The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath Summary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.

This Centennial edition, specially designed to commemorate one hundred years of Steinbeck, features french flaps and deckle-edged pages.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Book Reviews

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Good book5 star

As someone having to read this in highschool, sophomore year, I really liked the book!55


Grapes of Wrath5 star

Very descriptive picture of the oppression of simple country folks during the depression. Very sad , but an important piece of history that should not be forgotten. The ‘Grapes of Wrath’ was an accurate depiction since some of the smaller land owners went bankrupt due them unable to sell even healthy grapes due the low prices when they could not afford to harvest leaving not only the migrants but these landowners, destitute.55


Horrible Sample1 star

This is a review of this particular version and the sample that is given before purchase. I’ve heard lots of good things about this book, so I downloaded the sample to see if the first few pages might hook me. The sample gives you the first 76 pages. Of those 76 pages, only 3 are the actual book. The first 73 pages are, no joke, just forwards and notes on the text. What a waste of space. 3 pages is hardly a sample, it’s more like crumbs.15


A monument of 20th century literature5 star

Steinbeck’s famous work is very probably the best literature I’ve ever read. Very high quality of writing, a unique ability to recreate the pictures and the emotions, giving reason to the thoughts and make the actions understandable. A book that contains universal truths about human societies that should be revisited in contemporary America. I feel grateful and blissful for having the experience to read this book.55


Absolutely Not1 star

I couldn't dumb myself down enough to read and follow whatever backwoods, swamptown language in which this was written.15


Fire5 star

This book =fire55

Sean rates and reviews!12

Did not like this book2 star

Very boring and bad plot whatever the plot actually was😂25


A Sprawling American Epic5 star

A family from Oklahoma travels west for a better life in California during the depression only to face great hardships and injustice. California's land barons are portrayed as they really were at the time. White slavery was very much alive. Steinbeck's greatest work.55


Boring and horrible1 star

Horrible book for high schoolers. It's too in depth and depressing. Hard to catch interest to and takes forever to read. Do not recommend reading for fun.15

OG Snowflake

An utter masterpiece5 star

The most beautifully written book I have ever read. Moving beyond tears. When I came to the end, I was seized by goose-bumps so intense my nipples hurt. Don't wait another SECOND of your life; read it.55

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