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Title:Cannery Row
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:Penguin Books
ISBN:014200068X
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Number of Pages:181
Category:Classics, Fiction, Literature, Historical fiction, American

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Cannery Row i Cannery Row i 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 i Cannery Row i 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 .

Sweet Thursday is the sequel to Cannery Row

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i Cannery Row i 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 br br The story of i Cannery Row i 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 br br Sweet Thursday is the sequel to Cannery Row, Taken by surprise a small coastal town is overrun by an invading army with little resistance The town is important because it is a port that serves a large coal mine Colonel Lanser the head of the invading battalion along with his staff establishes his HQ in the house of the democratically elected and popular Mayor Orden br br As the reality of occupation sinks in and the weather turns bleak with the snows beginning earlier than usual the simple peaceful people of the town are angry and confused Colonel Lanser a veteran of many wars tries to operate under a veil of civility and law but in his heart he knows that there are no peaceful people amongst those whose freedom has been taken away by force The veil is soon torn apart when Alexander Morden an erstwhile alderman and a free man is ordered to work in the mine He strikes out at Captain Loft with a pick axe but Captain Bentick steps into its path and dies of it After a summary trial Morden is executed by a firing squad This incident catalyzes the people of the town and they settle into a slow silent waiting revenge Sections of the railroad linking the port with the mine get damaged regularly the machinery breaks down often and the dynamo of the electricity generators gets short circuited Whenever a soldier relaxes his guard drinks or goes out with a woman he is killed Mayor Orden stands by his people and tries to explain to Col Lanser that his goal to break man s spirit permanently is impossible br br The cold weather and the constant fear weighs heavy on the occupying force many of whom wish the war to end so that they can return home They realize the futility of the war and that the flies have conquered the flypaper Some members of the resistance escape to England and ask the English for explosives so that the townspeople can intensify their efforts English planes parachute drop small packages containing dynamite sticks and chocolates all around the town In a state of panic the army takes the Mayor and his friend Dr Winter the town doctor and historian hostage and lets it be known that any action from resistance will lead to their execution Mayor Orden knows that nothing can stop his people and that his death is imminent He tells his wife that while he can be killed the idea of Mayor and freedom and democracy is beyond the reach of any army Before his execution Mayor Orden reminds Dr Winter of the dialogues of Socrates in the Apology a part he played in the high school play and tells him to make sure that the debt is repaid to the army i e that the resistance is continued, Set in the rich farmland of California s Salinas Valley this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families the Trasks and the Hamiltons whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes the mystery of identity the inexplicability of love and the murderous consequences of love s absence, Like his father and grandfather before him Kino is a poor diver gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the kings of Spain and now provide Kino Juana and their infant son with meager subsistence Then on a day like any other Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull s egg as perfect as the moon With the pearl comes hope the promise of comfort and of security br br A story of classic simplicity based on a Mexican folk tale i The Pearl i explores the secrets of man s nature greed the darkest depths of evil and the luminous possibilities of love