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Tortilla Flat Steinbeck Is An Artist And He Tells The Stories Of These Lovable Thieves And Adulterers With A Gentle And Poetic Purity Of Heart And Of Prose New York Herald TribuneAdopting The Structure And Themes Of The Arthurian Legend, Steinbeck Created A Camelot On A Shabby Hillside Above The Town Of Monterey,California And Peopled It With A Colorful Band Of Knights At The Center Of The Tale Is Danny, Whose House, Like Arthur S Castle, Becomes A Gathering Place For Men Looking For Adventure, Camaraderie, And A Sense Of Belonging These Knights Are Paisanos, Men Of Mixed Heritage, Whose Ancestors Settled California Hundreds Of Years Before Free Of Ties To Jobs And Other Complications Of The American Way Of Life, They Fiercely Resist The Corrupting Tide Of Honest Toil In The Surrounding Ocean Of Civil RectitudeAs Steinbeck Chronicles Their Deeds Their Multiple Loves, Their Wonderful Brawls, Their Rabelaisian Wine Drinking He Spins A Tale As Compelling And Ultimately As Touched By Sorrow As The Famous Legends Of The Round Table, Which Inspired Him

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Tortilla Flat
  • John Steinbeck
  • English
  • 21 March 2019
  • 0582461502

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  1. says:

    I learned from this book that I continue to love Steinbeck I despise the idea that he like hemmingway for that matter is sometimes considered a simple writer Here s my opinion Using flowery prose to add weight and impart meaning on a vaporous story is not great literature A substantive story, containing meaning and moral, simply told IS great literature This is what I run into every time I read Steinbeck Hemmingway too Simple construction departing every so often to show off that ye I learned from this book that I continue to love Steinbeck I despise the idea that he like hemmingway for that matter is sometimes considered a simple writer Here s my opinion Using flowery prose to add weight and impart meaning on a vaporous story is not great literature A substantive story, containing meaning and moral, simply told IS great literature This is what I run into every time I read Steinbeck Hemmingway too Simple construction departing every so often to show off that yes, they know EXACTLY what they re describing for the most part just recording the story as they would an event that really happened They don t need a 2 word every couple paragraphs, they need maybe three per book Besides, none of the characters would know the word, so why would you use it to describe them What are you, better than your subject I think the point Steinbeck constantly makes is no, you re not The characters are interesting and simply made, archetypes almost I ve heard its a Camelot tale and I can see it They even use Thou and Thee in some parts But it never seems heavy handed, you can almost see the characters realizing they re playing a part and stepping up to do it Like Cannery Row, its about a lot of down on their luck guys, and the people of the town about them Some richer, some poorer, all with their own little story And Steinbeck seems to love the little side stories Thankfully, he s so quick with his pen they re like brief tangents that come, then go once you ve gotten the point of them He never departs from our subjects forthan a couple pages, never spends 5 pages describing a rock or a particular tree, or even any of the men or the home they live in A story that makes your throat tighten at the end, and makes you wishwell, you re supposed to read it But the desire to keep things as they are is a very strong one in real life, Steinbeck makes you feel that desire and sense of loss in the little world he creates, and it takes him less than 200 pages to do it


  2. says:

    Much has been said about Steinbeck s apparent portrayal of Mexican Americans as lazy, amoral drunkards in Tortilla Flat Some say Steinbeck was racist some say he was just a product of his time Which is right I do not know Steinbeck may very well have been racist he also uses jew as a slur and in several of his books uses unflattering stereotypes of Chinese people I know nothing of the man s personal beliefs about race and it is a common fallacy to suppose an author always agrees with h Much has been said about Steinbeck s apparent portrayal of Mexican Americans as lazy, amoral drunkards in Tortilla Flat Some say Steinbeck was racist some say he was just a product of his time Which is right I do not know Steinbeck may very well have been racist he also uses jew as a slur and in several of his books uses unflattering stereotypes of Chinese people I know nothing of the man s personal beliefs about race and it is a common fallacy to suppose an author always agrees with his narrator But Steinbeck was certainly a product of his time Which begs the question can racism be excused if it s just a product of its time Was it appropriate for Al Jolson to put on blackface makeup and sing Mammy because it wasn t politically incorrect back then Was Twain s depiction of Jim nothan a minstrel show in print And can we, as products or our time, truly judge these things with an unbiased eye Perhaps being a product of his time means something else Perhaps Steinbeck s characterization of these paisanos as layabout drunks had nothing to do with their race and everything to do with the time and area in which they lived Prohibition and the Great Depression made loafing lushes out of men of all races, colors, and creeds Wine was verboten, so men wanted it all theJobs were hard to come by, so eventually men stopped trying This is the impression I got from reading this book not that the paisanos were lazy, drunk, amoral, and poor because they were Mexican, but because in 1935 they didn t have anything else to do


  3. says:

    Tortilla Flat 1935 was John Steinbeck s first significant literary success both popular and critical Put simply and in Steinbeck s own words, Tortilla Flat is the story of Danny and of Danny s friends and of Danny s house his inheritance.Danny and his assorted friends are paisanos countrymen of Spanish, Indian, Mexican and Caucasian mixed heritage Danny and his band of brothers are essentially, in Steinbeck s eyes, decent people who play life very much according to their own ru Tortilla Flat 1935 was John Steinbeck s first significant literary success both popular and critical Put simply and in Steinbeck s own words, Tortilla Flat is the story of Danny and of Danny s friends and of Danny s house his inheritance.Danny and his assorted friends are paisanos countrymen of Spanish, Indian, Mexican and Caucasian mixed heritage Danny and his band of brothers are essentially, in Steinbeck s eyes, decent people who play life very much according to their own rules This is familiar territory that Steinbeck revisited later to great effect in both Cannery Row and its sequel Sweet Thursday for which Tortilla Flat can be seen as a template In one sense, the stories of Danny and the paisanos feel almost mythological, somewhat biblical certainly and even Arthurian Indeed Steinbeck in his preface to the novel notes that Danny s house is not unlike the Round Table and his friends are not unlike the Arthurian knights of legend.Tortilla Flat was adapted as a film and released in 1942 however Steinbeck was less than impressed with the cinematic depiction of Danny and friends as quaint, underdogs, curious and dispossessed and even suggested that had he known, he may well have not written their stories in the first place Goodness knows what Steinbeck thought of the very Hollywood re writing of the ending of the story Modern and contemporary writers and critics have cited that Steinbeck s portrayal of the paisanos and their way of life, is not an accurate one and does somewhat perpetuate stereotypes of Mexican Americans To that extent, Steinbeck was indeed a product of, and subject to his times These are important points to be raised and conversations to be had but these were very different times and it was a very different America In context, being published in 1935 Tortilla Flat was apparently enjoyed by many American readers as escapism from the Great Depression of the time But in spite of such criticism and the confines of 1935 the brilliance of Steinbeck s work clearly transcends its time and despite contemporary criticism concerning seemingly unintentional racial stereotyping, Steinbeck s work still rings true and strikes many a chord with the 21st century reader some 80 years later.Whilst certainly not in the same league of literary brilliance as East of Eden, Grapes of Wrath etc Tortilla Flat is nevertheless a fine book It is a straightforward, yet powerful story a very human story, simply told with great feeling for the narrative and empathy with the characters


  4. says:

    Tales of the tall variety about a silly gang of friends whose boy s club antics remind one at times of The Three Stooges or Last of the Summer Wine as they cast about in search of adventure and drink, spinning their own unbelievable yarns while getting drunk, and philosophizing with wild abandon be damned the passing of the day Hell, there s even Yogi Bear ish picnic basket pinching scene Nonsense, it s all nonsense Or is it I seem to recall something quite profound was said somewhere Tales of the tall variety about a silly gang of friends whose boy s club antics remind one at times of The Three Stooges or Last of the Summer Wine as they cast about in search of adventure and drink, spinning their own unbelievable yarns while getting drunk, and philosophizing with wild abandon be damned the passing of the day Hell, there s even Yogi Bear ish picnic basket pinching scene Nonsense, it s all nonsense Or is it I seem to recall something quite profound was said somewhere in there amongst the inane, convoluted logic and self serving prattlemaybe it was the wine talking Steinbeck dips back into the well of central coast California, planting gypsy esque Spaniard immigrants in a fictional town near Monterey called Tortilla Flat, a town and people so colorful he almost runs out of paint while doing their portraits But no, Steinbeck s brush stays charged through out He layers it on, at times too thick for seriousness Thank goodness Tortilla Flat seldom gets too serious Certainly there are solemn moments a death, a beating, friendships tested Occasionally these moments threaten to collapse the whole buoyant structure Perhaps a scene or two is too morbid for this otherwise laugh riot Oh, pass the jug of wine and don t let it trouble you


  5. says:

    Briefly, Danny, the chief protagonist in this novel, returns from the war to Tortilla Flat a paisano district that sits upon a hillside above Monterey , to find he has inherited two houses What then follows is a comedic tale that fundamentally can be summed up in 5 words wine, friendship, food, women and err..wine again o This is the first John Steinbeck novel I ve had the pleasure of reading, and quite simply it has left an indelible mark on me What captivates me in the first instance is Briefly, Danny, the chief protagonist in this novel, returns from the war to Tortilla Flat a paisano district that sits upon a hillside above Monterey , to find he has inherited two houses What then follows is a comedic tale that fundamentally can be summed up in 5 words wine, friendship, food, women and err..wine again o This is the first John Steinbeck novel I ve had the pleasure of reading, and quite simply it has left an indelible mark on me What captivates me in the first instance is the remarkable talent Mr Steinbeck shows in the quality of his prose He demonstrates an incredible talent for expressing himself literarily, and in the most poetic way I could provide endless examples but as an illustration, instead of penning something simple such as the Pirate used his wheelbarrow to help Danny , Mr Steinbeck eloquently scribes it as then borrowing the Pirate s wheelbarrow and the Pirate to push it, Danny. , which, like the most of the sentences in Tortilla Flat, read like silk If the quality of Mr Steinbeck s prose forms one half of the success of Tortilla Flat, then the sublime depth of his characterisation fills the other half Mr Steinbeck succeeds at magnificently bringing his characters to life Every one is profoundly realised, with each possessing their own idiosyncratic yet appealing qualities It is a difficult choice to make but the most endearing character for me is The Pirate , the man whose head had not grown up with the rest of his body Conscientious, hard working, a man of simple pleasure a pleasure that consists of him either showing affection for his dogs, or working towards winning the approval of his friends , the Pirate epitomizes how a humble, honest and largely pious life should be lived, which superbly juxtaposes the lifestyles of the other friends in the group well, with the exception of Big Joe Portagee o which are as far from pious as one could get.This is not to say that Danny and his friends never show good intentions at heart Mr Steinbeck is masterful at setting his characters on a path of good intention, only for them to either falter, or to manipulate circumstance to meet their own needs This happens a lot, andoften than not, wine plays a role as either the primary motive or betrayer.I truly loved reading Tortilla Flat It is a delightful story, with magnificent characters, and I would consider it to be a work of absolute genius I never thought it could be possible to be completely captivated by an author on the strength of reading one book, but I can state without fear of contradiction that Mr John Steinbeck, thanks to Tortilla Flat, has found a rare place in my heart I look forward to discovering the rest of his collection


  6. says:

    Steinbeck.


  7. says:

    Although it was initially rejected for publication on a number of occasions, this work a short story cycle was Steinbeck s first real critical and commercial success, He wrote it during 1933 and early 1934, when he was heavily involved in caring for his elderly parents, who were both were very ill Steinbeck was inspired to write the book by a high school teacher friend, who was partly of Mexican descent She had been studying the paisanos, poor people of mixed Mexican, Native American and Although it was initially rejected for publication on a number of occasions, this work a short story cycle was Steinbeck s first real critical and commercial success, He wrote it during 1933 and early 1934, when he was heavily involved in caring for his elderly parents, who were both were very ill Steinbeck was inspired to write the book by a high school teacher friend, who was partly of Mexican descent She had been studying the paisanos, poor people of mixed Mexican, Native American and Caucasian ancestry, who lived in a shantytown in the hills above Monterey Steinbeck s friend told him a number of stories from that community, which was referred to as Tortilla Flat One of Steinbeck s abiding literary passions was Thomas Malory s Le Morte d Arthur King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table He aimed to recreate the spirit of the adventures of the Knights of the Round Table in linked stories about Danny and his friends Pilon, Pablo, Jesus Maria, the Pirate and Big Joe Portagee Living together in a house inherited by Danny, the friends develop a strong moral code which governs their relationship with each other This code does not involve sobriety or other indicia of bourgeois respectability, such as respect for private property While stealing from a friend is punished severely, stealing from those outside the group is not only accepted, it s encouraged There is a lot to like about this work The satirical, mock heroic tone is clever, the characters of Danny and his friends are well realised and sympathetically drawn, there s plenty of humour and Steinbeck s prose is wonderful On the other hand, to a modern reader the depiction of the paisanos as heavy drinking, thieving no hopers albeit with a strong code of friendship and mutual support is disconcerting And the sexual politics of the characters is questionable to say the least This is not my favourite Steinbeck Although I appreciate Steinbeck s achievement in recreating a version of the myth of the Knights of the Round Table and I love the characters and the writing, the work feels dated, which cannot be said of Steinbeck s major novels I listened to an audiobook which was very well narrated by John McDonough It gets 3 1 2 stars, because anything Steinbeck wrote is worth reading


  8. says:

    This novel could easily be a set of short stories, a morality tale or immorality , a retelling of the Arthurian legends or a retelling of the gospels with a very alternative last supper Danny and his friends all paisanos spend their time looking for food, wine, shelter and women and this is pretty much all they need in life to be content Getting hold of wine is a thread through the book and its role is important sharing your wine is true friendship and there are some excellent quotes Two g This novel could easily be a set of short stories, a morality tale or immorality , a retelling of the Arthurian legends or a retelling of the gospels with a very alternative last supper Danny and his friends all paisanos spend their time looking for food, wine, shelter and women and this is pretty much all they need in life to be content Getting hold of wine is a thread through the book and its role is important sharing your wine is true friendship and there are some excellent quotes Two gallons is a great deal of wine, even for two paisanos Spiritually the jugs may be graduated thus just below the shoulder of the first bottle, serious and concentrated conversation Two inches farther down, sweetly sad memory Three inches , thoughts of old and satisfactory loves An inch, thoughts of bitter loves Bottom of first jug, general and undirected sadness Shoulder of the second jug, black, unholy despondency Two fingers down, a song of death and longing A thumb, every other song one knows The graduations stop here, for the trail splits and there is no certainty From this point on, anything can happen Steinbeck has been accused of recism and stereotyping I can understand why and the book is of its time Howeverthere is no real malice in the portrayal of Danny and his firends I was strongly reminded of a group of friends I had when I finished university in 1981 I was living in bedsit land as were we all and our lives revolved for a short time around food, drink, interesting liaisonsdetail on application and arguing about life The bonds were loose and people drifted in and out, but there was the same sense in the group as I found in Tortilla Flat Ultimately friendship and wine do meanthan money I know this isn t a substantial or important work but I loved it and its themes are universal


  9. says:

    John Steinbeck has become an author whose books I can open to virtually any page and settle into a world I never want to leave Even the men I work with who find fiction theatrical and rarely read books break into a smile at the mention of Steinbeck His 1935 breakthrough Tortilla Flat was likely assigned reading in high school and it stands as a remarkable introduction to the author, with twenty seven easily digested and related stories penned with faerie tale simplicity, wit and wonder.The w John Steinbeck has become an author whose books I can open to virtually any page and settle into a world I never want to leave Even the men I work with who find fiction theatrical and rarely read books break into a smile at the mention of Steinbeck His 1935 breakthrough Tortilla Flat was likely assigned reading in high school and it stands as a remarkable introduction to the author, with twenty seven easily digested and related stories penned with faerie tale simplicity, wit and wonder.The world of Tortilla Flat is the town of Monterey, California, which has not been touched by the Great Depression and not yet mobilized for World War II Steinbeck would later explore the lower parts of town inhabited by the catchers and canners of fish in Cannery Row, but this book is set on the slope of a hill, where the forest and the town intermingle, where the streets are innocent of asphalt and the corner free of street lights This is a place known as Tortilla Flat.Tortilla Flat is inhabited by the paisano Steinbeck writes, What is a paisano He is a mixture of Spanish, Indian, Mexican and assorted Caucasian bloods His ancestors have lived in California for a hundred or two years He speaks English with a paisano accent and Spanish with a paisano accent When questioned concerning his race, he indignantly claims pure Spanish blood and rolls up his sleeve to show that the soft inside of his arm is nearly white.The main player is Danny, a paisano who enlists in the army and spends World War I breaking mules in Texas When he returns home, Danny discovers his viejo grandfather has died and left him two small houses in Tortilla Flat The responsibility of managing such wealth weights heavy on Danny and sends him on a reign of terror smashing windows, earning him a 30 day stay in the Monterey city jail Upon his escape, Danny encounters his old friend, the logician Pilon, a wanderer who works a little, drinks a lot and sleeps against whichever tree he falls down next to Danny is determined not to let his wealth go to his head and offers Pilon room and board at the second of his houses Pilon offers to pay ten dollars a month in rent, a sum which Danny never expects to collect and Pilon never intends to pay.Pilon encounters his friend Pablo, a philosopher who sleeps under the wharf Pilon offers Pablo board for fifteen dollars a month, rent which Pilon never expects to collect and Pablo never intends to pay But under Pilon s logic, he will not have to pay Danny rent until Pablo pays him rent Passed out drunk one night, Pilon and Pablo burn the house to the ground and move in with Danny.Others join them the humanitarian Jesus Maria, the dim witted rascal Big Joe and finally The Pirate, a vagrant who sells pitchwood for a quarter a day yet lives in a chicken coop with his five beloved dogs Pilon deduces that The Pirate had buried his earnings somewhere in the forest and invites him and the dogs to live with them in the hopes of discovering the location of his cache Many adventures featuring Danny and his friends ensue These paisano tales become legend in Tortilla Flat Steinbeck s chapter titles foreshadow the action nicely I How Danny, home from the wars, found himself an heir, and how he swore to protect the helpless V How Danny s Friends became a force for Good How they succored the poor Pirate IX How Danny was ensnared by a vacuum cleaner and how Danny s Friends rescued him.Steinbeck s fiction has it all There s drinking, singing, fighting and romancing, the cornerstones of a hard earned life There s pathos, with characters considering the mysteries of the universe and why things happen the way they do There are Caucasian, Mexican and Asian characters, as well as women, driving the story The measure of a man is not where he works or whether he drives a car Material rewards are anchors these free spirited characters would prefer to live without Instead, the measure of a man is how he treats his friends I always find this world view supremely reassuring MGM released a film adaptation of Tortilla Flat in 1942 starring John Garfield as Danny, Spencer Tracy as Pilon and Hedy Lamarr as Dolores, the single lady who Danny gets into all sorts of trouble with after bestowing a vacuum cleaner to Directed by Victor Fleming, the picture wraps everything up with a happy ending which was not a going concern in Steinbeck s source material


  10. says:

    Eigentlich eine Trag die, die Erz hlung von Danny und seinen Freunden,aber mit viel Ironie und Zynismus macht John Steinbeck daraus eine liebens und lesenswerteGeschichte von den Bewohnern eines kleinen Hauses am Rande von Monterey, deren einzigeLebensaufgabe darin besteht, t glich etwas zu essen und ein paar Gallonen Wein zu besorgen.

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