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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 1:24:47 PM

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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 4:32:39 PM

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The grapes are usually used to produce wine, the alcoholic drink which is drank for pleasure. In ancient Sparta it was diluted with water for the sake of good health.
I have read another book of John Steinbeck, namely, East of Eden.
I haven't read yet The Grapes of Wrath.
So, why grapes "of wrath"? Why is the title of the book referring to the vindictive anger?

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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 5:37:15 PM
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""Steinbeck had unusual difficulty devising a title. The Grapes of Wrath, suggested by his wife Carol Steinbeck,[13] was deemed more suitable than anything by the author. The title is a reference to lyrics from "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", by Julia Ward Howe (emphasis added):

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.""

Cited from Wikipedia, the information was available from an introduction for the novel, as best
I can remember.
Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 6:44:19 PM
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The allusive "grapes of wrath" title is appropriate, since Steinbeck was writing about the sufferings of migrant agricultural workers.

I don't recall a grape-picking scene, just the peach-picking chapters (Hooper Farms), but Steinbeck couldn't well have called his novel "The Peaches of Wrath."

One of my favorite scenes is the one in which Ma Joad, armed with a receipt for $1, the family's pooled earnings for the day, enters the Hooper Farms company store to buy food so that she and the other six people in her family can have a decent supper. She finds that the store charges more than a fair price for its staples, and has a disagreement with the clerk. She uses up the dollar to buy a loaf of bread, two pounds of poor-quality hamburger, five pounds of potatoes, and some coffee. That uses up the dollar. Recalling how Tom specifically asked for sugar for his coffee, she pleads with the clerk to trust her for 10¢ worth of sugar. At first, he refuses, then relents, taking a dime out of his own pocket and putting it in the cash-register till, then giving her a generous little paper bag of sugar. She never has a chance to repay him, as that night, Casy gets killed and Tom attacks and possibly kills one of his his murderers and goes into hiding, fearing for his life, and the family has to flee, too.
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Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2017 5:50:48 AM

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Personally I like the Monterey books:

Tortilla Flat
Cannery Row
Sweet Thursday

In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
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Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:06:21 AM

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I read Travels With Charlie as a child when I had limited traveling experiences, and again as an adult after I had traveled to all 50 of the United States and been to many of the places he describes in the book. It was written prior to construction of the Interstate highway system and was more challenging to drive across the county.

East of Eden is perhaps my favorite story of his. It covers a wide range of human conditions and our responses to them. Grapes of Wrath is very dark and recalls an era in which my parents lived and used to tell stories of their experiences at that time.

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Posted: Friday, December 22, 2017 2:51:50 AM
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I've been a lifelong fan of Steinbeck, taking a class on his writings in college (which included three days touring the Salinas Valley, Monterey/Pacific Grove, and wading in the tide pools that he and Doc Ricketts searched for specimens in). Besides his gritty, realistic writing style, one of the things I liked most about Steinbeck was his ability to find interesting, unique, eye-catching titles for his books e.g. The Grapes of Wrath, The Winter of Our Discontent, etc. Celebrated finally near the end of his life for his amazing quantity and quality of writing, he was targeted by some in the 30s and 40s as being socialistic and even communistic for showing America the truth of the poverty, desperation, and discrimination too many citizens experienced.
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