Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Unburdened by the material necessities of the more fortunate, the denizens of Cannery Row discover rewards unknown in more traditional society. Henry the painter sorts through junk lots for pieces of wood to incorporate into the boat he is building, while the girls from Dora Flood’s bordello venture out now and then to enjoy a bit of sunshine. Lee Chong stocks his grocery with almost anything a man could want, and Doc, a young marine biologist who ministers to sick puppies and unhappy souls, unexpectedly finds true love. Cannery Row is just a few blocks long, but the story it harbors is suffused with warmth, understanding, and a great fund of human values. First 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. John Steinbeck draws on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, and interweaves their stories in this world where only the fittest survive—creating what is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works. In Cannery Row, John Steinbeck returns to the setting of Tortilla Flat to create another evocative portrait of life as it is lived by those who unabashedly put the highest value on the intangibles—human warmth, camaraderie, and love. This Steinbeck Centennial Edition features French flaps and deckled pages.

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The 908th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 50th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  2. - 100 Novels That Shaped Our World (BBC)

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Steinbeck Novels 1942-1952: The Moon Is Down / Cannery Row / The Pearl / East of Eden (Library of America) Hardcover 235230 $19.38 $6.73 2002
Cannery Row Audible Audio Edition 9472 $15.95 2011
Cannery Row: (Centennial Edition) Paperback 11605 $6.46 $3.00 2002
Cannery Row (Reencuetros Navona) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 2031770 $11.39 $17.09 2011
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Cannery Row (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) Paperback 94153 $6.29 $0.01 1994
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The Essential Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath / Cannery Row / Of Mice and Men / Tortilla Flat Hardcover 154997 $76.99 $2.00 1994
Cannery Row: (Centennial Edition) Kindle Edition 42611 2002
Tortilla Flat, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row (Franklin Library) Leather Bound 2160513 $64.64 $44.99 1977
Cannery Row Mass Market Paperback 3080634 $4.84
Cannery Row (Unabridged) (Audio Cd) Audio CD 6128659 $35.00
Cannery Row Hardcover 7958462 $13.79
Cannery Row Mass Market Paperback 3168719 $65.72 $0.01 1982
Cannery Row Paperback 5204479 $0.99 1947
Cannery Row (Penguin Drop Caps) Hardcover 220756 $12.75 $12.97 2014
Cannery Row (Penguin Classics) Audio CD 526525 $16.44 $14.22 2011
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Cannery Row Kindle Edition 28904 1993
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Cannery Row Hardcover 442761 $20.00 1945
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