The Winter of Our Discontent

The Winter of Our Discontent

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The final novel of one of Americaa€™s most beloved writersa€”a tale of degeneration, corruption, and spiritual crisis In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had a€œresumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American.a€ Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbecka€™s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Islanda€™s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards. Set in Steinbecka€™s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty, and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by leading Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1, 500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.Many of the sad men who came to her for comfort and reassurance were hogtied with impotence, bound and helpless in sexual ... And she found it easy by small flatteries and reassurances to set them free to fight again against their whip- armed wives. ... she leaned toward the make-up mirror to inspect her tools, and her eyes saw through cream, powder, eye-shadowing, and ... There is an arsenal of maturity, of middle age, but these require training and technique she did not yet have.

Title:The Winter of Our Discontent
Author:John Steinbeck
Publisher:Penguin - 2008-08-26


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