- Title: Murder
- Author: John Steinbeck
- ISBN: 9780141022420
- Page: 386
- Format: Paperback
Combining despair, determination and optimism, the writing of John Steinbeck gave a powerful voice to the suffering poor of America during the Depression and beyond, and Penguin have made the whole range of his most well loved novels including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men available to millions of readers These four tales consider the struggle for survival in 19Combining despair, determination and optimism, the writing of John Steinbeck gave a powerful voice to the suffering poor of America during the Depression and beyond, and Penguin have made the whole range of his most well loved novels including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men available to millions of readers These four tales consider the struggle for survival in 1940s America, against a backdrop of majestic beauty The Chrysanthemums Breakfast The Vigilante The Murder.
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The four short stories in this small collection - The Chrysanthemums, Breakfast, The Vigilante, and The Murder - are set in early 20th century America, focusing mostly on rural communities.Of the four, I wouldn’t say any really stood out as particularly great which is disappointing as John Steinbeck is easily one of my favourite writers.The Murder is about an American farmer who marries an eastern European woman but the gulf between their cultures proves too great and they drift apart. She fin [...]
The short story "Vigilante" got to me the most because sadly, so little has changed since the 1940s. "The Murder" was a gripping story and so was "The Chrysanthemums", both portraying the role of women in America at the time.
Feeling all disturbed and gross after the last two stories in this collection a spectacular read.
Complete waste of my time.
(This review is for the single short story, The Murder, by John Steinbeck)Steinbeck has an understated style of writing that is so frighteningly disarming. The worlds he creates with an economy of words are so very real, perfectly normal, beautiful in their everyday familiarity, that even a minor nuance of change in expression or tone can have great impact. This is multiple times true when a steady and familiar setting is disturbed by horror and death. I read horror fiction. This short story by [...]
John Steinbeck's finely crafted stories are set - as much of his writing - in the western USA, where life is tough and not always precisely regulated by law. Besides the themes of poverty, or, sometimes a more affluent lifestyle which is still extremely hard work because of man's grappling with nature, other themes come to the foreground. In 'The vigilante' racism underlies the lynching that takes place, but other relationships and attitudes are also investigated. In 'The chrysanthemums' there i [...]
I haven't read any Steinbeck in years, and I'd forgotten how good his writing is. Like Of Mice and Men (the only other book I've read of his), the short stories of Murder capture glimpses of America's great depression. They very casually show the issues that arose on a day to day basis: the way women were kept only as housewives, the way men could lynch a black man and be branded vigilantes, the way a rich white man could get away with murder. It's profound in that the every day style - the smal [...]
This is a very small book with short stories from Steinbeck. I have to say that the only story worth reading was actually the one that gives name to the book. About this american farmer guy that marries a quiet polish girl and one day he finds her fucking her cousin in his bed and kills the guy and doesn't get arrested for that (the authorities knew about).
Steinbeck is just one of the greatest authors whose descriptions of emotions are just superb, read this for an excellent example.
Four slight but enjoyable stories by American icon Steinbeck
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