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  • Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; De Luxe edition edition (July 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143105779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143105770
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 3.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Steinbeck shaped a geography of conscience." -Don DeLillo

About the Author

John Steinbeck (1902-1968), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, achieved popular success in 1935 with the publication of Tortilla Flat. He went on to write more than twenty-five novels, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.

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John Steinbeck (1902-1968), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, achieved popular success in 1935 when he published Tortilla Flat. He went on to write more than twenty-five novels, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.

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The book is very well binded, etc.
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Steinbeck's writing style is accessible and vivid and can be easily enjoyed by most contemporary readers.
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I think we need men like Mr. Steinbeck who teach us that reading can be fun.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By K Woot on December 14, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Steinbeck's novels are wonderful to read. I'm not writing this review for these iconic stories. My critique is for the Kindle Edition. I do love using the Kindle to read, particularly with a book like this that might be a bit large to hold for a long period of time. Yet again, and again, on the Kindle I encounter formatting problems that don't exist in the print editions. In the mad rush of offering all books digitally, publishers are not taking the time to make sure Kindle edition books are of the same quality. I've found may words in this book split in half (a space in the middle of the word), about every ten pages. It doesn't make the book not worth buying, but it is distracting and it can easily be fixed with adequate proofreading.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on February 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding collection of the best know shorter works by Steinbeck, or more accurately a collection of his novellas. The writing is exceptional and this is a highly recommended buy.

The stories are short and they cannot be compared with his best known novel "Grapes of Wrath." But this is a superb collection containing his best short work and first novel "Of Mice and Men." Also, it contains "Cannery Row," another great story. And, it has his interesting novel "The Moon is Down." It is about resistance to an invading force. We can assume that it is probably Norway during World War II, and their resistance to Germany, but Steinbeck keeps it a bit vague which broadens the appeal of the book. It could apply to any invading force.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968) was among the best known American writers of the 20th century. He won the 1962 Nobel Prize for literature. His 1939 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "Grapes of Wrath" has over ten million copies in print.

Steinbeck was born in rural California, went to Stanford, and spent most of his life in California. He has been associated with the plight of farm workers and others. His books have been very popular and many were made into movies and stage productions. He won an Academy Award nomination for best story in 1944.

I have read a number of his novels and am still surprised with the quality of his work - especially his short stories and short novels, so the present collection is a great buy.

The collection has his famous short works and is not a heavy read. Each of the works takes one evening to read. I liked all the stories. Readers will appreciate the clarity of the prose, the characters, and the messages. This is a great value purchase and an interesting reading experience.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Edward H. Watts on August 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Although no one else has reviewed this new edition of Steinbeck's shorter fiction, you'll find plenty of readers' comments on each of the component novels. Often readers are surprised that Steinbeck's works, being frequently cited as a modern classics, are easy reads. It is the characters and situations in Steinbeck's stories that are compelling -- not a lot of flowery language. I have to admit I somehow missed The Red Pony, but if it's as good as the other five (and people seem to agree that it is) this compilation easily deserves five stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Gaines on October 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
-Tortilla Flat : This opening story ended up being perhaps my favorite of the lot. It's essentially nothing more than the story of a group of lazy, dopey, self-serving Mexican paisanos (country-men) living in Monterey, CA. They are basically panhandlers whose only goal is to acquire the next gallon of cheap wine. The story surrounds four or five of these men who try very hard to have good intentions and help their town-fellows in various ways, but their plans are almost always foiled by seemingly-wise-but-horribly-foolish drunken thoughts and the wasting of what little money they have on more wine. The characters are shockingly real and human and their interactions and motivations are hilarious. Seriously, I chuckled out loud on more than one occasion, and that's saying something about Steinbeck's age-defying talent for human portrayal since this book was published nearly a hundred years ago. Tortilla Flat was funny and sad and silly and real. I absolutely loved it.

-The Red Pony: A much more quiet and slow-moving tale, this one is rich with simplistic country-beauty and keen observation. It follows Jody, a young boy on a ranch in rural California who is given a surprise gift by his father; a red pony. The boy's father, Carl, has an outer sternness and his presence demands obedience and respect, however there are clear hints of his inner softness. Also living on the ranch is Billy Buck, a middle-aged stablehand who has a great deal of experience with caring for horses. The story has a smooth pace that weaves through seasons and years as Jody cares for his pony, that *spoiler ahead* ends up dying of a horrible cold, somewhat to the fault of Billy Buck who left the horse out in the rain for too long one day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron on December 7, 2013
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This will be my second reading of some and third reading for others. I've loved Steinbeck's works since I was a kid! How could anyone give anything but 5 stars to this compilation of books written by one of America's greatest authors ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paddy on March 27, 2013
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This is not a review for Steinbeck, but a review for the Kindle edition I purchased. The formatting is terrible and either a couple of sentences are missing when i "turn" the page or a couple of sentences are repeated. Makes me lose continuity when i am reading. Didn't expect this from Kindle.
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