Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat

by John Steinbeck

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 03/02/2012

The first great literary success of John Steinbeck, this funny and tender novel takes place on the California coast in the district of Tortilla Flat, home to a group of paisanos--men and women who are a mixture of Mexican, Indian, Spanish, and Caucasian descent--who live separately from social norms and the ups and downs of the economy. Danny, Jesus Maria, Pablo, Pilon, and Big Joe Portagee spend their time getting drunk, getting into fights, and sleeping with women until Danny inherits two houses from his deceased uncle at the end of World War I. The paisanos' savage freedom is altered a little by this development, but the houses soon become the perfect setting for much of their camaraderie. The responsibility of the houses proves too great for Danny and his friends, however, as they yearn to go back to their carefree ways. Full of hilarious situations and written with a deep lyricism, this classic story aptly captures the lifestyle of the paisanos."" "El primer gran exito literario de John Steinbeck, esta novela divertida y tierna toma lugar en la costa de California en el distrito de Tortilla Flat, donde vive un grupo de paisanos--hombres y mujeres que son una mezcla de ascendencia mexicana, india, espanola y caucasica--separados de las normas de la sociedad y los vaivenes mercantilistas. Danny, Jesus Maria, Pablo, Pilon y Big Joe Portagee pasan su tiempo emborrachandose, peleando y acostandose con las mujeres, hasta que Danny hereda dos casas de su difunto tio a finales de la Primera Guerra Mundial. La libertad salvaje de los paisanos se altera un poco, pero las casas pronto se convierten en lugares perfectos para su camaraderia. Sin embargo, la responsabilidad de las casas resulta demasiado grande para Danny y sus amigos y anhelan regresar a su manera despreocupada de vivir. Llena de situaciones comicas y impregnada de un hondo lirismo, esta historia clasica acertadamente captura el estilo de vida de los paisanos."
Classic fiction
Paperback / softback
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English, Spanish
Ediciones Robinbook
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United States
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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 17 February 1902. After studying English at Stanford University, he held several jobs including working as a hod-carrier, apprentice painter, laboratory assistant, ranch hand, fruit-picker, construction worker at Madison Square Gardens, New York, and reporter for the New York American. In 1935 he became a full-time writer and was a special writer for the United States Army Air Force during World War II.

Among his most renowned works are Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940.

In 1926 Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as a mark of his outstanding contribution to literature, his unquestionable popularity and his versatility. In his speech accepting the Nobel Prize, Steinbeck gave his view of authorship: 'The ancient omission of the writer has not changed.

He is charged with exposing our may grevious faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement. Furthermore, the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit for gallantry in defeat - for courage, compassion and love.' John Steinbeck died on 20th December 1968.

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