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To a God Unknown
To a God Unknown | John Steinbeck
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Ancient pagan beliefs, the great Greek epics, and the Bible all inform this extraordinary novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, which occupied him for more than five difficult years. While fulfilling his dead fathers dream of creating a prosperous farm in California, Joseph Wayne comes to believe that a magnificent tree on the farm embodies his fathers spirit. His brothers and their families share in Josephs prosperity, and the farm flourishesuntil one brother, frightened by Josephs pagan belief, kills the tree, allowing disease and famine to descend on the farm. Set in familiar Steinbeck country, To a God Unknown is a mystical tale, exploring one mans attempt to control the forces of nature and, ultimately, to understand the ways of God and the forces of the unconscious within. This edition features an introduction and notes by Steinbeck scholar Robert DeMott.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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cheniko
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One of the best

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MariettaSG
To a God Unknown | John Steinbeck
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The incredible connection that the protagonist Joseph felt with the land and nature to the point where he found it difficult to know where one finished and the other began prompted me to think of what I have been taught regarding Australian Aboriginals and their bond with their land. I would love to hear an Aboriginal Australian or a First Nation American's perspective on this element of the novel as well as the novel as a whole.

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Kirstin
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My favourite Steinbeck novel.

quirkyreader I like the modern cover. Most of mine are the old Bantam and Penguin ones, which I dearly love. 6y
Kirstin I've owned many different copies and they all had different covers. I keep giving this book away to friends so, when I see it in a book store, I buy a copy. Nice to see you here, quirkyreader! :) 6y
MrBook Oooh, even better than Grapes? 6y
Kirstin It's very different from Grapes. I love them both but, this one is magical. 6y
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