The Critical Response to John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

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inconsistencies serve to make the ending, playing on the Everyman's Library motif, seem facile and insincere even though the qualifier, "occasionally," shows that what at first seems to be a compliment is given grudgingly, withholding as much praise as it gives:

The book occasionally offers one of the rarest and most gratifying pleasures that literature opens up to us. We behold in it that little miracle of transformation by which, with just a bit of fleshing out, a stick figure becomes an Everyman. (xvi)

This review is an original contribution to this text.


Notes
1.
( New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993). Hereafter references to this work appear parenthetically in the text.
2.
( New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992), 229.
3.
"A New Consideration of the Intercalary Chapters in The Grapes of Wrath," Markham Review, May 1973.
4.
San Jose Studies ( San Jose State University), 1 ( November 1975).
5.
South Dakota Review, 34. 2 (Summer 1996), 192-205.
6.
He also bemoans the opposite: "Most books by Steinbeck leave one unable to shake a regretful sense--in view of his many strengths--of how much better a writer he might have been" (xv).

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