Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Book - 1994
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Steinbeck's tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society, dependant on one another for both physical and emotional survival

A Penguin Classic

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. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, including longtime friend Ed Ricketts, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Dora, Mack and his boys, Lee Chong, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works. In her introduction, Susan Shillinglaw shows how the novel expresses, both in style and theme, much that is essentially Steinbeck: "Scientific detachment, empathy toward the lonely and depressed . . . and, at the darkest level . . . the terror of isolation and nothingness."

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 1994
ISBN: 9780140187373
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ste
Description: xxx, 185 pages ; 20 cm


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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.

Oct 15, 2018

happy and poor westerners on the sunny beach ++

Sep 22, 2018

happy and poor westerners on the sunny beach

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

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.

Sep 14, 2015

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

Nov 08, 2014

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

Oct 24, 2014

Great novel with wonderful characters that lived on Cannery Row in the 1930's. John Steinbeck was writing about real people he knew in Monterey at the time. The novel was so popular it was later made into a movie with Nick Nolte and then a stage play. I don't understand the one star rating at the top of the page. All the comments are very favorable with many five stars. How did "Cannery Row" get a one star rating? John Steinbeck is recognized as one of our countries most outstanding writers. His work should be openly shown to be lacking in order to receive a one star rating. KCLS should look into why this is happening. It also occurred on "Of Mice and Men" both the book and the 1939 movie of the same name. KCLS stocks 40 copies of "Cannery Row" and list it as a classic. How then do we get to a one star rating?

Jul 05, 2014

Couldn't put it down. No great moral story or non-stop action, just a really great read.

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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"

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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Jul 25, 2012

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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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