The Grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck

About the book

Shocking and controversial when it was first published in 1939, Steinbeck‘s Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. It tells of the Joad family who travel West in search of the promised land, and find only broken dreams.

Reviewed by U3A Book Circle 3

Brilliantly written – wonderful description of characters, gripping and very human. Enjoyed by the whole group without exception.

Star rating: ****

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4 thoughts on “The Grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck”

  1. Review by Petersfield U3A Group 4
    A great classic still very relevant today with wonderfully drawn characters. A triumph of hope over despair as they cross the dust bowl of America – not a holiday read.
    Star rating: ****


  2. Review by KYC
    Everyone agreed that this was a book well worth working through; powerful, well written and at times a heart rending insight into the trials and tribulations of a family looking for “the promised land”.
    Star rating: ****


  3. Review by Perspectives
    Our group found this a fascinating, multi-layered book, beautifully written. Excellent for a reading group to discuss.
    Star rating: ****


  4. Review by Morning Tide Group, Lee-on-the-Solent
    The story of the people in the farmlands of the dustbowl of Oklahoma and their move to California after the 1931 depression and the following years with the land ruined by hurricanes and then droughts. A marvellous book, difficult to read but a classic. Enjoyed by us all.
    Star rating: ****


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