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by Pascal Covici,John Steinbeck

Free eBook The Portable Steinbeck download ISBN: 0670010022
Author: Pascal Covici,John Steinbeck
Publisher: Viking Adult (August 29, 1957)
Language: English
Category: Imaginative Literature
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The Portable Steinbeck is a grand sampling of this writer's most important works.

The Portable Steinbeck is a grand sampling of this writer's most important works. Here are the complete novels Of Mice and Men and The Red Pony together with self-contained excerpts from The Long Valley, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle (celebrated as America's best strike novel ), The Grapes of Wrath, his epic of the Okie migration of the Great Depression, Cannery Row, East of Eden, Travels with Charley and other books; two previously. uncollected short stories; and the 1962 Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.

The Portable Steinbeck book. Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley John Steinbeck III was an American writer

The Portable Steinbeck book. Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley John Steinbeck III was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories.

Shillinglaw, a major league academic professional, chooses to write personally about why she still aches for Steinbeck after all these years, and why it's so easy for other 21st century readers to love the long-ago Nobel Laureate, too.

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The Portable Steinbeck is a grand sampling of John Steinbeck's most important and popular works.

He wrote about poor people struggling to survive and about dispossessed people grappling for a piece of land they could call their own. He wrote about inarticulate men groping to express truths locked in wordlessness. He wrote about America-the land and the people-as though it were one living organism, and he did so more eloquently than anyone since Walt Whitman.

The Portable John Steinbeck. from many of his other books, short stories, and his 1962 Nobel. Prize Acceptance Speech. ISBN 978-0-14-015002-5.

A collection of Steinbeck's work containing: Of Mice and Men; The Red Pony; The Long Valley, The Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, Indubious Battle, The Grapes of Wrath, Sea of Cortez, Cannery Row, The Winter of Our Discontent, and other selections. ISBN13: 9780140150025. Release Date: October 1976.

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A useful introduction to Steinbeck's stories, including a thoughtful introduction by Pat Covici Jr., a professor and the son of Steinbeck's longtime publisher.
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I would classify this as a great intro to Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men is here in full, as are several of his short stories. The rest of the book is admittedly excerpts from The Grapes of Wrath, Sea of Cortez, East of Eden and other works. Steinbeck's masterful descriptions of his characters and the settings provide a rich background for stories largely set some 75 years ago in rural California. A rich introduction to a great American author, and at the used prices here, probably a must add to your collection, or for your teen student.
Excellent collection of a great author
The product description says "A collection of Steinbeck's work." It fails to say "excerpts from Steinbeck novels." In other words it does any of his complete novels -- just parts selected.
For me, this was a difficult review to write. Since this book is mostly a collection of excerpts from Steinbeck's writings, the intent of compiling them must have been more than just as a quick and dirty review of his writings. It had to have been some larger purpose such as to get a better fix on what was going on in the writer's mind as he set about the work of writing? And thus, in the end, it also must have been to help us decode the mystery that lies behind the particular writing style of Mr. Steinbeck. Anyway, this is how I approached reading these excerpts -- most of which I had seen before, but not in many years. Next to Hemmingway, Koestler, Sartre, Baldwin Dostoevsky, and E. L. Doctorow, Steinbeck is the only other author I have dug deep enough into to try and understand how they put the ideas in their heads together, and then spit them out into the world on paper in written form.

In this regard, I do not believe it is just coincidental that they all turn out to be existentialists, whether they acknowledged it or not. From re-reading the two novels compiled in this volume, plus a number of the excerpts, I finally have no doubt that Steinbeck also is an existentialist. But I am also equally sure that if one were to confront him with this fact, he would reject being tagged with that or with any other such label. As it is surely one of the signature attributes of his writing as well as of his personality that it is difficult to "tie him down" to a recognizable "type;" or for that matter, to be able to label his views as being of a particular school, or of a particular bent -- whether that be literary, philosophical or political.

Yet, with the help of this beautifully written introduction by Pascal Covici, the editor, (which I shamelessly leaned on to help round out my own views about Steinbeck's writings), the underlying pattern to Steinbeck's thinking and writing does indeed emerge from my fog -- at least when it is coupled like a caboose to Mr. Covici's clarity. Some of these were indeed already clear to me from my own reading of Steinbeck, which began when I was about fifteen. On others, the author's clear concise analysis helped me tremendously to clarify the fuzziness about Steinbeck in my own head. I will forever be grateful to Mr. Covici for that.

I first encountered John Steinbeck via his "Grapes of Wrath," as an exercise in an Evelyn Woods speed reading class at the age of 15. We actually had to read the book twice in one hour -- 30 minutes per read-through. And the wonderful thing about speed-reading is that you are so violently torn away from the mooring of individual words (the proverbial trees) in the first read through, that by the second read through you see nothing but the larger ideas and themes (the proverbial forest) jumping off the page at you. In fact, in speed-reading, you have no choice but to see the forest, since the trees (the words) go by so fast that the transfer from eye to mind is direct. While speed reading, one does not have the luxury of taking the more leisurely route through the normal intermediate steps: of eyes; then a preview on the mind's TV screen of consciousness; and then to the brain, and then finally on to the mind.

It is not an exaggeration to say that I got more out of reading "The Grapes of Wrath" twice in two hours than I had gotten out of reading any book at any speed up to that point in my life. The concentration was pure and unadulterated, unhindered by intermediate steps or interpretations. And the best proof of the effectiveness of the speed-reading techniques is that the details of the narrative stuck! Even today, more than 50 years later, I can still remember every scene in that book as clear as if I had just finished reading it today.

Sadly, since then I have slowly unlearned much of the speed-reading techniques under the propagandistic and tyrannical cultural teaching that "it is better to savory each word" -- especially if it is literature where writing technique is so much more important in conveying ideas than the substance, and thus must be appreciated? However, I believe purpose and motivation connected to substance should trump and override appreciation as an unchallenged guide to effective reading. Sometimes, a reader only wants to get to the heart of the matter, to answer directly the questions that need answers. This is when speed reading is the most effective. At other times, he simply do not want to speed read. He may not want to put his brain in fourth gear. It has nothing to do with wanting to appreciate or savior literary technique? At still other times, a reader may want to read only to appreciate the author's technique, the literature.

And while it is true that my concentration was at least 90% better speed reading than during normal reading; and my scene recall even after 50 years is still nearly 100%, I must admit that after speed-reading Steinbeck, except for what was acquired via osmosis from the scenes, I had no clue about his writing techniques, or about how he approached language per se, or about what his views were? My teachers would have said to me back in 1958, that I had read Steinbeck, but had yet not appreciated him; and they would have been correct. Now at 71, I finally have the chance to go back and try to appreciate John Steinbeck.

Deconstructing Steinbeck

What we learn from a careful reading of this collection is that the craft of writing, in Steinbeck's hands, is merely a crude or clumsy attempt to find symbols to express in the simplest and cleanest way possible the thoughts he has locked up very deep within his mind. What the reader must decode in order to comprehend Steinbeck is the level of awareness he was using at the time he picks up his pen. Therein lies all the secrets.
In fact, one of the most enduring memories of Steinbeck's writings is that the reader is left only with the impressions of the struggles his characters engage in as they reach for various levels of awareness. It is thus inescapable to conclude from this that embedded within the images of his character's struggles, is Steinbeck's own identity, his humanity, and a very large part of his inscrutable personality.

And here of course we mean his concern for the downtrodden, his human values, his warmth and love for his fellow man -- especially the working man; his patriotic love for the smell of America, his land; his celebration of the American character; and finally, the secrets we see tucked behind his inscrutable Mona Lisa like half smile. In short, and in retrospect, and after re-reading these excerpts, it is impossible not to see Steinbeck as a sentimental existentialist social reformer. But in all of this, he refuses to bow to being a "preacher" of social reform or of anything else. In this respect he is a literary "purest." His messages are always oblique, at an angle, buried in the subtext, coming at you from many different angles out of left field. He is never obvious and rarely direct: Subtle is the word when speaking of John Steinbeck.

He brings the reader to the trough of deep human concern but does not make him drink. As a reader, you are required to drink completely on your own. As Mr. Covici has pointed out in his introduction, there is something random about the way Steinbeck arranges the lives of his characters on the palette -- as if they and this world are without any guiding signposts, or purpose (Covici has labeled it "non-teleological). I agree with him that Steinbeck uses his novels to leave us alone to struggle with the pointlessness of man's existence in this world. He does this through his characters as much as through his plots.

If there is anything that could be more existentialist than this, then I am" all ears." Thus, in a real sense, Steinbeck's writings are his way of unlocking his own ideas and releasing them out into a random pointless world, The greatest gift Steinbeck has bequeathed to us is his wordless secrets. He does this through exquisite craftsmanship as well as through his own particular language of awareness. Five Stars.
A great introduction to the quality of John Steinbeck's masterful writing. This is simply meant to be a broad survey of his work, not intended to be complete, yet is thorough nonetheless. Herein you will find representative short stories from The Long Valley and Pastures of Heaven, the complete versions of The Red Pony and Of Mice and Men, and excerpts from all his major novels. Novel excerpts are often tricky to present out of context, and often fall flat, but these selections, especially from The Grapes of Wrath, Tortilla Flat, and East of Eden are powerful pieces of literature, booming with the resonance of Steinbeck's voice. A book such as this is ideal for the traveler, casual reader, or initiate to John Steinbeck, and will most likely be the stepping stone for some to his complete works. A special bonus to this book is Steinbeck's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, discussing the responsibilities of a writer--one more testimony to his depth and brilliance.