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Zapata Paperback – Illustrated, May 1, 1993
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- Marianne Cawley, Kingwood Branch Lib., Tex.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Robert E. Morsberger is a professor emeritus of English at California State Polytechnic University.
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Illustrated edition (May 1, 1993)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140173226
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140173222
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Grade level : 12 and up
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #371,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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In addition to these two plays, preceding them is a word picture that Steinbeck drew to describe to the movie's eventual director and producer Steinbeck's own vision and intention for the film.
While having the actual mechanics of a screenplay laid out before one's eyes is interesting to one who hasn't seen the like, this would be true regardless of the underlying story. It just happens in this case to be Zapata, which happens to be the only screenplay Mr. Steinbeck wrote entirely by himself.
As to this book, we are essentially presented with three versions of the same story That this is a bit repetitive is obvious and, frankly, my advice is to read the first two treatments and then go watch the movie.
For those of you expecting more of a story about Zapata (or even a biography), based upon the numerous rather puzzling reviews here indicating this is the case, you will disappointed. For, this is a story about a film script, or screenplay, the subject of which is Emiliano Zapata. It does not pretend to be either a history or a biography: It is an adventure story with political/socio-economic overtones, that roughly hews to historical events and figures.
One thing this book is GREAT for is the appendix which includes the entire oevre of Steinbecks filmic career. It is highly informative and will send the most eager of us on to other works by this American Classic.
Three stars because this book's true audience is quite narrow and the broader audience is likely to be disappointed, one suspects.