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Dear Mack and the boys in Palace Flophouse I can t tell you how grateful I am for the advice you gave the author in the prologue You were entirely right, and helped him write a masterpiece After all, who would know better than you how to describe the intricate balance of talk, action and hooptedoodle, and chapters and settings and characters that form the unforgettable microcosm of Cannery Row Uninformed people might get the notion that Cannery Row is a hopeless dump filled with uneducated tricksters, bums, whores and criminals But that is not true at all Cannery Row is a place where people care for each other, help out, throw parties, try to cheer each other up when they are depressed They fight for their right to their share of love, peace and happiness, and of course they suffer For they are humans First rate feeling, acting, living, cheating, drinking, meddling humans.Starting with good intentions and ambitions, they screw up most of their projects, and ruin themselves and each other in the process, but they NEVER give up caring for Cannery Row and its inhabitants, and trying to do things better next time despite repeated disastrous results.Sometimes that means throwing a masquerade party to raffle off the Palace Flophouse, and a collective effort to get Doc married Sometimes it means breaking an arm as an act of compassion, and sometimes it means faking a fake horoscope to relieve a poor hero s anxiety over the burden that he s destined to become the President of The United States Of America.If Doc and Suzy had not ended up with each other against all odds, they would have broken the hearts of Joseph and Mary, Fauna, Mack and the boys, and especially Hazel, who had to rise to unbelievable heights of thinking to solve Doc s problem Whoever can follow the scene where Mack emergency teaches Suzy how to drive a car with chalk drawn on the floor without laughing and crying, has not got the Cannery Row spirit Whoever manages not to burst out in bitter laughter when Mack and the boys hand over the gift for Doc, the biggest TELESCOPE in the catalogue, has no heart for the creation of our father who art in nature, as quoted in Cannery Row, the prequel to Sweet Thursday Our Father who art in nature, who has given the gift of survival to the coyote, the common brown rat, the English sparrow, the house fly and the moth, must have a great and overwhelming love for no goods and blots on the town and bums, and Mack and the boys Virtues and graces and laziness and zest Our Father who art in nature What does it matter that it was a MICROSCOPE Doc needed After all, Steinbeck manages to link the macro cosmos as seen in a telescope to the miniature world of Monterey by zooming in the cosmic microscope on the tiny, dusty street of Cannery Row He re creates the nature of the whole world in a bitter sweet, hilarious tale of heroic bums and loving hookers.This is Steinbeck at his best From first to last page, I enjoyed every toss and turn of the story Steinbeck can make a literary home of anything, just like Suzy can create a room for herself in a boiler And it is with bittersweet melancholy that I join Mack in his final, caring statement, closing the novel with a compliment for Hazel, the unthinking bum with the biggest heart of all I think you d of made a hell of a president, he said. Sweet Thursday Cannery Row ReduxThe world is so full of a number of things, I m sure we should all be as happy as kings Happy Thought, from a Child s Garden of Verse, Robert Louis SteversonIf you love the works of John Steinbeck as I do, it does not matter whether the critics have labeled one of his novels among his major novels Even a minor Steinbeck is a joy to pick up and read Even re read Recently I reveled in Cannery Row Originally published in 1947, Steinbeck set the novel in the waning years of the Great Depression It was natural to jump into Sweet Thursday.Steinbeck s return to the Row was published in 1954 Although the setting is the same the community has gone through significant changes Time has jumped forward to the years following World War Two The Sardine canneries that flourished, providing the main economic flow in Monterey have closed The fisheries have been over harvested during the war years.Familiar faces are absent Lee Chong has sold his store and sailed to the South Pacific Dora, the madam of the Bear Flag has died in her sleep Gay, one of the boys living at the Palace Flophouse and Grill was killed in the war.New faces have arrived on the Row in their places Lee sold his store to Joseph and Mary, known as the Patron, a con man and chiseler, looking to exploit the growing immigrant population Flora, Dora s older sister has taken over the Bear Flag with a new perspective on the trade to graduate her working girls into married women She records their graduation by posting a gold star to commemorate their happy events And there s Suzy, a girl down on her luck who takes up residence at the Bear Flag though Flora doubts she s cut out for the working life.Otherwise, Steinbeck happily brings back the usual suspects to the pages of Sweet Thursday Doc remains the first citizen of the row, the man to whom everyone goes for a consultation on any matter for which they need an answer However, Doc has been to war He returns to find his lab inactive and questioning his future, whether he has anything left to contribute in the time left to him As usual he becomes involved in an esoteric scientific question the topic of apoplexy in octopi It will be the topic of a paper which he cannot seem to write And everyone notices that Doc just doesn t seem to be himself.Of course, everyone on the Row wants to do something GOOD for Doc However Doc is caught in a spiral of despairNow discontent nibbled at him not painfully, but constantly Where does discontent start You are warm enough, but you shiver You are fed, yet hunger gnaws you You have been loved, but your yearning wanders in new fields And to prod all these there s time, the bastard Time The end of life is now not so terribly far away you can see it the way you see the finish line when you come into the stretch and your mind says, Have I worked enough Have I eaten enough Have I loved enough All of these, of course, are the foundation of man s greatest curse, and perhaps his greatest glory What has my life meant so far, and what can it mean in the time left to me And now we re coming to the wicked, poisoned dart What have I contributed in the Great Ledger What am I worth And this isn t vanity or ambition Men seem to be born with a debt they can never pay no matter how hard they try It piles up ahead of them Man owes something to man If he ignores the debt it poisons him, and if he tries to make payments the debt only increases, and the quality of his gift is the measure of the manIn his wanderings, Doc encounters a mysterious hermit who tells Doc what his problem is It s the lack of love Well everyone on the Row has figured that out Flora and Mack and the boys all think Doc needs a woman Flora thinks Suzy is ready for a gold star.All the residents of the Row set out to throw Doc and Suzy together However the two just don t seem to fit Actually they fight like cats and dogs But they re looking for the same thing.Says DocWell, I remember this girl I am not whole without her I am not alive without her When she was with me I was alive than I have ever been, and not only when she was pleasant either Even when we were fighting I was wholeSays SuzyMaybe what I want ain t anywhere in the world, but I want it, so I think there is such a thing I want a guy that s wide open I want him to be a real guy, maybe even a tough guy, but I want a window in him He can have his dukes up every other place but not with me And he got to need the hell out of me He got to be the kind of guy that if he aint got me he ain t got nothing And brother, that guy s going to have somethingSteinbeck s return to the Row is a joyous, ribald celebration of life It is a delight from start to finish Minor If you re a literary critic, maybe so For the Steinbeck admirer, it s an absolute must Read it. The War is over and life seems to go back to normal in Cannery Row Mack and the boys return to their feisty drinking at the Palace Flophouse and Fauna and the girls recover their usual business at the Bear Flag Companionship and good cheer, camaraderie and the right dose of picaresque reign over the marginalized neighborhood in Monterey, and the familiar pulse of tragicomedy takes hold of the comforted reader.There is only a discordant note in Steinbeck s symphony that dulls the otherwise colorful picture old Doc has come back home from the front a changed man his boundless love for the sea, its marine creatures and even the appeasing voices of Gregorian chants have lost their allure Doc has run out of the selfless love that kept all the community tied up together and an impending sense of dread has darkened the mood of the whole neighborhood.Trying to reconnect with his former self and screaming out in stifling loneliness, Doc reopens his laboratory and embarks on a new project to study the behavioral pattern of octopuses in situations of stress yes, Steinbeck s humor shines with gusto , thinking that hard work will raise his spirits while ignoring the inner voice that nags mercilessly at him about what is missing in his life Luckily for Doc, Mack and Fauna know exactly what he needs to be a complete man again, and an improbable sequence of events will entertain and warm the heart of any reader who was missing the gang of crooks, vagrants, prostitutes and drunks that live in peaceful fellowship in Cannery Row.Once , Steinbeck s prose is a delight to read With loads of self effacing and good natured humor, he uses comedy and rich vocabulary salted with fine irony and a pinch of surrealism to create characters that will beat the odds and prevail over the grim circumstances that have been imposed on them.Forty chapters with titles, sporadic poetry and plenty of philosophy fill the pages of this endearing tale of love and friendship Time takes the best of us, and new yearnings plague even the most lone wolves when the moment is right The sea is lonely without its fish. Doc s solitude is the birth of a metamorphosis that will bring some anguish and self doubt but also the only chance that his dreams and wishes will materialize and make him whole If you had such an opportunity, would you let it pass by without risking everything you have to get it I thought so, and so did Steinbeck. Non posso che richiamare il commento scritto per Vicolo Cannery, di cui Quel fantastico gioved il seguito.Al primo diedi tre stelle, a questo ne d quattro Perch quello era il mio primo Steinbeck, nel frattempo ho letto i suoi capolavori e mi sono innamorata dell umanit , della sincerit di sentimenti, della bont di Steinbeck ed apprezzo tutto quello che lui ha scritto Gli d quattro stelle anche per le belle pagine di scrittura felice che ci regala, pagine evocative, con personaggi baricchiani , come avevo gi scritto nel commento a Vicolo Cannery Gli d quattro stelle perch come Steinbeck parla dell amicizia e dell a nessuno lo fa, con partecipazione, con compassione, con coinvolgimento. A book that is a love story on three levels We have the love that Mack, Hazel and the gang feel for Doc, their friend and mentor They want to set him up with a home, a girl and a microscope don t ask , and almost but not quite get it right.We have the slow burn love affair between Suzy and Doc From totally different backgrounds, repelled and attracted in equal measure, but always set to get together in the end.Most of all we have the love that Steinbeck clearly has for Cannery Row and it s motley cast of characters They may be living on the wrong side of town, have intermittent work prospects and have a relaxed attitude to morals and the law but their colourful and joyful lives are a treat to read Written with affection and wit this is a wonderful book, worth a read. I was in Monterey quite recently and even visited the Steinbeck house in Salinas, so I thought it would be a damn good time to read another Steinbeck As per usual, it was a really good read and as per usual, I was right But then again, it s always a good time to read Steinbeck Having said that, I do worry every time I read one of his books, because all the character s always die and it will always be sad The amount of hyperbole in that previous sentence is nothing to the level of my forgetfulness when it comes to Steinbeck s solid sense of humor For like Cannery Row, Sweet Thursday is actually a comedy.That makes sense, since Sweet Thursday is a sequel to Cannery Row Most all of the old characters are back and their aims are almost exactly the same Poor old Doc is set upon once again by Mac and the boys in their attempts do something nice for their beloved friend Of course, they have their own happiness in mind and their ways and means aren t conducive to well laid plans, so yes, things fall apart That s the whole point I could see someone docking the book for being a repeat and coasting on the coattails of a successful predecessor, but that someone is a douche Shut up, sit back and enjoy the fact that a major novelist gave you of a good thing Published in 1954, John Steinbeck s sequel to Cannery Row arrived nine years after its predecessor and directly followed the monumental world building of East of Eden This might explain why Sweet Thursday is on much sober footing than Steinbeck s previous literary excursions to Monterey, California rather than loosely connected vignettes connected to a party, this is of a fully formed novel, with a doggone romance as its centerpiece.In a prologue, Steinbeck indulges in a delightful bit of meta fiction Mack, king of the Palace Flophouse and leader of the indigents who squat there, comments on Cannery Row and how he would ve written the book differently Mack s beef is that the author should ve included chapter titles to help jog the reader s memory He then launches into general literary critique that s easy to read as an address by Steinbeck to his contemporariesWell, I like a lot of talk in a book, and I don t like to have nobody tell me what the guy that s talking looks like I want to figure out what he looks like from the way he talks And another thing I kind of like to figure out what the guy s thinking by what he says I like some description too, he went on I like to know what color a thing is, how it smells and maybe how it looks, and maybe how a guy feels about it but not too much of thatChapter 1 What Happened In Between picks up most of the characters of Cannery Row after the end of World War II Marine biologist Doc returns from a stint as a tech sergeant to find Western Biological Laboratories, which Doc had entrusted to a trust fund baby and fellow scientist known as Old Jingleballicks, run into disrepair Mack and the boys Hazel, Whitey No 1 and Whitey No 2 still reside rent free at the Palace Flophouse, but Lee Chong has sold the Heavenly Flower Grocery to a street hustler from Los Angeles named Joseph and Mary, who found the odds in drug trafficking too steep and transitioned into human trafficking instead By chance, Joseph and Mary discovered a few of his wards had musical talent He s now found a new hustle show business management.Dora Flood, owner of the Bear Flag Restaurant, died in her sleep The whorehouse has been inherited by her next of kin, an older sister from San Francisco named Flora, who s rechristened Fauna by one of the regulars Fauna runs the Bear Flag as a finishing school of sorts, priding herself in marrying her girls off to proper gentlemen Against every instinct, Fauna takes in a new arrival to Monterey named Suzy, a tough kid whose heart as well as her mouth is too big to make it as a hustler With no wife and no children, Doc has begun to think seriously about his legacy and hits upon the idea to write a paper on cephalopods, noting his many detailed observations about the moods of octopi Instead, he develops a bad case of writer s block and a cloud falls over all of Cannery Row Fauna sees that Suzy is too opinionated to excel as an employee of the Bear Flag and needs a husband as much as Mack needs a wife to lift him out of his malaise Meanwhile, Mack and the boys are worried that the deed to the Palace Flophouse has been sold to Joseph and Mary without his knowledge but when the new owner receives a tax bill, the tenants will be expected to pay rent Mack s brainstorm is to raffle off the deed to the flophouse, using the raffle to buy Doc an expensive microscope and rig the contest so that he inherits the flophouse as well Fauna and Mack s schemes converge, without Doc or Suzy having much to say about it Sweet Thursday the day between Lousy Wednesday and Waiting Friday is a delight Steinbeck conjures a world I didn t want to leave The climate and atmosphere of postwar Monterey with its shuttered canneries, its fishing fleets, its working girls, philosophers and charlatans is just one facet Steinbeck is a student of human nature and has a wonderful way of noting what s wrong with people without being bitten by bitterness or cynicism.Several of the characters of Cannery Row get the idea to do something nice for Doc, when in the end, they do what they really want, which is something nice for the person they know best themselves But their scams are always out in the open Characters lie, cheat, steal, slack off and take advantage of each other, but they feel bad about it too And with Monterey as small as it is, they have to live with their guilt and atone for it in some way, which I found hopeful This usually leads to a greater disaster, but it makes for delightful reading.Somewhere in there is the story of the whole human race.I leave you with some wisdom from Steinbeck regarding choosing a wifeYou know, they say there s three good reasons for marrying a hustler What are you talking about said Doc.Mack counted on his fingers Number one, she ain t likely to wander she s done all her experimenting Number two, you ain t likely to surprise her or disappoint her And number three, if a hustler goes for you she ain t got but one reason Doc watched him, hypnotized What reason She likes you Good night, Doc *Free Ebook ⇻ Sweet Thursday ☋ In Monterey, On The California Coast, Sweet Thursday Is What They Call The Day After Lousy Wednesday, Which Is One Of Those Days That Are Just Naturally Bad Returning To The Scene Of Cannery Row, The Weedy Lots And Junk Heaps And Flophouses Of Monterey, John Steinbeck Once Brings To Life The Denizens Of A Netherworld Of Laughter And Tears From Fauna, New Headmistress Of The Local Brothel, To Hazel, A Bum Whose Mother Must Have Wanted A Daughter Since listening to an audiobook edition of Cannery Row earlier this year and falling in love with both the characters and Steinbeck s writing, I ve looked forward to reading this sequel It s set about ten years after the events of Cannery Row Doc has returned from army service to his work at the Western Biological Laboratory and finds himself unsatisfied and depressed This makes the other denizens of Cannery Row decide that Doc needs a wife and that Suzy a new girl at the Bear Flag Restaurant is the wife for him Unlike Cannery Row, which is essentially a series of linked vignettes, Sweet Thursday has a traditional structure In many ways it resembles a 1950s romantic comedy think Spencer Tracey and Katharine Hepburn in which boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl In the process of finding true love, both Doc and Suzy have to learn a lot about themselves and about each other Getting Doc and Suzy together requires effort from Doc s friends, including Mack and the boys at the Palace Flophouse and in particular the dimwitted but sweet Hazel , Dora and the girls at the Bear Flag Restaurant and the new owner of Lee Chong s Grocery, who revels in the name of Jesus and Mary.I loved reading this novel The characters are well drawn and the narrative contains both humour and wisdom about the human condition I love Steinbeck s use of language there s something about the directness of his prose, its accessibility and its beauty, which really speaks to me This is not a high brow work It may not be up there with The Grapes of Wrath in terms of literary merit, but for anyone who has read and loved Cannery Row, it s a real treat I will definitely be reading it again Spending time with Doc and those who love him is a joy Not that I visualise Tracey and Hepburn in the roles of Doc and Suzy, but the sparring and the repartee which characterised their on screen relationship would be just right for this pair. A vida parecia seguir normalmente em cannery row, logo ap s a segunda guerra mundial Doc contudo, est triste, acaba de voltar da guerra, parece tamb m sem rumo, seu nico consolo seu laborat rio de pesquisas de animais marinhos, cascav is e outros seres Preocupado, seus amigos decidem ajud lo Todos acham que doc precisa de uma garota Suzy , uma prostituta rec m chegada a um cabar local parece ser a garota certa Todos querem dar uma ajudinha Desde Flora a dona do cabar que fez com que Suzy se sentisse uma mulher de verdade, saindo com um homem de verdade, n o com um cliente , at Hazel com um cora o enorme mas com uma mente curta que acaba exagerando um pouco em seu mpeto de ajudar.O livro ent o passa a explorar esse enredo Doc carrancudo em seu laborat rio, e Suzy no cabar sendo moldada para Doc S que Suzy demonstra ser muito mais do que essa simples garota procura de uma nova vida em uma nova cidade Dir amos aqui no Brasil que Suzy uma mulher porreta , arretada , n o ser f cil lidar com ela.Um livro muito agrad vel de se ler , divertido, leve , ir nico e acima de tudo, terno.