Cannery Row - John Steinbeck

Cannery Row

By John Steinbeck

  • Release Date: 1945-01-02
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 114 Ratings


Steinbeck's tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society, dependant on one another for both physical and emotional survival

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. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, including longtime friend Ed Ricketts, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Dora, Mack and his boys, Lee Chong, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works. In her introduction, Susan Shillinglaw shows how the novel expresses, both in style and theme, much that is essentially Steinbeck: “scientific detachment, empathy toward the lonely and depressed…and, at the darkest level…the terror of isolation and nothingness.”

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From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • Cannery row

    By Cheesy l
    This boom is so freaking boring
  • Great book

    By Hama806
    To when it rains: you got the sample of this book. You have to pay for it in order to get the complete book. This book did not deserve a one star rating from you. Just sayin.
  • Waste of money

    By JimMc88
    I tried to download this book and it crashed. I have the book on iBooks, but can't open it. I tried to report the problem, but can't access that either. $9.99 down the drain
  • Canery Row

    By NapkinChippy
    Steinbeck is a master of character development. Absolutely lovable characters (even the gopher)!
  • Cannery Row

    By Albert Review
    One of the best!