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The Winter of Our Discontent (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) (original 1961; udgave 1996)

af John Steinbeck (Forfatter)

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From a swashbuckling pirate fantasy to a meditation on American moralityatwo classic Steinbeck novels make their black spine debuts IN AWARDING John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with "The Winter of Our Discontent," he had aresumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American.a Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of the novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With the decline in their status, 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.… (mere)
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Titel:The Winter of Our Discontent (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Forfattere:John Steinbeck (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin Classics (1996), Edition: 13th, 276 pages
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The Winter of Our Discontent (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by John Steinbeck (1996)
  arosoff | Jul 10, 2021 |
I'm probably slightly prejudiced, because ages ago this was one of the first books I read in their English originals without having known them from translations, but even after several more readings I still consider it, together with Cannery Row, one of the two best books by Steinbeck I've ever read. ( )
  Stravaiger64 | Jul 4, 2021 |
Este livro foi uma completa decepção: esperava muito mais de um prémio Nobel! Nem escrita interessante, nem argumento empolgante, nem ideias geniais. Nada. Tudo é pequeno e vulgar como a cidade de Baytown onde decorre a acção.
E que dizer do final? Será suicídio do protagonista ou não? E se for, porque o terá feito? Depois de alcançar o êxito, porquê desistir da vida? Não recomendo a leitura deste livro. ( )
  CMBras | Jun 17, 2021 |
It took me a long time to finish it. I'm afraid my attention span has lapsed in the last year or so. It seemed very slow for the first 2/3 of the book, but picked up as I wondered what Ethan would decide to do, and what would happen to him.
I knew I would enjoy it, once I "got into" it - Steinbeck was an excellent writer, and I did enjoy it, and would recommend it.

It is the story of a man and his conscience, the conflict between personal integrity and social status. What will a person do, how low will he or she sink in order to gain material gains and the shallow esteem of corrupt colleagues? What are the effects of this decision on one's children, on those who look up to this person? ( )
  FancyHorse | Jun 2, 2021 |
Judging from the little I read about this book before I read it, it's very tempting to psychoanalyze Steinbeck for what seems like a dramatic change in focus, tone, and location. Where is California, why am I in New Baytown, New England? What happened to the ensemble casts, who is this Ethan Allen Hawley dude we spend all our time with? Where are all of the grand themes of life and lineage and struggle, what's with his boring quotidian life? Why does this book feel so small compared to all the widescreen epics he was so famous for? Did the old master lose his touch, or is this some kind of extended metaphor for his own feelings in some way?

Well, this was the novel that convinced the Nobel Prize committee to toss a Literature award his way in 1961, and though he wrote an adaptation of Arthurian legend after this one, this is basically his last real novel and the capstone on his legacy. I thought it was good, and though I agree that Ethan won't ever rise to the level of Tom Joad in the pantheon of great American heroes, I'm not sure that's really Steinbeck's "fault" necessarily. The book is all about a very particular time and place, this sad decaying New England fishing town, and it keeps all of the insights and humanist aphorisms Steinbeck was famous for inside Ethan's head, as seems appropriate. I agree that this stylistic choice does make the book feel limited in scope, yet I got the feeling that it was deliberate, and couldn't figure out what I would have tried to add. It seemed like Steinbeck wanted to write a very specific novel about a few days in the life of a middle-aged man with the stench of failure around him, and it's hard to make that kind of person as interesting in that timeframe as his characters were with the decades of time he gave them in East of Eden.

So it's not as good as his bigger works, but even second-tier Steinbeck is still great. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
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From a swashbuckling pirate fantasy to a meditation on American moralityatwo classic Steinbeck novels make their black spine debuts IN AWARDING John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with "The Winter of Our Discontent," he had aresumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American.a Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of the novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With the decline in their status, 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.

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