Cannery row

181 pages

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2002 by Penguin Books.

ISBN:
9780142000687

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4 stars (24 reviews)

Cannery Row is a novel by American author John Steinbeck, published in 1945. It is set during the Great Depression in Monterey, California, on a street lined with sardine canneries that is known as Cannery Row. The story revolves around the people living there. Steinbeck revisited these characters and this milieu nine years later in his novel Sweet Thursday.

Also contained in:

  • [The Grapes of Wrath / The Moon is Down / Cannery Row / East of Eden / Of Mice and Men][1]

[1]: openlibrary.org/works/OL23165W/The_Grapes_of_Wrath_The_Moon_is_Down_Cannery_Row_East_of_Eden_Of_Mice_and_Men

68 editions

Delightful, idyllic, melancholy

5 stars

Far from the doomed cross-country voyage of 'Grapes of Wrath' lies 'Cannery Row,' one of the sweetest books I've ever read. The characters are so human in their needs, desires, thoughts, and actions, and Steinbeck clearly loves them for all of their flaws. You'll fall in love with every character just like they all love each other in this romantic little seaside community. The magic of the storytelling lies in the perfect balance of playful humor and profound melancholy. It's the work of a master at the height of his craft.

Review of 'Cannery Row' on Goodreads

3 stars

1) ''Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and the scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses. Its inhabitants are, as the man once said, 'whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches,' by which he meant Everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, 'Saints and angels and martyrs and holy men,' and he would have meant the same thing.''

2) ''Someone should write an erudite essay on the moral, physical, and esthetic effect of the Model T Ford on the American nation. Two generations of Americans know more about the Ford coil …

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Subjects

  • Marine biologists -- Fiction
  • Community life -- Fiction
  • Cannery Row (Monterey, Calif.) -- Fiction
  • Monterey (Calif.) -- Fiction