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The Grapes of Wrath


Huckleberry Finn or The Grapes of Wrath?
Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel of Oakie farmers who suffer the Dust Bowl and injustice (1939)
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Strongly Associated with:   John Steinbeck, The Pearl, Of Mice and Men
Notes:
The celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford (1940) has a different ending.

Accelerated Reader Level/Points:  4.9* / 25

*Don’t let Steinbeck’s simple writing style dissuade adult readers from an excellent novel.
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  • Huckleberry Finn or The Grapes of Wrath?
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The Grapes of Wrath, the classic novel about the Dust Bowl and the migration of Oklahoma farmers to California, ends with death and a glimmer of renewed life.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • I made a list of my favorite books: The Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, Fat Kid Rules the World, Tangerine, Feed, Catalyst, Invisible Man, Fools Crow, Jar of Fools.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • I read many American novels, and recall especially John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, in which I found many similarities between the plight of the migrant workers in that novel and our own laborers and farmworkers.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom

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  • I loved The Grapes of Wrath, Lord of the Flies, and especially A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • "And Studs Lonigan and The Grapes of Wrath," I said.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • …West, from the pioneer settlers who endured the horrors of the wagon trail to Chinese workers (once called coolies) and Irish laborers during the railroad building of the 1860s, to the Oklahoma dust-bowl refugees immortalized in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, to blue-collar workers pouring into the aerospace and defense industries of World War II and the Cold War, to blacks escaping the segregationist South, to Mexicans willing to pick the crops of agribusiness, to youths yearning…
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • In step, and side by side, they swung along the highway, singing, "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored."
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • We will trample out the vineyards where the grapes of wrath are stored, ah-hah-hah!
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna

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  • And in a loud voice edged with hysteria, he sang: "M-m-mine eyes have seen the glory of the… the mighty Viking lords, they are trampling out the vineyards where the grapes of wrath are stored.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
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Associated words [difficulty]:   The Grapes of Wrath [7] , John Steinbeck [8] , Of Mice and Men [8] , Heart of Darkness [5] , The Catcher in the Rye [6] , A Tale of Two Cities [8] , Of Mice and Men [8] , The Old Man and the Sea [8] , Jane Eyre [4] , Heart of Darkness [5] , Moby-Dick [5] , Pride and Prejudice [5] , Robinson Crusoe [6] , The Catcher in the Rye [6] , The Count of Monte Cristo [6] , The Three Musketeers [6] , Anna Karenina [7] , Doctor Zhivago [7] , Great Expectations [7] , Gulliver’s Travels [7] , Little Women [7] , Lolita (the novel) [7] , Middlemarch [7] , Paradise Lost [7] , The Joy Luck Club [7] , A Tale of Two Cities [8] , Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [8] , Crime and Punishment [8] , Les Misérables [8] , Lord of the Flies [8] , Madame Bovary [8] , Mrs. Dalloway [8] , Of Mice and Men [8] , Pygmalion [8] , Rip Van Winkle [8] , Sense and Sensibility [8] , Slaughterhouse-Five [8] , The Brothers Karamazov [8] , The Color Purple [8] , The Great Gatsby [8] , The Hunchback of Notre Dame [8] , The Last of the Mohicans [8] , The Metamorphosis [8] , The Old Man and the Sea [8] , The Scarlet Letter [8] , Uncle Tom’s Cabin [8] , Wuthering Heights [8] , Animal Farm [9] , Bleak House [9] , Canterbury Tales [9] , One Hundred Years of Solitude [9] , The Adventures of Tom Sawyer [9] , The Call of the Wild [9] , The Sound and the Fury [9] , The Sun Also Rises [9] , The War of the Worlds [9]
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