say a few words about the collection in general. Steinbeck's earlier works are, in my opinion, better than his later, more ambitious works. While his later works can be viewed as some sort of social criticism, these earlier works are simply his personal salute to human nature. Steinbeck knew a basic truth about writing - if you want to write a great book, before you have a great theme, make sure you have great characters, and the rest will follow.
Steinbeck is both profound and very accessible at the same time, which I think is the trademark of a great author. He wrote for ordinary people (unlike, say, Joyce), and at the same time his works are complex enough to be appreciated by scholars. Whatever group you belong to, you will not regret reading this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joe on June 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have been a big Steinbeck fan for a long time now, and I have found the ultimate collection of his works in this book. It is perfect for the long time fan as well as the beginner. The long time fans will appreciate the collection as classic Steinbeck, whereas the newcomers can get aquainted with his works. From "The Patures of Heaven" to "Of Mice and Men", you get five different tales, and a good look at the range of Steinbecks abilities. With "In Dubious Battle" you can get a taste of things to come in "The Grapes of Wrath." From "To a God Unknown" you get a good look at Steinbecks religious studies. In all five tales, you clearly see the tremendous influence that California's Salinas Valley has had on his work. All I can say is that it is a must have for any library, or just for anyone that's interested in Steinbeck.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read chapter 6 of "The Pastures of Heaven" when I was a high school student. Since then, after thousands of short stories, I still find myself rereading Junius Maltby's story at least once a month. As part of the 'novel' it is the gravitational center. No one (Nabakov, Munro, Gallant) has ever achieved a short story with so much power. However, I still haven't figured out why?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Orrin C. Judd VINE VOICE on October 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful novella tells the ineffably sad tale of two itinerant farm laborers in Depression California. George Milton is a small wiry man, his traveling companion, Lennie Small, is a giant, but a simpleton. The two travel from farm to farm, one step ahead of trouble as Lennie's incredible strength and feeble brain continually land them in trouble. Other farm hands are struck by the rarity of finding such men traveling as partners, but Lennie and George have a dream, a dream of a better life. As soon as they can raise $600 they can buy a farm and be their own bosses and Lennie will get to raise the rabbits that he loves, but has a tendency to accidentally crush. Unfortunately, trouble awaits at the farm where they are headed. The ranch owner's son, Curley, can't control his new bride who has "the eye" or his own temper which flares up whenever she starts flirting with the hired hands.
This is one of those books you had to read in 9th grade, largely because it was by a famous author and it's short enough that teachers figure students might actually finish it. If you haven't read it since, give it another try. The relationship between George and Lennie is one of the most beautiful, and oft imitated, in all of literature and the themes of love, friendship, loyalty, courage and the dream of a better life are both timeless and compelling.
GRADE: A+
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1997
Format: Hardcover
These five novels mark an incredible part of this country's history. Steinbeck was the most critical storyteller of the depression. In Of Mice And Men and In Dubious Battle, you truly understand the desparation of his times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jehren on October 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Included in this compilation is the short story, Junius Maltby. Like another reviewer, I often pick this story up to reread- it's just that good. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I gain perspective every time I read it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary D. Buxman on October 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I recently visited Monterey and upon my return home, I became obsessed with Steinbecks novels as many of them focus on this beautiful city. This collection is a great reminder of lifes ups and downs, friendship, and perserverance. Very easy to read and relate to.
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By Mars man on January 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Since when does Steinbeck need reviews? However the printing and binding of this volume is excellent, above the quality of most books I have ordered.
J.L. Walden
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