Cannery Row

Cannery Row ➿ Cannery Row Free ➶ Author 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 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 therespectable 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 Cannery Row PDF/EPUB ² 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 worldThe 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 RowSweet Thursday is the sequel to Cannery Row.

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

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    iOS for the iPad is the biggest iOS release ever to live up the hill in therespectable 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 Cannery Row PDF/EPUB ² 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 worldThe 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 RowSweet Thursday is the sequel to Cannery Row."/>
  • Paperback
  • 181 pages
  • Cannery Row
  • John Steinbeck
  • English
  • 05 August 2018
  • 9780142000687

10 thoughts on “Cannery Row

  1. Jason says:

    Man, I love Steinbeck I love the simplicity of his characters and the humdrum feeling their lives evoke I love the indigence of his settings and the candidness with which these characters accept their conditions I love how quietly he frames his stories with comments on fatalism, while still revealing to us the potential for happiness that pushes at its surface, trying to elbow its way out At its core, the Steinbeck novel want us to figure out how to embrace the cards life has dealt us It knows that the sooner we do, the sooner that happiness can become ours for the taking It might be a fatalistic coin we re being asked to pocket, but it s a coin on which has been embossed a seal of optimism.But he certainly doesn t make it very easy The characters in his books are so far down the economic ladder you need a pair of binoculars to find them And when you do spot them, you discover they are haggling over nickels and frogs You almost want to step in and give them a Lowe s gift card, just to make things a little easier for them But Steinbeck characters don t need your damn Lowe s gift card The point is not to move up that ladder it s to find comfort with the rung you re already on If they can recognize that, why can t you And that s the thing about Steinbeckian characters they often possess a deeper level of knowledge and understanding than their financial statuses or their grammar would otherwise suggest There are also usually one or two who stand out from the rest for their capacity to grasp and relay human need Where Ma Joad was just such a character in The Grapes of Wrath, it is Doc who lays it to us straight in Cannery Row The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self interest are the traits of success And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second Ruminating on the contradictory nature of being human, wherein one s needs are in direct competition with one s moral goals, Doc reminds us what s worth appreciating about Mack and his Flophouse friends Sure, they manipulate a situation for an advantageous edge if they can, and sure their idea of a party would make Clarissa Dalloway scream in mortified horror, but when all is said and done, they are honest with their friends and true to themselves in their dealings, and that is what makes their lives at least that part of it worth emulating.So keep your Lowe s gift cards They are not wanted here.

  2. Jeffrey Keeten says:

    Doc would listen to any kind of nonsense and turn it into wisdom His mind had no horizon and his sympathy had no warp He could talk to children, telling them very profound things so that they understood He lived in a world of wonders, of excitement He was concupiscent as a rabbit and gentle as hell Everyone who knew him was indebted to him And everyone who thought of him thought next, I really must do something nice for Doc Cannery Row Doc is one of those fictional characters that never leaves a reader s memory This book is dedicated to a man by the name of Ed Ricketts who was a marine biologist with a lab, like Doc, on Cannery Row in Monterey, California Whenever I discover that a fictional character is based on a real person, it seems to lend extra life to that fictional person It puts bones under the skin and blood in the veins It becomes evident, very quickly, how much John Steinbeck admired Ricketts The biologist has a profound impact on his writing and also on the writing of Joseph Campbell, who, like Steinbeck, lived in Monterey and spent as much time in Ricketts s lab as possible The influence of Ricketts on Steinbeck is palpable in The Pearl, Cannery Row, Sweet Thursday, The Log of the Sea of Cortez, The Moon is Down, and The Grapes of Wrath Ricketts death, killed tragically young when his car is hit by a Del Monte Express Train just up the hill from Cannery Row, has a profound impact on many people Steinbeck s writing suffers after the death of his friend, and in the opinion of many critics, his writing after 1948 is diminished, except for his final epic East of Eden Edward RickettsIt makes me wonder, would we know John Steinbeck s name if he d never met Ed Ricketts Or what if he had never been influenced by what he experienced while living in Cannery Row It is a place at the right time tailor made to inspire a writer Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses Its inhabitant are, as the man once said, whores, pimps, gamblers and sons of bitches, by which he meant Everybody Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, Saints and angels and martyrs and holymen and he would have meant the same thing Lee Chong runs the grocery store which is really a general store because you can find just about anything that you need and most things you never knew you wanted Lee never discounts Everything is the price it was when it was first carried in the door He rents out a building he acquired as trade for an overdue grocery bill to a group of layabout guys who work when they have to, but choose not to work when they absolutely don t need any money It was interesting to see a bit into the mind of Lee as he ponders the universe and weighs the benefits and risks of any investment He has an ongoing financial battles with the boys from The Palace Flophouse and Grill, which is the rather creative name the guys decided to use to refer to the Lee Chong storage shed, as they try to tempt him into their many doomed enterprises There is also Dora Flood who manages the Bear Flag Restaurant, but she is accurately described as Madam Flood as the Bear Flag Restaurant isn t a restaurant, but a whorehouse She gives twice as much to charitable organizations as anyone else She bends over backwards Not so much over a bed any to help people in need She never turns a whore out when they get too old to be productive Some of them don t turn three tricks a month, but they go right on eating three meals a day She is a whore with the heart of gold, but with an astute head for trying to not agitate the conservative wives of the community Ed Ricketts s lab on Cannery Row.Doc is lonely, but he isn t alone He doesn t have a John Steinbeck living next door or a Joseph Campbell living down the street, but he never seems to lack for female companionship Whenever the Sistine Choir or Gregorian Chants can be heard coming from Doc s laboratory everyone knows he is in the midst of wooing well on his way to fornicating Doc takes a road trip down the coast of California to collect some specimens for his laboratory We travel along with him and as the towns are listed offSalinas, Gonzales, King City, Paso Robles, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara I had a distinct heart pain of longing for the Golden State He stops off frequently to sample the local cuisine and also manages to cross a very unusual concoction off his bucket list If a man ordered a beer milkshake he d better do it in a town where he wasn t known He orders than once while on this trip a healthy slice of pineapple and blue cheese pie It sounds so weird that I have to try it Steinbeck sprinkles in some poetry from Black Marigolds by E Powys Mathers It is sensual and evocative poetry Even nowDeath sends me the flickering of powdery lidsOver wild eyes and the pity of her slim bodyAll broken up with the weariness of joy The little red flowers of her breasts to be my comfortMoving above scarves, and for my sorrowWet crimson lips that once I marked as mine Steinbeck includes several stanzas and with each one I read my appreciation for Mathers continued to grow This book is an ode to a friend, an ode to a period of time when I can tell Steinbeck may have felt most alive, and it is an ode to Cannery Row A perfect storm of diverse elements that contributed to making Steinbeck one of the Great American Writers There is a film version of the book starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger which I have queued up to watch sometime this week It looks like they muck up the film version with a love story, but I will reserve judgment until I ve actually watched it If you wish to see of my most recent book and 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  3. Brina says:

    One of my favorite childhood memories was my family vacation to California the year I turned nine On that trip one of our stops was the Monterey Bay Aquarium As a lover of all things marine biology I was captivated by the flora and fauna of the aquarium for an entire day Before there was an aquarium near Monterey s beach front, the city was home to a few block stretch of fish and fruit canneries so eloquently portrayed in Steinbeck s Cannery Row, the author s homage to depression era Monterey In this telling historical fiction, the Nobel Laureate creates archetypes of characters who made central California home during a trying time in American history.Depression era Monterey, California is a quiet community comprised of canneries, whore houses, a few general stores, and one biologist named Doc who is forever tinkering with experiments in his laboratory Most people are short on funds and use the barter system to get by and many creatively create homes out of deserted steam ovens and warehouses Despite being short on funds, liquor is always flowing, whore house business is prosperous, and most people appear for the most part happy with their station in life despite the lack of money Mack and his gang of delinquents call a warehouse owned by Lee Chong home in exchange for only shopping in his general store and never stealing his goods They come up with one charade and adventure after another in attempt to earn enough money to get by Often, Mack asks Doc if the gang can obtain him frogs or cats or other animals in exchange for spending money Although Doc realizes that this gang is only after a good time, he usually resists because he shows them sympathy in their impoverished station in life when people are looking for a morale booster so than bettering their place in society Such is the life on cannery row in Monterey, California.Steinbeck writes in such a captivating style that makes him one of America s master story tellers This book goes off on tangents that at times makes the story hard to follow however, this is the nature of Mack s sense of going in the direction of whatever adventure is thrown at him Yet, even if he is borrowing a car to go frogging or throwing a disastrous party at Doc s lab, his compass ends up on Cannery Row I enjoyed Steinbeck s depictions of Monterey and the time period so that Mack s adventures When describing his cast of characters, Steinbeck got to the gist of the story and painted a picture of the time period whereas Mack s exploits at times took away from the rest of the good people of Monterey and left me wanting knowledge of daily life in Monterey In a book under two hundred pages, I was able to read quickly from chapter to chapter to discover how life in Monterey and how each character coped with the times of nationwide depression.One facet of this novella that left me wanting was the minimal development of female characters Mary Talbot made the most of her situation by joining the Bloomer League and throwing parties, and eventually she threw a pregnancy party for herself Mrs Malloy made the best out of living inside a steam oven but little is said about her character and interests The most development given to female characters in Cannery Row is that of Madam Dora and her whores It appears as though Dora fancies Doc but there is little to advance the story line Otherwise, the whores simply exist to provide a good time to fishermen and canners and other men who are seeking a quick fix for their personal depression I would have liked to see character development for Dora, but as this book focused on the exploits of Mack and his gang, Steinbeck simply did not have the space to focus on each character as he would in a full length novel.Cannery Row demonstrates Steinbeck s story telling skills while also painting a picture of California during the depression Most people appeared to desire a good time and quick fix for their troubles without contemplating long term solutions for their own and the country s money troubles The only character who had foresight was Doc who behind the scenes was creating the basis for what would be Monterey s famed aquarium I enjoyed reading this novella, which I liked than the last Steinbeck story that I read, and it left me desiring to return to his work sometime in the future.4 stars

  4. Dolors says:

    Why does Steinbeck s narrative voice entice me so, I ve been asking myself over the past few days In my second reading of this novella, which has become a favorite of mine, I realized that it s his unshakeable belief in mankind Steinbeck reinvents the concept of family and expands its boundaries with his blatant love for humanity Nobody is homeless in Cannery Row, not even imps or prostitutes, destitute painters or big hearted biologists, mentally impaired kids or immigrant shopkeepers Even mongrels and frogs are treated with decorum in this picturesque portrait of comradeship in Monterrey, California.Interweaving a wide array of anecdotes with symbolic connotations, Steinbeck paints decent lives for the dispossessed that endure the sentence of social marginalization Unexpected dignity comes in the form of reciprocal support, selfless loyalty and the humbling acceptance of the foibles of human condition and, as if by some sort of magic, the unappealing milieu of rattling caravans, crumbling shacks and noisy honky tonks constitute an enchanting place where people live for themselves and need very little to reach serenity of mind.The spell of Steinbeck s soothing prose settles in and Mack and the boys, troublesome rascals, become the Beauties, the Graces and the Virtues of this vibrant community Doc, whose faith in the goodness of mankind is as fervent as his devotion to the mysteries of marine biology, is the converging point that brings out the best in his fellowmen, modeled after his creator His compassion is genuine and carries not a hint of condescendence, and so when he listens to his friends predicaments or to one of his albums of Gregorian music at the hour of the pearl, he is equally overcome by the joy of extending unconditional friendship or by his not unwelcome loneliness.But watch out Don t allow yourself to be misled Steinbeck, like Doc, doesn t offer a glorified, syrupy version of the hardships of life while sermonizing on the benefits of collective insurgency his clear cut vision synthesizes the healing compassion that human beings are capable of and inspires us to find poetry in the most prosaic, even the most repulsive of things.There is an irresistible modesty in Steinbeck s minimalistic yet deeply charged prose The half deprecating, half dramatic tone in which he paints these stories gives a tragicomic intensity to the clumsy, reprovable characters and tinges their daily tribulations with an authentic tenderness that pierces right through the thickest skins Cannery Road is a toast to ordinariness, an unabashed portrayal of men at his worst shinning with the best of human condition, an ode to the invisible treasures of life.I dare you who read to look at the world through Steinbeck s eyes.And you will see a cocktail prepared with drink leftovers and cheap whisky become a delicatessen, if shared in good company.A disastrous birthday party the much desired present that restores lost innocence.The high tides and waves splashing on the rocks under the piers the perfect moonlight sonata at the time after the light has come and before the sun has risen.And Black Marigolds that wither with the evanescence of life an eternal blessing.Even now Even here Even for us.

  5. Lisa says:

    When it rains, and rains, and rains, I drink my morning coffee and think of sunny California Of Steinbeck, of course Not that the world is perfect in his imagination than in my reality Far from it But it is dusty and dry, and that seems like a welcome change sometimes His characters would of course drink their coffee, stare at the dust and hope for rain and mud Such is the world As there are countless wonderful real reviews of this classic already, but I feel I have to add my enthusiasm about spending delicious hours rereading Cannery Row, laughing tears of amusement and sorrow, I will offer a little prayer quote, as honest as can be, the absolute antithesis to the equally powerful, yet hypocritical rhetoric of an Elmer Gantry Our Father who art in nature, who has given the gift of survival to the coyote, the common brown rat, the English sparrow, the house fly and the moth, must have a great and overwhelming love for no goods and blots on the town and bums, and Mack and the boys Virtues and graces and laziness and zest Our Father who art in nature As it is Saturday, and I am a lazy bum, this will have to do for a review of an all time favourite.Amen I rest my case.

  6. Ben says:

    I first read this many years ago Riddled with ADD, frozen by nervousness, and thrown off by wack ass hormones, I had trouble reading anything at the time, and this was no exception A parable of my formerly wasted time on earth, I read it and got nothing out of it Hell, I didn t even remember I had read it until I started it again 10 days ago.But oh did I appreciate it this go round Steinbeck got me to like the kind of people that, at first judgment, I would deem ignorant, annoying, or maybe even dangerous The kind of people with brains attuned to a totally different frequency than my own people so different from myself, that I d probably be pretty freaking uncomfortable if I met them I d maybe even feel threatened by them This, of course, is not because Mack and his motley crew are actually bad guys Sure they re slick and they ll take you for a ride if they can but they almost always mean well, and they are not bad people Mack and the boys aren t enclosed by the excesses and goal driven constructs that trap most of the population They live in the moment and are free from most worries They are content, and are therefore happy The Doctor a very memorable character, and a hero of sorts to the people of Cannery Row says it best Look at them There are your true philosophers I think that Mack and the boys know everything that has ever happened in the world and possibly everything that will happen I think they survive in this particular world better than other people In a time when people tear themselves to pieces with ambition and nervousness and covetousness, they are relaxed All of our so called successful men are sick men, with bad stomachs, and bad souls, but Mack and the boys are healthy and curiously clean They can do what they want They can satisfy their appetites without calling them something else Cannery Row was written and ordered expertly, with each chapter short but packing a punch And while the characters for the most part remain pretty freakin lovable, Steinbeck true to life hits us with dark surprises throughout People seem to have memories and favorite scenes from this novel that they recall years later the dead girl, Henri the painter, the beer milkshake, the ice skater, to name a few My favorite and most memorable scene was a full chapter, only a few pages long, in which Steinbeck takes one of his brilliantly dark detours from the main narrative, to tell us about a gopher yes, a gopher In a vacant lot on Cannery Row, the gopher finds the perfect spot for a burrow Through strategy, hard work, and passion, the gopher makes himself his ideal home He loads up food for his future offspring, and enjoys his nice view and rich soil he is set for life But as time moves on, no female appears he remains alone The gopher gives up on his perfect home, and decides to move where he can find a mate.and ends up choosing a spot in a nearby garden that is full of gopher traps.I started reading heavily a little over a year ago Since then, I ve had dashes of great love for humanity which have taken place often, and have been piercing, than those that took place before I was a hardcore bookster Oh, I m still secretly of a hater than a lover, and ignorance still typically ticks me off But thanks to reading novels like this, I understand and love my fellow human beings a little And if I could keep within me, all the time, those aforementioned dashes of pure, radiating love in my heart, I think I d be perpetually happy But you know, life is flighty And these moments are few and far between Then again, I ll take what I can get.

  7. karen says:

    how do i review cannery row like all the steinbeck i have read, except the dead pony, of which i remember very little except not being too keen on it, it is saturated with these wonderful marginalized characters who are desperate and hopeless and yearning but they are surviving and there is so much beauty in the squalor it reminds me in my feeling parts of suttree, which is one of my all time favorite books this book is full of such well meaning ineptitude and many very serious things couched in an effortless prose that comes across as almost humorous, or rather, amused i m not sure how to articulate all that i am feeling for steinbeck right now this one will never be my favorite, but its been so long since i read him, i am remembering why i always list him when rattling off favorite authors when cornered by someone who wants something really american this certainly qualifies the frog story was the best thing i have read in a long time it didn t escape five stars by much, but there s a visceral reaction i get to certain books that i didn t get here but really a fucking gem.

  8. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Cannery Row Cannery Row 1 , John SteinbeckCannery Row is a novel by American author John Steinbeck, published in 1945 It is set during the Great Depression in Monterey, California, on a street lined with sardine canneries that is known as Cannery Row The story revolves around the people living there Lee Chong, the local grocer Doc, a marine biologist and Mack, the leader of a group of derelicts Cannery Row has a simple premise Mack and his friends are trying to do something nice for their friend Doc, who has been good to them without asking for reward Mack hits on the idea that they should throw a thank you party, and the entire community quickly becomes involved Unfortunately, the party rages out of control, and Doc s lab and home are ruined, and so is Doc s mood In an effort to return to Doc s good graces, Mack and the boys decide to throw another party but make it work this time A procession of linked vignettes describes the denizens lives on Cannery Row These constitute subplots that unfold concurrently with the main plot 1977 1344 239 20

  9. Dem says:

    Cannery Row is my 5th novel by John Steinbeck and while I enjoyed the read it isn t a standout novel for me like East of Eden or Of Mice and Men and I think this is down to the way in which the book is written as it lacks a plot and reads like a character study as we get a snapshot of the characters daily lives on Cannery Row I really liked the setting of the novel Published in 1945 it is set during the Great Depression in Monterey California on a street lined with Sardine Canneries known as Cannery Row We meet a host of interesting and entertaining characters who happen to live there and there is no definite plot to the novel, just every day life happenings for these entertaining characters and unlike some of Steinbeck s other novels it is not a depressing read and the characters do bring a smile to your face and I really enjoyed hanging out with them Not one for my favourites shelf but an easy and enjoyable read and a book that I am glad to have picked up and crossed off my TBR list I listened to this one on audio and enjoyed the experience.

  10. Kim says:

    I owe Mr Steinbeck an apology I am so shamed that I cannot even use the familiar John I have taken this beautiful story and mucked it up I read about Lee Chong during a middle school basketball game, I learned of Dora Flood while riding the shuttle bus to work I grew to love hate Mack during a cheerleading competition filthy with Rihanna songs I fell in love with Doc and Frankie and Darling while watching a traumatic brain injured patient freak out about his meds I am not worthy This series of stories is so breathtaking I may even go to California because of it before it was Big Sur that made me think of leaving my treasured New England, but now now I want to bask in the rubble of Cannery Row.Except, I can t can I Because it is set in a time that is so far off my radar It s set when credit bought you cheap whiskey and Model T s were interchangeable When squatters could make an old cannery their home and when artists could pretend to be French and live in a partially built boat Why do I wish for this It s depressing and everything feels soaked in sepia and I see pageboys and horny sailors and dare I say ruffians I am messed up.This is beautiful and sad and romantic and hopeful and tragic and wistful and.Everyone seems to have a favorite story the gopher, the party, the frog hunt I can t pinpoint one I can only describe emotions and even then, I feel like I cheated and was only able to give in to them superficially It s really hard to take in The word is a symbol and a delight which sucks up men and scenes, trees, plants, factories, and Pekinese Then the Thing becomes the Word and back to Thing again, but warped and woven into a fantastic pattern The Word sucks up Cannery Row, digests it and spews it out, and the Row has taken the shimmer of the green worlds and the sky reflecting seas while the bus driver is laying on his horn and swerving dangerously around a Subaru I love every part of this book Every word It conjures up whimsy and makes me feel like there is to life than vampires and reality shows and twitter and and.I also want to give a shout out to the reviews that many of my friends have posted Each are in itself a chapter, a slice of the Row I love that Sarah read this to her friends during a trip from Portland to Salinas I love that Ben is reminded of teenage fears that karen uses the phrase well meaning ineptitude and that I now have an image of Logan flirting it up with Steinbeck Thank you, Mr Steinbeck, thank you goodreaders, and thank you Carole Louise Dahl of Olympic Valley, CA for giving away this book so that I could buy it for a quarter at a library sale I am a better person for having read this on a side note does it detract from my appreciation if I mention how hot Steinbeck was

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