A Sony Radio Academy Award-winning dramatization of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about economic migration and the endurance of the human spirit.
In the midst of the Great Depression, the Joad family travel from Oklahoma to California in search of work, only to discover thousands like them have also been on the move. Just as their money and food run out, they find work on a peach farm - but discover they're breaking a strike led by their old friend, Casy the Preacher. Tragedy strikes, and Tom Joad hits back before running for his life. The Joad family's dream of a promised land is about to end. Robert Sheehan and Zubin Varla head the cast in this powerful BBC Radio full-cast dramatization.
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Depicts the hardships and suffering endured by the Joads as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression.Review:
When The Grapes of Wrath was published in 1939, America, still recovering from the Great Depression, came face to face with itself in a startling, lyrical way. John Steinbeck gathered the country's recent shames and devastations--the Hoovervilles, the desperate, dirty children, the dissolution of kin, the oppressive labor conditions--in the Joad family. Then he set them down on a westward-running road, local dialect and all, for the world to acknowledge. For this marvel of observation and perception, he won the Pulitzer in 1940.
The prize must have come, at least in part, because alongside the poverty and dispossession, Steinbeck chronicled the Joads' refusal, even inability, to let go of their faltering but unmistakable hold on human dignity. Witnessing their degeneration from Oklahoma farmers to a diminished band of migrant workers is nothing short of crushing. The Joads lose family members to death and cowardice as they go, and are challenged by everything from weather to the authorities to the California locals themselves. As Tom Joad puts it: "They're a-workin' away at our spirits. They're a tryin' to make us cringe an' crawl like a whipped bitch. They tryin' to break us. Why, Jesus Christ, Ma, they comes a time when the on'y way a fella can keep his decency is by takin' a sock at a cop. They're workin' on our decency."
The point, though, is that decency remains intact, if somewhat battle-scarred, and this, as much as the depression and the plight of the "Okies," is a part of American history. When the California of their dreams proves to be less than edenic, Ma tells Tom: "You got to have patience. Why, Tom--us people will go on livin' when all them people is gone. Why, Tom, we're the people that live. They ain't gonna wipe us out. Why, we're the people--we go on." It's almost as if she's talking about the very novel she inhabits, for Steinbeck's characters, more than most literary creations, do go on. They continue, now as much as ever, to illuminate and humanize an era for generations of readers who, thankfully, have no experiential point of reference for understanding the depression. The book's final, haunting image of Rose of Sharon--Rosasharn, as they call her--the eldest Joad daughter, forcing the milk intended for her stillborn baby onto a starving stranger, is a lesson on the grandest scale. "'You got to,'" she says, simply. And so do we all. --Melanie Rehak
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1976. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Student edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140042393
Book Description Penguin Books, 1976. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140042393
Book Description Penguin Books, 1976. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140042393
Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140042393 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0058976