Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Book - 1992
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Unburdened by the material necessities of the more fortunate, the denizens of Cannery Row discover rewards unknown in more traditional society. Henry the painter sorts through junk lots for pieces of wood to incorporate into the boat he is building, while the girls from Dora Floodrsquo;s bordello venture out now and then to enjoy a bit of sunshine. Lee Chong stocks his grocery with almost anything a man could want, and Doc, a young marine biologist who ministers to sick puppies and unhappy souls, unexpectedly finds true love. Cannery Row is just a few blocks long, but the story it harbors is suffused with warmth, understanding, and a great fund of human values. First published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is-both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. John Steinbeck draws on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, and interweaves their stories in this world where only the fittest survive-creating what is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works. In Cannery Row, John Steinbeck returns to the setting of Tortilla Flat to create another evocative portrait of life as it is lived by those who unabashedly put the highest value on the intangibles-human warmth, camaraderie, and love.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1992, c1973
ISBN: 9780140177381
0140177388
Branch Call Number: FICTION STEINBECK
813 S8192can
Characteristics: 196 p. ; 18 cm

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ea304gt
Jul 05, 2019

Not as intense or profound as Grapes of Wrath, but quite enjoyable. The actual star is the town itself, Cannery Row in Monterrey, CA. As a good Fellini film, stuff simply happens. Lee Chong's magical store, Dora's etiquette whorehouse, a "residential" complex of abandoned boilers, a never-ending boat construction... and most importantly, the Palace Flophouse and the Marine Lab with Mack and Doc.
I've known some Macks in my life... They simply have a sixth sense that can read perfectly human pulses and figure out the best response for every situation. I bet that if you're left stranded with Mack in the middle of the desert, after a day, Mack will show up again with some help and an iced Coke.
You do want to meet Doc, do something nice for him, as just spend a couple of weeks on Cannery Row. Everything is brighter in California as they say.

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Fiction_librarian
Mar 06, 2019

What a writer. Very much worth rereading. In fact, I just read about a book titled Beyond Boundaries: Rereading John Steinbeck, edited by Susan Shillinglaw and Kevin Hearle. What a picture of life right after World War II in what was then a little known part of the world.

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InsJavert
Jan 29, 2019

I admire Steinbeck’s ability to put together words in such a manner as to draw your attention to their use and what those words bring together in your imagination. I was returning home from a trip, and as I was driving along, this story, as well as Steinbeck’s wordsmithing made for an enjoyable and delightful story.

A delightful story about a manager of characters all inter-connected by the cannery business. The opening of the book sets the tone and insight into the characters. What a lot of people would judge as the seedier side of life, these individuals all come together to portray life, or better yet, to reveal their lives to be so much as middle class, everyday public citizen. An interesting portrayal of life, its ups and downs, pursuits, achievements, relationships.

Numerous, revealing, and certainly amusing. I cannot recommend this book enough. You will be delightd as well as touched, both by the writing and most certainly the story and characters. Very enjoyable.

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jacekwalkowicz
Oct 15, 2018

happy and poor westerners on the sunny beach ++

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jmkwalkow
Sep 22, 2018

happy and poor westerners on the sunny beach

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brycej
Aug 13, 2016

Lovely delightful read with each sentence standing on its own. Visited Monterey , CA and Cannery Row recently making the read even more enjoyable.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

Cannery Row gives you glimpses of Steinbeck's wonderful scenes, memorable characters, breathtaking settings, humor and heartbreak, but they're just glimpses, and they're all just a bit out of focus

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Margush
Apr 15, 2016

This book is a treasure! It's absolutely hilarious, characters are loveable, dialogues are to die for and English... Or dear what an amazing knowledge and masterful use of English language. A very well deserved Nobel prize in literature by such an amazing talent as Mr. Steinbeck.

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chaplinist
Sep 14, 2015

I've been waiting for this for months. Why is it taking so long to process?

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elos
Nov 08, 2014

You will fall in love with the people of Cannery Row. Wonderful characters and excellent writing.

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Jul 05, 2019

ea304gt thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Jul 25, 2012

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becker
Dec 22, 2012

“The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomiants 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"

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becker
Dec 19, 2012

“He can kill anything for need but he could not even hurt a feeling for pleasure.” - speaking of the character Doc

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CrazyCooter
Jul 05, 2014

Follows the lives of those that live on Cannery row. Concluding with some of the less productive members trying to do good by the doctor who is accepting of all.

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