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In Dubious Battle - John Steinbeck

On the back of this 1978 Pan edition* it describes this novel as “the precursor to Steinbeck’s epic Grapes of Wrath”. The similarities with GOW are many. This is the story of two radical socialists (Mac and Jim Nolan) who are a part of a socialist underground movement in America, who ride the rails to various destinations to infiltrate underpaid workforces, and to fan the flames of revolt and strike against unfair workers rights and pay.

The novel centre’s on a particular dispute between the owners of fruit plantations in an area called Torgas Valley and the migrant workers who they exploit (in those lean years of America in the 1930’s, there is historical proof of vast exploitation of the poor by industrial and agricultural companies, which the writer felt strongly about). As with Mice and Men at approx 200 pages, this is more of a long-short story than a novel. It’s focus seems to be the constant clashing of capitalism and the welfare of human beings. I would say its as universal and timeless in its message as Orwell’s ‘1984’ or ‘Animal Farm’. A Short book but wide ranging in its insistence on the importance of striving for a common good for the many, not just the few.

* If you are reading this, this is a nod to the charitable girl/geezer that recently donated approx fifteen excellently looked after Steinbeck books (of which I have purchased three) to the Oxfam in Headingley, Leeds. Rest assured they have gone to a good home. That is all.
lebowski

Re: In Dubious Battle - John Steinbeck

Dock wrote:
On the back of this 1978 Pan edition* it describes this novel as “the precursor to Steinbeck’s epic Grapes of Wrath”. The similarities with GOW are many. This is the story of two radical socialists (Mac and Jim Nolan) who are a part of a socialist underground movement in America, who ride the rails to various destinations to infiltrate underpaid workforces, and to fan the flames of revolt and strike against unfair workers rights and pay.

The novel centre’s on a particular dispute between the owners of fruit plantations in an area called Torgas Valley and the migrant workers who they exploit (in those lean years of America in the 1930’s, there is historical proof of vast exploitation of the poor by industrial and agricultural companies, which the writer felt strongly about). As with Mice and Men at approx 200 pages, this is more of a long-short story than a novel. It’s focus seems to be the constant clashing of capitalism and the welfare of human beings. I would say its as universal and timeless in its message as Orwell’s ‘1984’ or ‘Animal Farm’. A Short book but wide ranging in its insistence on the importance of striving for a common good for the many, not just the few.

* If you are reading this, this is a nod to the charitable girl/geezer that recently donated approx fifteen excellently looked after Steinbeck books (of which I have purchased three) to the Oxfam in Headingley, Leeds. Rest assured they have gone to a good home. That is all.


Thanks Dock, I will look it up, can't get enough Steinbeck.

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