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The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck | Literature & Fiction
Registered by chipmunck of Lacey, Washington USA on 12/3/2005
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Fire-Dragon): travelling


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3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by chipmunck from Lacey, Washington USA on Saturday, December 03, 2005

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Pre-numbered label used for registration. 


Journal Entry 2 by wingMolyneuxwing from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, February 04, 2006

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I caught this book at the BookCrossing meet today at the Singleton Barn in Ashford, Kent.

I've only read Of Mice and Men by this author...and this is such a classic which has been recommended to me by many people!

Even better...I see that this book has come all the way from Washington! Thank you chipmunck for sending it over to the UK! :) 


Journal Entry 3 by wingMolyneuxwing from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 15, 2006

10 out of 10

A real classic...and now I'm going to release it at the BookCrossing Unconvention in Birmingham, UK on 1st July. 


Journal Entry 4 by wingMolyneuxwing at Unconvention 2006 in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, June 15, 2006

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Unconvention - birmingham 1 July 


Journal Entry 5 by Fire-Dragon from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, July 01, 2006

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I picked this up from the enormous book table at the Unconvention in Birmingham. It's on my list of the top 100 books of the 20th century, which I am working my way through. See www.bookcentury.blogspot.com. 


Journal Entry 6 by Fire-Dragon from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, August 21, 2006

9 out of 10

It was not until the second half of the book when the Joad family were in California and on the heartbreaking quest for work and a decent living that this book really started to move me. The first half was enjoyable enough and there was much in the writing to admire but it felt more like a long introduction, while the second half felt like the main story.

The book works slowly, building up a picture line by line and layer by layer until the full devastation hits you. Perhaps it hits different people at different times but for tge book became really gripping around about the time the family arrived in the government camp in California. The emotional intensity builds to the very end and the ending, although a little surreal, brings home the way people can lose everything and be at rock bottom, yet they still have more to give and there is always someone worse off.

This is a deeply important book about an aspect of American history that is little written about. Stories about the Great Depression tend to be urban and little is known about the great westward migrations and the dispossession from the land. I was familiar with the term “Okies” to mean “hick” or “redneck” but had no idea of its origins. I knew nothing about the Hoovervilles across the country – named for President Herbert Hoover who was blamed for his economic crises – and the shameful role of the police in persecuting people who had already lost everything. (This is not covered by the book but the biggest Hooverville was in Washington DC where it was one General Macarthur who was responsible for razing the shanty town to the ground and slaughtering thousands of Americans).

Yet this book, although published in the late 1930s about what was then very recent history, is not just about the past. The story of dispossession and exploitation and repression goes on. It is still the case that food production is in the hands of fewer and fewer owners and that farmers find it difficult to compete unless they are involved in processing as well. It is still the case that migrant – or immigrant – workers are lured into jobs on false pretexts and kept on casual contracts at minimum wages for years, often under the most dire conditions in terms of health and safety. The problem is now globalised so that vast tracts of Amazon rainforest are now cleared to grow soy crops for cattle feed to supply the burger industry at the lowest possible cost. Books like Eric Schlosser’s excellent and entertaining Fast Food Nation or Felicity Lawrence’s Not on the Label tell of this more recent history and current events. The shame is that we no longer have the Great Depression to blame for it.

I read this as part of my project to read the top one hundred books of the twentieth century - see www.bookcentury.blogspot.com. 


Journal Entry 7 by Fire-Dragon at Haymarket Publishing, Griffin House in Hammersmith and Fulham, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 22, 2006

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Released 11 yrs ago (8/22/2006 UTC) at Haymarket Publishing, Griffin House in Hammersmith and Fulham, Greater London United Kingdom

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Left in the big staff kitchen, next to the Eve offices. 


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