Cannery Row - John Steinbeck

Cannery Row

By John Steinbeck

  • Release Date: 1945-01-02
  • Genre: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 363 Ratings)


Steinbeck's tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society, dependant on one another for both physical and emotional survival

Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, including longtime friend Ed Ricketts, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Dora, Mack and his boys, Lee Chong, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works. In her introduction, Susan Shillinglaw shows how the novel expresses, both in style and theme, much that is essentially Steinbeck: “scientific detachment, empathy toward the lonely and depressed…and, at the darkest level…the terror of isolation and nothingness.”

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From the Trade Paperback edition.



    By Prophet Amos
    This book is funny and shows a few great book personalities. I was lauhing out loud. Enjoy the classics, you cannot go wrong with them.
  • Cannery Row

    By Rocketgirl56
    When reading about the lives of people on the margins of society I normally experience fascination, compassion, and some degree of empathy. Not so with this book. I believe that is because the characters were thinly drawn. We were just not told very much about them. The story line seemed shallow and underdeveloped as well, with the book approximating a collection of vignettes more than a wholistic novel. Steinbeck is a celebrated author but this book was a big disappointment to me. I almost stopped reading half way through, but I find it difficult to leave a book unfinished.
  • Cannery Row

    By profwwb
    John Steinbeck paints a beautiful picture of a place and people obviously dear to him. I've walked cannery row more times than I can count, stayed in Pacific Grove when the Monarchs rested high in the trees, strolled up Carmel hill, and stared at the cement remains of Doc's holding ponds. If you've been to canner Row, you'll want to go back, and if you've never been- hurry, so you can capture one of the most beautiful stretches if coastline in America,
  • Cannery Row 2014

    By akajerrygarcia
    Yes the impact on the lives of countless people who visit Cannery Row and stop by Doc Ricketts office and lab. They say a polite hello and continue on the The Monterrey Aquarium where the dreams of Doc have come true.
  • Monterey Bay

    I grew up 30 minutes from Cannery Row. This book filled my imagination with what is was like when it was a working fishery and not a tourist attraction. Steinbeck's detail on the location and characters was amazing! I'll be buying the rest of his writings.
  • Cannery row

    By Cheesy l
    This boom is so freaking boring
  • Great read

    By Rob C W
    I really enjoyed this book. Was sad to see it end. Great character development and area history. I've recommended it to others who've also really enjoyed it.
  • Great book

    By Hama806
    To when it rains: you got the sample of this book. You have to pay for it in order to get the complete book. This book did not deserve a one star rating from you. Just sayin.
  • Waste of money

    By JimMc88
    I tried to download this book and it crashed. I have the book on iBooks, but can't open it. I tried to report the problem, but can't access that either. $9.99 down the drain
  • Canery Row

    By NapkinChippy
    Steinbeck is a master of character development. Absolutely lovable characters (even the gopher)!