What is cannery row by steinbeck about

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what is cannery row by steinbeck about

The Bathroom by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

First published in France in 1985, The Bathroom was Jean-Philippe Toussaints debut novel, and it heralded a new generation of innovative French literature. In this playful and perplexing book, we meet a young Parisian researcher who lives inside his bathroom. As he sits in his tub meditating on existence (and refusing to tell us his name), the people around him—his girlfriend, Edmondsson, the Polish painters in his kitchen—each in their own way further enables his peculiar lifestyle, supporting his eccentric quest for immobility. But an invitation to the Austrian embassy shakes up his stable world, prompting him to take a risk and leave his bathroom . . .
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Cannery Row by John Steinbeck review

John Steinbeck is one of the best-known and most revered American literary figures.
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Cannery Row

If you like, you can take that statement at face value. Jokes about booze and sex and food tend to have a good shelf life. Similarly, the book is dripping in nostalgia, not to mention sentimentality. Steinbeck clearly loves his central character, marine biologist Doc who was based on his close friend Ed Ricketts , as much as everyone in the book. As much as poor weak-minded Frankie, whose keening devotion and desire to give the Doc something precious eventually lands him on the wrong side of the law and facing life in an asylum — which we learn in a scene so plangent you can almost hear the swelling strings. Finally, there is not one mention of the war. But when a book published in so studiously avoids war, it just makes you wonder about it all the more.

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Tales of Cannery Row: Ed Ricketts and John Steinbeck

Cannery Row is a book without much of a plot. Rather, it is an attempt to capture the feeling and people of a place, the cannery district of Monterey, California, which is populated by a mix of those down on their luck and those who choose for other reasons not to live "up the hill" in the more respectable area of town. The flow of the main plot is frequently interrupted by short vignettes that introduce us to various denizens of the Row, most of whom are not directly connected with the central story. These vignettes are often characterized by direct or indirect reference to extreme violence: suicides, corpses, and the cruelty of the natural world. The "story" of Cannery Row follows the adventures of Mack and the boys, a group of unemployed yet resourceful men who inhabit a converted fish-meal shack on the edge of a vacant lot down on the Row. Mack and the boys want to do something nice for Doc, the proprietor of a biological supply house on the Row who is a gentle and intellectual man and a friend and caretaker to all but who always seems haunted by a certain melancholy.

When the logging industry collapsed in Oakridge, Oregon, the town reinvented itself as a haven for mountain bikers. Downtown Tacoma, Washington — once shattered by depression and crime — now revolves around the Museum of Glass made famous by artist Dale Chihuly, who was born in the city. Monterey, California, represents one of the most successful examples of the resuscitation of a struggling city. In a story that begins in and concludes in , she chronicles the process of gentrification and its various losses and gains, both economic and social. His lab and marine biology supply house on the Row hosted salon-style debates with the likes of writer Henry Miller, mythologist Joseph Campbell and composer John Cage. He stitches up her head wound after a fall and then proceeds to seduce her on the single bed in his lab.

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  1. Oliverio A. says:

    Cannery Row is a novel by American author John Steinbeck, published in It is set during the Great Depression in Monterey, California, on a street lined.

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  4. Zachary B. says:

    Cannery Row is a “kind of nostalgic thing”, according to John Steinbeck. He wrote it, as he explained in a essay, “for a group of soldiers.

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