Cannery Row by John Steinbeck book review

Clif High told me to read this book. Steinbeck being a great American author, and given our current circumstance (imminent social order upheaval and financial collapse), it was Clif’s idea that our experience would be similar to Steinbeck’s description in this book. I would have to disagree. If you are going to read American authors, Melville and his journey to NEW EARTH is a better synonym for what we are about to experience.

The book was finished quickly, which means I enjoyed it very much. A page turner. Many Americans will be offended by the whorehouse antics and alcohol commercial quality of the writing. If you read this book and have troubles with your drinking, it will only make it worse.

The story is just as phantastic as any sword-quest story I have read. Steinbeck giving qualities of respect and tenderness to the down-and-out, the underworld, the poor and destitute.

Bums do not throw parties for wizards (Doc). Whores do not associate with men outside of their profession.

I suppose the parts that are true, the parts Clif was referencing, are the people sleeping in rusted boilers and steel pipes on empty lots, already American fact.

Thank you Clif High, and thank you John Steinbech.

Finally, what did the Frankie character and gopher have to do with the narrative? I don’t understand.

Except, you know I understand. (Feigning ignorance and self-deprecation are my strongest magicks)

Frankie is the only real part of the narrative.

The gopher had to go searching for his females elsewhere.

Get ready America.

Some of my highlights:

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck & Susan Shillinglaw

Book last read: 2023-01-15 19:50:55
Percentage read: 100%

Chapter 3: Chapter 1
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Chapter progress: 8.92%
Highlight: man’s right to kill himself is inviolable,

Chapter 4: Chapter 2
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Chapter progress: 11.46%
Highlight: What can it profit a man to gain the whole world and to come to his property with a gastric ulcer, a blown prostate, and bifocals?

Chapter 7: Chapter 5
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Chapter progress: 17.2%
Highlight: Western Biological sells bugs and snails and spiders, and rattlesnakes, and rats, and honey bees and gila monsters. These are all for sale. Then there are little unborn humans, some whole and others sliced thin and mounted on slides.

Chapter 8: Chapter 6
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Chapter progress: 19.75%
Highlight: Doc was collecting marine animals in the Great Tide Pool on the tip of the Peninsula.
Notes: only certified endowment enriched sellouts able to harvest from sea.

Chapter 8: Chapter 6
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Chapter progress: 21.02%
Highlight: Besides, these are going to the Middle West to Northwestern University.
Notes: Endowment enriched academic morons.

Chapter 10: Chapter 8
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Chapter progress: 28.03%
Highlight: Curtains?” he demanded. “What in God’s name do you want curtains

Chapter 13: Chapter 11
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Chapter progress: 33.76%
Highlight: he had a sad life, for he always made just a fraction less than he needed to live.
Notes: Prison planet.

Chapter 13: Chapter 11
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Chapter progress: 35.67%
Highlight: A delicacy about the license plates and the lights made Gay choose back streets.
Notes: Road pirates for stickers and plates.

Chapter 13: Chapter 11
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Chapter progress: 35.67%
Highlight: Two generations of Americans knew more about the Ford coil than the clitoris

Chapter 14: Chapter 12
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Chapter progress: 37.58%
Highlight: But the better and richer families were coming to it
Notes: Embalming the dead.

Chapter 14: Chapter 12
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Chapter progress: 37.58%
Highlight: In those days little boys were courteous.

Chapter 15: Chapter 13
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Chapter progress: 40.13%
Highlight: Mack and the boys would have thought anyone who traveled without salt, pepper, and coffee very silly indeed.

Notes: Apocalypse science.

Chapter 15: Chapter 13
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Chapter progress: 40.13%
Highlight: Only fools build big fires.

Chapter 15: Chapter 13
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Chapter progress: 42.68%
Highlight: Doc is the nicest fella I ever knew.

Chapter 17: Chapter 15
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Chapter progress: 48.41%
Highlight: My wife is a wonderful woman,” he said in a kind of peroration. “Most wonderful woman. Ought to of been a man. If she was a man I wouldn’ of married her.”

Chapter 19: Chapter 17
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Chapter progress: 52.87%
Highlight: People didn’t like you for telling the truth.

Chapter 20: Chapter 18
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Chapter progress: 54.78%
Highlight: He drank some hot coffee, ate three sandwiches and had a quart of beer.

Chapter 21: Chapter 19
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Chapter progress: 57.32%
Highlight: They didn’t denounce him and he promised to stop. He was very prominent in the Masonic Lodge.

Notes: 33.3

Chapter 22: Chapter 20
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Chapter progress: 59.24%
Highlight: we’ll make over to you twenty-five frogs for a buck. You got a five-frog profit there and nobody loses his shirt.”

Notes: Frogs for money. Somebody call the feds.

Chapter 22: Chapter 20
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Chapter progress: 59.87%
Highlight: They did not measure their joy in goods sold, their egos in bank balances, nor their loves in what they cost.

Chapter 25: Chapter 23
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Chapter progress: 70.7%
Highlight: They could ruin their lives and get money.

Chapter 25: Chapter 23
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Chapter progress: 70.7%
Highlight: And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success.
Notes: Greed is dead. Alphabet inc.gov owns everything.

Chapter 25: Chapter 23
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Chapter progress: 73.25%
Highlight: Word came down to Dora that it was all right to open up the Bear Flag.
Notes: Whore house acceptance.

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