In the din and stink that is Cannery Row a colourful blend of misfits - gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists - survive side by side in a jumble of adventure and mischief. Lee Chong, the astute owner of the well-stocked grocery store, is also the proprietor of the Palace Flophouse that Mack and his troupe of good-natured 'boys' call home. Dora runs the brothel with clockwork efficiency and a generous heart, and Doc is the fount of all wisdom. Packed with invention and joie de vivre CANNERY ROW is Steinbeck's high-spirited tribute to his native California.
Includes an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw, explanatory footnotes, as well as suggestions for further reading of acclaimed criticisms and references.
A good story of the fishing and canning community of Monterey and the characters on Cannery Row. The main ones being the four free-spirits of Hazel, Eddie, Mack and Hughie, good hearted characters that always mean well but create bigger problems when they start drinking. Also includes many other interesting characters like the flop house madam Dora, the biologist Doc and the abused husband Gay. I'd read this book before but had forgotten until I got to the part with the beer milkshake, you don't forget about reading a thing like that....Continua
I've had to revise me opinion of Steinbeck. They always (always) get you to read him in grade school. And I've been remembering things wrong; I'd thought his writing limited and juvenile, but it's just not true! This was a wonderful read. Interesting characterization....Continua