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The (Future) Vista Cañas Library

The Winter of Our Discontent

(1 customer review)

Author: John Steinbeck

Length: 292 pages
Type: Fiction, Kindle
Genre: Classic, Literary

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“In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American.” Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards. Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty, and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by leading Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 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.”


1 review for The Winter of Our Discontent

  1. Janet Dore

    This book cemented John Steinbeck into place as one of my favorite authors. His character development is rarely matched, the issues he writes about are timeless, and I would argue his writing is perfect. Apparently, the judges for the Nobel Prize agreed!

    Though written in the middle of last century, The Winter of Our Discontent is totally relevant to today’s reader. Ethan Allen Hawley struggles with the repercussions of being good in a capitalistic society that rewards the use of people as stepping stones. On a much more simplistic level, I have brought up many of the observations and frustrations with what one must to do to get ahead in this world…and have felt what Ethan felt at times.

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