Cannery Row, Paperback
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'Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.' Meet the gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists of Cannery Row in Monterey, California, during the Great Depression.

They want to throw a party for their friend Doc, so Mack and the boys set about, in their own inimitable way, recruiting everyone in the neighbourhood to the cause.

But along the way they can't help but get involved in a little mischief and misadventure.

It wouldn't be Cannery Row if it was otherwise, now would it?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780241952450



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This is one of those books where nothing much happens, and yet the world happens. Where in a sense it's about nothing and everything at the same time.When I picked it up from the library I hadn't the slightest idea what it was about. I read classics, I enjoy classics, I know Steinbeck is a good author, and this title is on the 1,001 Books list, so I saw it and snagged it, needing no more info. After reading it, I'm not really sure I could pinpoint what it was about. Life, that's probably the closest you can get. Cannery Row is snapshots of life, the humor, the pain, and everything in between.I think the first few lines tell you all you need to know.<i>"Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, the little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses. Its inhabitants are, as the man once said, 'whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches,' by which he meant Everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, 'Saints and angels and martyrs and holy men,' and he would have meant the same thing."</i>