John Steinbeck



       John Steinbeck (1902-
1968), born in Salinas, California,
came from a family of moderate
means. S...
The theme of the book-the story of King Arthur and the forming of the Round Table-
remained well hidden from the readers a...
(2)
                            The way west
      They were going to west. They were travelling by their old truck.
The t...
that if he does not do anything wrong the police will not care where he
is.
      They went on through the next small town...
families decided to continue the journey together. Thus, with two cars they
can arrive earlier to California.




        ...
From my point of view, the book is touching. The Joan’s family have to pass
some difficulties to arrive to California, and...
they founded another folk people like them, who had camping before
and wanted spend the night there. They look so friendly...
CHAPTER SUMMARY: (2) summary. The corrections of the text are below; after the
opinions, because I had to copy the text an...
move to another place to get job, very well. I would like to recommend this book to
those who can not accept immigrants be...
they found other common people like them, who had been camping
before and wanted spend the night there. They looked so fri...
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  1. 1. John Steinbeck John Steinbeck (1902- 1968), born in Salinas, California, came from a family of moderate means. Steinbeck attended the local high school and worked on farms and ranches during his vacations. To finance his education, he held many jobs and sometimes dropped out of college for whole quarters. Between 1920 and 1926, he studied marine biology at Stanford University, but did not take a degree, because he always planned to be a writer. Several of his early poems and short stories appeared in university publications. After spending a short time as a labourer on the construction of Madison Square Garden in New York City and reporter for the American, Steinbeck returned to California. While writing, Steinbeck took odd jobs, as apprentice hood-carrier, apprentice painter, caretaker of an estate, surveyor, and fruit-picker. When he was as a watchman of a house in the High Sierra, Steinbeck wrote his first book, CUP OF GOLD (1929). It failed to earn back the $250 the publisher had given him in an advance. After publishing some novels and short stories, Steinbeck first became widely known with Tortilla Flat (1935), a series of humorous stories about Monterey paisanos.
  2. 2. The theme of the book-the story of King Arthur and the forming of the Round Table- remained well hidden from the readers and critics as well. After the success of Tortilla Flat, Steinbeck moved on to more serious fiction, often aggressive in its social criticism, to In Dubious Battle (1936), which deals with the strikes of the migratory fruit pickers on California plantations. This was followed by Of Mice and Men (1937), the story of the imbecile giant Lennie, and a series of admirable short stories collected in the volume The Long Valley (1938). In 1939 he published what is considered his best work, The Grapes of Wrath, the story of Oklahoma tenant farmers who, unable to earn a living from the land, moved to California where they became migratory workers. Steinbeck's novels(1) can all be classified as social novels dealing with the economic problems of rural labour, but there is also a streak of worship of the soil in his books, which does not always agree with his matter-of-fact sociological approach. Note- The texts that follow are illegible, so I have copied the text and removed the pictures, adding it thereafter.
  3. 3. (2) The way west They were going to west. They were travelling by their old truck. The truck does some bad noise but Al, who knows something about mechanics, thought it might not mean trouble. During the journey Al asked his mother if she was scared and if she thought where they are going will be a good place. His mother answered him: “I am not scared. In front of us, there is a thousand different lives we might have do not mind where we are.” Later, they need gas and they stopped in front of the shack. A man come out of the shack, he looks angry. He asked them if they have money because some people have stolen him so many times. When the family told him that they have money the man put them gas friendly. When the truck was filled of gas they get up on it, and started the trip again, now Tom was the driver. They reached Oklahoma City and then they were on Highway 66. Then, mum asked Tom, who has been in jail for 3 years, if he is on parole what happens when he crosses a line state. And Tom explain her
  4. 4. that if he does not do anything wrong the police will not care where he is. They went on through the next small town and out on the other side. They always stopped near the road to eat something. In this place, they founded another folk people like them, who had camping before and wanted spend the night there. They look so friendly. They invited the family to spend the night with them like their neighbours. The Death of Grampa They enjoyed a good dinner together. Later, everybody got their bed, each morning they get up early to start their journey again. Mum helped Grampa into the tent. She was worried about him because he was sick. Casy took a look to Grampa and he confirmed mum’s worries. He did everything to help him but the only thing that helped Grampa was his praying. Casy used to preach religion to people in Oklahoma. Then, Mum took Grampa outside the tent. Granma sat proudly and covered her face with her arm. Everybody was sad. But, now, they should decide what to do with the body, because they hadn’t enough money to bury Grampa. So, Father told everybody that they will bury Grampa there themselves. When everything was ready, the two families stood round the grave. Casy said some words. Everybody was speaking around the fire. They spoke about the things that they hope to find in California. They like each other, and the
  5. 5. families decided to continue the journey together. Thus, with two cars they can arrive earlier to California. First opinion I really liked the book. In my opinion, it shows perfectly how was the situation during de Depression in the late 1920s. The farmers had to leave their lands and go to California, where they believed that there was work and good wages. Besides, the book teach some vocabulary which was used by folks people. And I think it was easy to understand. The book is highly recommendable because it can teach something about American History. Silvia Pintor Second opinion From my point of view the book is boring. It told about a journey that was made a long time ago, who are interested in? Really I do not like the story because it was tragic, two of the protagonist died. I prefer read about love stories. In conclusion, I do not recommend this book; maybe it is good like sleeping pill. Julian Martinez Third opinion
  6. 6. From my point of view, the book is touching. The Joan’s family have to pass some difficulties to arrive to California, and when they arrive there, they have to look for job, it was not easy. I think the book capture the situation that the people who have had to move to another place to get job, very well. I would like to recommend this book to those who can not accept the immigrants because, thus, they can know how difficult it is. The immigrants leave their family and everything to try to get something better. Eduardo Perez They were going to west. They were travelling by their old truck. The truck does some bad noise but Al, who knows something about mechanics, thought it might not mean trouble. During the journey Al asked his mother if she was scared and if she thought where they are going will be a good place. His mother answered him: “I am not scared. In front of us, there is a thousand different lives we might have do not mind where we are.” Later, they need gas and they stopped in front of the shack. A man come out of the shack, he looks angry. He asked them if they have money because some people have stolen him so many times. When the family told him that they have money the man put them gas friendly. When the truck was filled of gas they get up on it, and started the trip again, now Tom was the driver. They reached Oklahoma City and then they were on Highway 66. Then, mum asked Tom, who has been in jail for 3 years, if he is on parole what happens when he crosses a line state. And Tom explain her that if he does not do anything wrong the police will not care where he is. They went on through the next small town and out on the other side. They always stopped near the road to eat something. In this place,
  7. 7. they founded another folk people like them, who had camping before and wanted spend the night there. They look so friendly. They invited the family to spend the night with them like their neighbours. The Death of Grampa They enjoyed a good dinner together. Later, everybody got their bed, each morning they get up early to start their journey again. Mum helped Grampa into the tent. She was worried about him because he was sick. Casy took a look to Grampa and he confirmed mum’s worries. He did everything to help him but the only thing that helped Grampa was his praying. Casy used to preach religion to people in Oklahoma. Then, Mum took Grampa outside the tent. Granma sat proudly and covered her face with her arm. Everybody was sad. But, now, they should decide what to do with the body, because they hadn’t enough money to bury Grampa. So, Father told everybody that they will bury Grampa there themselves. When everything was ready, the two families stood round the grave. Casy said some words. Everybody was speaking around the fire. They spoke about the things that they hope to find in California. They like each other, and the families decided to continue the journey together. Thus, with two cars they can arrive earlier to California. CORRECTIONS BIOGRAPHY: Apart from (1) (Repetition of the word “novels”) there are no mistakes. Did you write it yourself?
  8. 8. CHAPTER SUMMARY: (2) summary. The corrections of the text are below; after the opinions, because I had to copy the text and remove the background picture ti make it legible. First opinion I really liked the book. In my opinion, it shows perfectly well what the situation was like during the Depression in the late 1920s. The farmers had to leave their lands and go to California, where they believed that there was work and good wages. Besides, the book teaches us some vocabulary which was used by common people. And I think it was easy to understand. (The book is highly recommendable because it can teach something about American History.)-This sentence is neither a complete summary nor a new point. You ought to either suppress it or change it to turn it into a new idea. Silvia Pintor Second opinion In my opinion(*) the book is boring. It told about a journey that was made a long time ago. Who is interested in something like that? I don’t really like the story because it was tragic: two of the protagonists died. I prefer to read love stories. In conclusion, I do not recommend this book; maybe it is good as a sleeping pill. Julian Martinez (*)”From my point of view” is used when your opinion represents a group of like- minded people. For example, the people who belong to your organization or party; or people who have suffered the same as you, or are in the same category at work or in society. If your opinion is not representative of a group, use another expression: “in my view”, “in my opinion”, “as far as I’m concerned”, “the way I see it”, “to my way of thinking”… Third opinion In my view, the book is touching. Joan’s family have to experience some difficulties to get to California, and when they arrive there, they have to look for a job. It was not easy. I think the book captures the situation of the people who have had to
  9. 9. move to another place to get job, very well. I would like to recommend this book to those who can not accept immigrants because, thus, they can see how difficult it is. Immigrants leave their families and everything to try to get something better. Eduardo Perez They were going west. They were travelling in their old truck. The truck made some bad noise but Al, who knew something about mechanics, thought it might not mean trouble. During the journey Al asked his mother if she was scared and if she thought where they were going would be a good place. His mother answered him: “I am not scared. In front of us, there are a thousand different lives (we might have do not mind where we are.”)(What does this mean?Ahead of us…lives we might have wherever we are?) Later, they needed gas and they stopped in front of the shack. A man come out of the shack. He looked angry. He asked them if they had money because some people had robbed him so many times. When the family told him that they had money the man served them and was friendly. When the truck was filled of gas they got up on it, and started the journey again. Now Tom was the driver. They reached Oklahoma City and then they were on Highway 66. Then, mum asked Tom, who had been in jail for 3 years, what might happen if he crossed a state border whilst still being on parole. And Tom explained to her that if he did not do anything wrong the police would not care where he is. They went on through the next small town and out on the other side. They always stopped near the road to eat something. In this place,
  10. 10. they found other common people like them, who had been camping before and wanted spend the night there. They looked so friendly. They invited the family to spend the night with them like good neighbours. The Death of Grampa journey again. Mum helped Grampa into the tent. She was worried about him They enjoyed a good dinner together. Later, everybody went to bed. Every morning they got up early to start their because he was sick. Casy took a look at Grampa and he confirmed mum’s worries. He did everything to help him but the only thing that helped Grampa was his praying. Casy used to preach religion to people in Oklahoma. Then, Mum took Grampa outside the tent. Granma sat proudly and covered her face with her arm. Everybody was sad. But, now, they had to decide what to do with the body, because they didn’t have enough money to bury Grampa. So, Father told everybody that they would bury Grampa there themselves. When everything was ready, the two families stood round the grave. Casy said some words. Everybody was speaking around the fire. They spoke about the things that they hoped to find in California. They liked each other, and the families decided to continue the journey together. Thus, with two cars they would be able to reach California faster. OK-6 Please don’t copy an extract as long as that. The contrast between the different parts of the work is enormous. Pay attention to pasta marrative verb forms. Don’t change from past to present without being aware of what you are doing.

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