Adopting the structure and themes of Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck creates a "Camelot" on a shabby hillside above Monterey on the California coast and peoples it with a colorful band of knights. As he chronicles the thoughts and emotions, temptations and lusts of the "knights", Steinbeck spins a tale as compelling as the famous legends of the Round Table.
John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast. Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, all the time working on his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929).
After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, he published two California books, The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933), and worked on short stories later collected in The Long Valley (1938). Popular success and financial security came only with Tortilla Flat (1935), stories about Monterey’s paisanos. A ceaseless experimenter throughout his career, Steinbeck changed courses regularly. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the California laboring class: In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath (1939). The Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1939.
Early in the 1940s, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with The Forgotten Village (1941) and a serious student of marine biology with Sea of Cortez (1941). He devoted his services to the war, writing Bombs Away (1942) and the controversial play-novelette The Moon is Down (1942).Cannery Row (1945), The Wayward Bus (1948), another experimental drama, Burning Bright(1950), and The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951) preceded publication of the monumental East of Eden (1952), an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his own family’s history.
The last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag Harbor with his third wife, with whom he traveled widely. Later books include Sweet Thursday (1954), The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication (1957), Once There Was a War (1958), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961),Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962), America and Americans (1966), and the posthumously published Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters (1969), Viva Zapata!(1975), The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976), and Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath (1989).
Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, and, in 1964, he was presented with the United States Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Steinbeck died in New York in 1968. Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.
John McDonough's reading of this marvelous Steinbeck novel is not without its flaws, but they don't much diminish the charm of the performance. Tortilla Flat follows the exploits of Danny and his paisano friends, who live in squalid poverty and blissful idleness near Monterey, California. McDonough does not overact, and his gentle touch is well suited to the story. His accents and voices, however, are strangely inconsistent, as if he eventually tires of giving each character his own. Nonetheless, McDonough makes it work by bringing out the novel's humor and poignancy in all the right places. D.B. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Description du livre État : very good. 104 Gramm. N° de réf. du libraire M03125371910-V
Description du livre État : good. 104 Gramm. N° de réf. du libraire M03125371910-G
Description du livre ROMBALDI/ LA GUILDE DES BIBLIOPHILES, 1972. Couverture rigide. État : Bon. Fontanarosa (illustrateur). Lauréat 1962 (Etats-Unis d'Amérique) Roman Coll. Prix Nobel de Littérature, reliure ornée d'un dessin original de Picasso, 237pp. N° de réf. du libraire 00136519
Description du livre ROMBALDI/ LA GUILDE DES BIBLIOPHILES, 1972. Couverture rigide. État : Bon. Fontanarosa (illustrateur). Lauréat 1962 (Etats-Unis d'Amérique) Roman Coll. Prix Nobel de Littérature, reliure ornée d'un dessin original de Picasso, 237pp. N° de réf. du libraire 00136520
Description du livre Edito-Service, Geneva, 1971. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : No Dust Jacket. Gaisford, Paul (illustrateur). 1st Thus. Bound in pale faux calf with gilt spine titles and fine extensive gilt decoration to upper board and spine. N° de réf. du libraire 015938
Description du livre Covici Friede Pub., 1991. Hardcover. État : Good. Hardcover w/jacket in slipcase. Light shelf wear and a few small stains on slipcase. Minor wear on brodarted jacket and boards. Front end paper has been ripped out. Clean, rough cut pages. Tulsa's best used bookstore. Located on South Mingo Road since 1991. No-hassle return policy if not completely satisfied. N° de réf. du libraire mon0000154366
Description du livre Collectors Reprints. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. Facsimile Edition. Does not include Points card. Size: 8vo - 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. N° de réf. du libraire 055539
Description du livre Grosset. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. Scarce early Grosset edition in original jacket. About very good condition. Several areas of tape to the original jacket. N° de réf. du libraire 11112