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The Long Valley (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by John Steinbeck

By John Steinbeck

First released in 1938, this quantity of reports gathered with the encouragement of his longtime editor Pascal Covici serves as a superb advent to the paintings of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck. Set within the appealing Salinas Valley of California, the place uncomplicated humans farm the land and fight to discover a spot for themselves on the planet, those tales mirror Steinbeck’s attribute pursuits: the tensions among city and nation, workers and vendors, prior and current. integrated listed below are the O. Henry Prize-winning tale “The Murder”; “The Chrysanthemums,” might be Steinbeck’s so much tough tale, either for my part and artistically; “Flight,” “The Snake,” “The White Quail,” and the vintage stories of “The pink Pony.” With an creation and notes through John H. Timmerman.

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I stood there and looked with a kind of detached though respectful silence at this, aware of it not as death, quite, but death’s signature. I was conscious of the difference. I spent my minute there, head bowed, and then walked back to my seat at the rear of the room with the other young people, all in their early teens, like me. I saw my mother and my Aunt Florence come from where I had just been, and my mother had a handkerchief that she held to her nose. She sobbed, once. ” I don’t know—or I don’t remember—what this was about; I think it had something to do with what had gone on last night, at the viewing.

There was a record player for the Wedding March, the swing music everyone knew— Father loved torch songs, and appreciated The variety of feeling in that music. Music with wit, he said, humming Cole Porter. He teased us about rock, while saxophones, Clarinets and trumpets melted Into the musty air of the church basement. She danced with our grandfather, about whom I said, “He just goes on and on,” and meant That somehow we all would, too: she waltzed With him; they murmured pleasantly; he gave Advice, and then our youngest brother touched The old man’s elbow, cutting in.

Here, you stand half in, half out of the sea, Glimmering with lotion. You’re waiting for Something beautiful to happen. You know It will happen—it has happened to you Before. And you’re ready. You feel certain We’ll be there when the bad years come. You Aren’t afraid. The car’s safe. Your husband’s Good with them. Machines work as bodies Work. The world’s sky-blue. You’ve baptized your Children. No one’s gone. With us, you keep The holy hour. Sun fires each strand of your hair! 32 IV Back Stories The Woman in Sargent’s The Sulphur Match Speaks Well, Dear, we’re not petit bourgeois.

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