In his first novel to follow the publication of his enormous success The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck's vision comes wonderfully to life in this imaginative and unsentimental chronicle of a bus traveling California's back roads, transporting the lost and the lonely, the good and the greedy, the stupid and the scheming, the beautiful and the vicious away from their shattered dreams and, possibly, toward the promise of the future. This edition features an introduction by Gary Scharnhorst.
©1947 John Steinbeck (P)2015 Penguin Audio
Bookish with a long and aimless commute.
Initially I wasn't as keen on this as I have been other Steinbeck works. However, it was a slow burner. When I took the time to think about it, I really liked how the narrative point of view shifted. While most of the characters aren't necessarily 'likeable', they are at least relate-able.
What I liked most about this novel was how it shows how humans use themselves to play against and off one-another. This is most obvious in the relations between the sexes here - a great tension underlies the whole novel - but also between different types of men and women. It does take a while to get underway, but by the time you reach the scene of the finale, some of the facades fall away and it is at times disturbing how cruel people are to each other, and how near to breaking we all are.
"A Steinbeck masterpiece below the radar"
We are always encouraged to read more popular Steinbeck works. The Wayward Bus is an absolute masterpiece. John Steinbeck was brilliant in his telling of the intertwining human struggles. I felt like I was in the cafe and on the bus. Richard Poe is a narrator with very few peers.
A past era brought to life, narrated excellently... Loved it and I will recommend it.
I have read viturally everything Steinbeck has written and have always been amazed at his profound ability and insight into human nature. W B should be in every English lit class, because it highlights more than any other, Steinbeck's uncanny ability to understand people and how they think. The story is simple, but made to be amazingly complex once the reader gets to know everyone one on the bus and clearly sees what makes them tick. I know of no other author with equal skill as JS in his ability to understand humans
"WONDERFUL READ! GREAT CHARACTERS!"
THE WAY STEINBECK DEVELOPED ALL THE CHARACTERS.
I LOVED THE SCENE WHERE ALICE WAS GETTING LOADED IN THE DINER. ANOTHER GREAT MOMENT WAS WHEN MR. PRITCHARD LOST HIS BALANCE ON THE BUS IT WAS A HILARIOUS HAPLESS FALL.
YES BUT I READ IT IN SEVERAL. MY SIG. OTHER MIKE LOVED THE BOOK TOO1
THE STORY COULD GO ON AND ON, I WOULD NOT BE TIRED OF READING IT. MR. STEINBECK KNOWS HUNAN NATURE.
"nothing develops. goes nowhere"
this is my least favorite Steinbeck book. none of the characters were really developed. the story was boring.
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