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  • Title: To a God Unknown
  • Author: John Steinbeck Robert DeMott
  • ISBN: 9780141185507
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • While fulfilling his dead father s dream of creating a prosperous farm in California, Joseph Wayne comes to believe that a magnificent tree on the farm embodies his father s spirit His brothers and their families share in Joseph s prosperity and the farm flourishes until one brother, scared by Joseph s pagan belief, kills the tree and brings disease and famine on the faWhile fulfilling his dead father s dream of creating a prosperous farm in California, Joseph Wayne comes to believe that a magnificent tree on the farm embodies his father s spirit His brothers and their families share in Joseph s prosperity and the farm flourishes until one brother, scared by Joseph s pagan belief, kills the tree and brings disease and famine on the farm Set in familiar Steinbeck country, To a God Unknown is a mystical tale, exploring one man s attempt to control the forces of nature and to understand the ways of God.
    To a God Unknown While fulfilling his dead father s dream of creating a prosperous farm in California Joseph Wayne comes to believe that a magnificent tree on the farm embodies his father s spirit His brothers and th

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    1. Steinbeck s second novella is than the sum of words that composes it On the surface, a story of a young man called Joseph Wayne who leaves his homeland in Vermont to establish his own farm in Our Lady of the Valley, California Underneath, a parable that is a converging point between pagan rites, Greek myths and the Old Testament, rich with allegorical meaning and thought provoking interpretations.The lush, fertile valley that Joseph selects to start a family and a cluster of farms with his brot [...]

    2. Back in 2012 I embarked on a project of reading my way through the works of John Steinbeck Looking back on it, I should have developed a bit of a plan reading the novels in chronological order probably would have appealed to my Virgo tendencies As it is, I started with Cannery Row, moved on to The Grapes of Wrath and then just read whatever came my way Having finished To a God Unknown, I now only have one novel Steinbeck s first, Cup of Gold and a couple of volumes of non fiction to read This [...]

    3. review in English below Uau 4 estrelas e meia Nem sei bem que diga, fiquei um bocado abananada por esta hist ria, duma intensidade que parece atravessar d cadas e continentes, transmitida atrav s duma escrita superior, incisiva e sem floreados, mas com uma sensibilidade que me surpreendeu.A hist ria excelente, tal como os personagens e as descri es dos ambientes percept vel que o autor conheceu aqueles locais, mas ilustr los desta forma n o para qualquer um.Foi o meu primeiro Steinbeck e certame [...]

    4. Continuing in my quest to read all of SteinbeckWow, this book affected me than any other book in a long while First, Steinbeck s writing is pure beauty Sometimes I stop and savor each sentence, particularly in descriptive passages, and the perfection with which he writes is unbelievable.Like the protagonist, Joseph, I love and feel connected to nature in a deep and a strong way I also have a strong sense of the sacred that permeates my everyday experiences Joseph seems always distracted by this [...]

    5. I do not know whether there are men born outside humanity, or whether some men are so human as to make others seem unreal Perhaps a godling lives on earth now and thenI tell you this man is not a man, unless he is all men 4.5 stars This book has so much symbolism and layers of meaning that I will probably read it again to try to absorb everything I can t believe this was one of the first books Steinbeck wrote it seems like something written at the end of a writer s career It is rich and poignant [...]

    6. Everything seems to work with a recurring rhythm except life There is only one birth and only one death Nothing else is like that John Steinbeck, To a God UnknownAn early Steinbeck filled with amazing biblical, pagan, and Greek images The novel sketches the relationship between Joseph and his efforts homesteading out West with his family It is a story of four brothers who move from the East Vermont to the West California to work the land and raise cattle Joseph Wayne isn t the oldest, but he is [...]

    7. IN ENG To a God Unknown is my first read by Steinbeck I owned an old edition of The Grapes of Wrath , but I remember start reading it and being loss in so much description Description is, precisely, what worked so well in this book, in my opinion The title is marvel, and the book revolves aroud its symbology with admirable grace The script is rather simple land in the West Coast is being given away and Joseph Wayne, who always dreamt of possessing something of his own, says goodbye to his dying [...]

    8. Steinbeck wrote a number of California novels The early ones feature lyrical descriptive prose of the land, whether of the Salinas Valley or the Pacific Coast Clearly Steinbeck loved the area, had a real passion for the valleys, the vegetation, the animals and the people who lived there But while almost all of his other California novels that focused on the land and the people who lived on it were gently affectionate, To A God Unknown is a very different bird The title is taken from an adaptatio [...]

    9. Pensei que me fosse mais f cil escrever sobre este livro, mas talvez noutra altura Por enquanto quero s dizer que foi uma experi ncia bastante enriquecedora e que tenciono, quando tiver mais disponibilidade, ler outras obras do autor Muito, muito recomendado.

    10. I opened this book for the first time one of the few Steinbeck novels I had not yet read shortly after completing my own first attempt at writing a novel The little book is one of Steinbeck s earliest published works and, interestingly enough, the one that took him the longest to complete It was in this context that I found the book most provoking myself an aspiring writer, it was interesting to witness part of the development of one of my favorite novelists Although not yet as strong and define [...]

    11. An odd, often clumsy, but also fearless book To a God Unknown is John Steinbeck s second novel, following a historical romance I would not have guessed, in reading its first half, that I would end up giving it a 4 star rating, but its insistence on its unusual pantheistic themes, coupled with Steinbeck s tremendous evocation of the interior, unsung part of the California landscape s beauties and terrors, combined for powerful effect The reader must be prepared for unrealistic dialogue Steinbeck [...]

    12. Although it runs only 240 pages compare that to East of Eden at 601 pages , To a God Unknown was the project which took Steinbeck the longest to complete It was only his second full length novel, and he worked on it over a period of five years, nearly scrapping it on than one occasion And despite all of his revisions and efforts he just did not succeed in making it a great piece of literature.Now don t get me wrong it is still in an entirely different league than the pulpy kind of garbage that [...]

    13. Desconhecido, mas n o irreconhec vel O segundo romance de Steinbeck tem os seus aspectos mais crus, mas a constante tens o que irradia demonstra arte A pr pria sinopse reveladora de desgra a Joseph obt m a ben o do pai para se mudar para um vale na Calif rnia onde, ap s a morte do patriarca, desloca os seus tr s irm os No novo rancho da fam lia, Joseph acredita que o esp rito do pai continua vivo, atrav s de uma rvore Contrariado pela vis o pag de Joseph, o irm o Burton mata a rvore e, a partir [...]

    14. Tiene todos los elementos que luego van a marcar la obra de Steinbeck la importancia de la tierra, sequ as, familias humildes luchando por salir adelante, migraciones, el oeste, misticismo y mucha simbolog a b blica La parte final me ha parecido un poco rida, y en general toda la novela se centra m s en transmitir la idea y abandona un poco a los personajes, que est n lejos de ser tan entra ables como otras familias steinbeckianas Aun as , la he disfrutado mucho, y es interesante comparar esta s [...]

    15. Vi dico che quell uomo non un uomo, a meno che non sia tutti gli uomini in uno La forza, la resistenza, il lungo e incespicante pensiero di tutti gli uomini e anche tutta la gioia e tutta la sofferenza che in essi si cancellano a vicenda senza uscirne E tutto questo, il ricettacolo di almeno un frammento d ogni anima umana, e pi ancora un simbolo dell anima della terra John Steinbeck senza pari Gli scrittori come lui sono pochi, i narratori come lui si contano sulla punta delle dita Narratori ve [...]

    16. Ehh.The things I liked were 1 the breathtaking, awe inspiring descriptions of nature 2 the sometimes heavy handed symbolismd 3 the well rounded portrayal of women as sexual beings yet with boundless strength and intelligence.The things I didn t like 1 the hero Joseph Wayne made choices that consistently made me want to discontinue reading 2 the glorification of emotional unavailability stoicism, as if it were an ideal character trait is it really ideal This trait was unquestionably assumed to be [...]

    17. One of Steinbeck s early novellas, it is eerie, neo paganistic, and sublime The brother who is murdered was actually based on a real literary figureJoseph Campbell The two ran with the same literary crowd in the 40s and Campbell had an affair of the heart with Steinbeck s wife Steinbeck handled the affair with grace and tact in reality, but poured out some righteous anger in To a God Unknown Awesome stuff.

    18. I really want to give To a God Unknown that three stars, because it s than an average kind of novel I wouldn t call it boring in places, but rather trying It requires patience and a blind belief from the reader that in the end this slow, seemingly pointless plot will pay off And that s a lot to ask from a reader I do trust John Steinbeck, so I stuck around until the end I m glad I did There is nothing shocking or impactful that happens in the finale, but after turning the last page I still fee [...]

    19. I feel like I start a lot of reviews these days by explaining how and why I picked a particular book up, and I m not sure it s useful to anyone else, but it s certainly useful to me I like to be able to trace back where each book came from So, in that vein, this book came as part of an experiment I ve been doing with the database NoveList, which I like for a lot of reasons To be precise, I m taking books I ve really loved from previous years and looking at their read alike recommendations.Note T [...]

    20. One of the latest books that I ve read recently is John Steinbeck s To A God Unknown, his second novel, and a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature The story, which looks to the Bible, ancient myths, paganism and several other influences, weaves together a story about belief and faith, mixing reality and fantasy in what I would really call a speculative fiction novel.Set in the 1800s, the book follows the story of the Joseph Wayne, a Vermonter, who yearns to go out west, and receiving the b [...]

    21. Sicuramente Steinbeck conosceva bene la Bibbia, molto meglio di me che pure vado a Messa tutte le domeniche.La sua produzione o perlomeno quello che io ho letto della sua produzione letteraria, sin qui cinque opere, ne pervasa che si tratti dell esodo dei contadini di Furore che partono in massa verso la terra di latte e miele, o degli abitanti della verde vallata de I pascoli del cielo ai quali il Signore li conduce , o dell altare di Al Dio sconosciuto e del suo intrinseco richiamo a San Paolo [...]

    22. In To a God Unknown, Steinbeck uses allegory to explicitly advance the philosophy of Nietzsche s bermensch.Steinbeck After meeting an old man over the range and witnessing the sunset sacrifice of a pig at his hands, Joseph asks Why do you do this After the two engage a back and forth dialogue, the old man hits his point I do it for myself I can t tell that it does not help the sun But it is for me In the moment, I am the sun Do you see I, through the beast, am the sun I burn in the death Further [...]

    23. Its ambiguity, a novel written in ode to an unknown god, is what originally drew me to the book Seeing that Steinbeck s latter works tended to be pretty biographical, I got the book, curious to see whether it gave any insight into how Steinbeck viewed religion or his faith It was surprising to realize that the book is not so much intended to be a coherent story that spawns reader admiration, but rather, as Steinbeck himself put it, a complex mesh of his ideas and musings about life, death, and d [...]

    24. I can always count on a Steinbeck to break the streak of crappy, 2 star reads I love how I can always return to him, with a book I ve never really heard of, and immediately fall back in step with his style, his worldview, and completely love his message Apparently this is his second book, and you can clearly see how he s building up to his greater works, laying the foundation for themes to be developed throughout the course of his writing career Though clearly in his second tier under Grapes, Mi [...]

    25. L evocazione di temi biblici, spesso contaminata da una religiosit pagana misteriosa e quasi magica, caratterizza molta parte della narrativa di Steinbeck, sia per le vicende che tratta, sia per le caratteristiche che imprime ai luoghi e ai personaggi In particolare, il paesaggio naturale si carica di significati inquietanti, di presagi propizi o infausti, scandendo e talora determinando il decorso degli eventi e le sorti delle persone alcuni protagonisti dei suoi romanzi, poi, possiedono un aur [...]

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