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(Novels 1942–1952: The Moon Is Down / Cannery Row / The Pearl / East of Eden.pdf) The third volume in em The Library of America em s authoritative edition of John Steinbeck s writings shows him continuing to explore new subject matter and new approaches to storytelling These four novels display the versatility and emotional directness that have made Steinbeck one of America s most enduringly popular writers br br em The Moon Is Down em set in an unnamed Scandinavian country under German occupation dramatizes the transformation of ordinary life under totalitarian rule and the underground struggle against the Nazi invaders Told largely in dialogue the book was conceived simultaneously as a novel and a play and was successfully produced on Broadway Although some American critics found its treatment of the German characters too sympathetic em The Moon Is Down em was widely read in occupied areas of Europe where it was regarded as an inspiring contribution to the resistance br br In em Cannery Row em Steinbeck paid tribute to his closest friend the marine biologist Ed Ricketts in the central character of Doc proprietor of the Western Biological Laboratory and spiritual and financial mainstay of a cast of philosophical drifters and hangers on The comic and bawdy evocation of Monterey s sardine canning district a poem a stink a grating noise a quality of light a tone a habit a nostalgia a dream has made this one of the most popular of all of Steinbeck s novels br br Steinbeck s long involvement with Mexican culture is distilled in em The Pearl em Expanding on an anecdote he heard in Baja California about a local boy who had found a pearl of unusual size Steinbeck turned it into a parable of the corrupting influence of sudden wealth The Pearl appears here with the original illustrations by Jos Clemente Orozco br br Ambitious in scale and original in structure em East of Eden em recounts the violent and emotionally turbulent history of a Salinas Valley family through several generations Drawing on Biblical parallels encompassing a period stretching from the Civil War to World War I and incorporating as counterpoint to the central story some of the actual history of Steinbeck s mother s family em East of Eden em is an epic that explores the writer s deepest and most anguished concerns within a landscape that for him had mythic resonance em East of Eden em was a recent selection of Oprah s Book ClubDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Novels 1942–1952: The Moon Is Down / Cannery Row / The Pearl / East of Eden books for multiple devices.