Drawing characters based on his memories of real inhabitants of Monterey, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack, and his boys, in a world where only the fittest survive, in a novel that focuses on the acceptance of life as it is--a story at once humorous and poignant.Steinbeck returns to the same characters in Sweet Thursday, another book I enjoyed very much. Steinbeck had a wicked sense of humor, he could be laugh out loud funny while making his point.— Deon Stonehouse
First published in 1945, John Steinbeck's classic novel "Cannery Row "paints a picture of West Coast neighborhood life in the era following the Great Depression. Mack, the leader of a group of local bums, decides that he wants to do something nice for Doc, a marine biologist and neighborhood genius, so he throws Doc a party in his lab. When Doc returns home--late because he was doing research on the seashore--the party is already over and his lab has been trashed. Ashamed of the mess they've made, Mack and his friends make another attempt at celebrating Doc, this time with more success. A series of vignettes, introducing other residents such as Lee Chong, the Chinese grocer who extends credit to help Mack with his party, and Dora, the kind-hearted madam of the local brothel, complements the main story and offers a rich panorama of life on Cannery Row. "Publicada por primera vez en 1945, la novela clasica de John Steinbeck" Cannery Row" retrata la vida de un barrio en la Costa O""este en los anos despues de la Gran Depresion. Mack, el lider de un grupo de vagabundos, decide que quiere hacer una buena accion a Doc, un biologo marino y el genio del barrio, asi que organiza una fiesta para Doc en su laboratorio. Cuando Doc regresa a casa--tarde porque estaba haciendo investigacion a la orilla del mar--la fiesta ya ha terminado y su laboratorio ha quedado destrozado. Avergonzados por el lio que han hecho, Mack y sus amigos intentan otra vez agasajar a Doc, esta vez con mas exito. Una serie de vinetas, introduciendo otros residentes como Lee Chong, el tendero chino quien le extiende credito a Mack para ayudar con la fiesta, y Dora, la bondadosa madame de un burdel, complementa la historia principal y ofrece una panorama rica de la vida en Cannery Row.
About the Author
John Steinbeck was a novelist and dramatist whose most famous works include "East of Eden," "The Grapes of Wrath," and "Of Mice and Men." He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962. Jose Luis Piquero is a writer and a translator whose other translations include "The Great Gatsby "and "This Side of Paradise."