Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat Steinbeck is an artist and he tells the stories of these lovable thieves and adulterers with a gentle and poetic purity of heart and of prose New York Herald TribuneAdopting the structure and themes o

  • Title: Tortilla Flat
  • Author: John Steinbeck Thomas Fensch
  • ISBN: 9780140187403
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • Steinbeck is an artist and he tells the stories of these lovable thieves and adulterers with a gentle and poetic purity of heart and of prose New York Herald TribuneAdopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a Camelot on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey,California and peopled it with a colorful band of knights At the Steinbeck is an artist and he tells the stories of these lovable thieves and adulterers with a gentle and poetic purity of heart and of prose New York Herald TribuneAdopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a Camelot on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey,California and peopled it with a colorful band of knights At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur s castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging These knights are paisanos, men of mixed heritage, whose ancestors settled California hundreds of years before Free of ties to jobs and other complications of the American way of life, they fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil in the surrounding ocean of civil rectitude.As Steinbeck chronicles their deeds their multiple loves, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine drinking he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him.

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    1. I learned from this book that I continue to love Steinbeck. I despise the idea that he (like hemmingway for that matter) is sometimes considered a "simple" writer. Here's my opinion: Using flowery prose to add weight and impart meaning on a vaporous story is not great literature. A substantive story, containing meaning and moral, simply told IS great literature. This is what I run into every time I read Steinbeck. Hemmingway too. Simple construction - departing every so often to show off that ye [...]

    2. Much has been said about Steinbeck's apparent portrayal of Mexican Americans as lazy, amoral drunkards in Tortilla Flat. Some say Steinbeck was racist; some say he was just a product of his time. Which is right I do not know; Steinbeck may very well have been racist (he also uses "jew" as a slur and in several of his books uses unflattering stereotypes of Chinese people). I know nothing of the man's personal beliefs about race and it is a common fallacy to suppose an author always agrees with hi [...]

    3. Tales of the tall variety about a silly gang of friends whose boy's club antics remind one at times of "The Three Stooges" or "Last of the Summer Wine" as they cast about in search of adventure and drink, spinning their own unbelievable yarns while getting drunk, and philosophizing with wild abandon - be damned the passing of the day! Hell, there's even Yogi Bear-ish picnic basket pinching scene! Nonsense, it's all nonsense! Or is it? I seem to recall something quite profound was said somewhere [...]

    4. Briefly, Danny, the chief protagonist in this novel, returns from the war to Tortilla Flat (a paisano district that sits upon a hillside above Monterey), to find he has inherited two houses. What then follows is a comedic tale that fundamentally can be summed up in 5 words - wine, friendship, food, women and errwine again :o)This is the first John Steinbeck novel I've had the pleasure of reading, and quite simply it has left an indelible mark on me. What captivates me in the first instance is th [...]

    5. Η αλληλεπίδραση του κακού και του καλού. Ο πόνος και ο ανθρωπισμός. Δυνατά συναισθήματα από ήρωες που λυπάσαι αλλά και σέβεσαι. Πολυ δυνατή η πένα του Steinbeck. Έργο βαθιά ανθρώπινο

    6. Although it was initially rejected for publication on a number of occasions, this work – a short story cycle - was Steinbeck’s first real critical and commercial success,. He wrote it during 1933 and early 1934, when he was heavily involved in caring for his elderly parents, who were both were very ill. Steinbeck was inspired to write the book by a high school teacher friend, who was partly of Mexican descent. She had been studying the paisanos, poor people of mixed Mexican, Native American [...]

    7. This novel could easily be a set of short stories, a morality tale (or immorality!), a retelling of the Arthurian legends or a retelling of the gospels with a very alternative last supper!Danny and his friends (all paisanos) spend their time looking for food, wine, shelter and women and this is pretty much all they need in life to be content. Getting hold of wine is a thread through the book and its role is important; sharing your wine is true friendship and there are some excellent quotes"Two g [...]

    8. John Steinbeck has become an author whose books I can open to virtually any page and settle into a world I never want to leave. Even the men I work with who find fiction "theatrical" and rarely read books break into a smile at the mention of Steinbeck. His 1935 breakthrough Tortilla Flat was likely assigned reading in high school and it stands as a remarkable introduction to the author, with twenty-seven easily digested and related stories penned with faerie tale simplicity, wit and wonder.The w [...]

    9. Eigentlich eine Tragödie, die Erzählung von Danny und seinen Freunden,aber mit viel Ironie und Zynismus macht John Steinbeck daraus eine liebens- und lesenswerteGeschichte von den Bewohnern eines kleinen Hauses am Rande von Monterey, deren einzigeLebensaufgabe darin besteht, täglich etwas zu essen und ein paar Gallonen Wein zu besorgen.

    10. I loved this book. I did. Here's why: simple, straightforward, but oh-so-charming storytelling. No pretenses. What you see, is what you get. Danny. Pilon. Big Joe Portagee. Pablo Sanchez. Jesus Maria Corcoran. Pirate and his dogs. Some might argue that none of these are great characters. You might even make the (valid) point that each one is a 'failure' of sorts--since between them they're barely surviving by the world's standards. They live to drink and drink to live. But are they happy? Yes! T [...]

    11. This is a charming and humorous tale of the adventures of a group of erstwhile paisanos in California after World War I. I was confused when I started this because they were addressing each other as "thee" and "thou", and I did not think this was a common patois of southern California at this time in history. Then I read in the book description that Steinbeck had based the book on Camelot and used the structure and themes of Arthurian legends, and it made a little more sense. However, as I kept [...]

    12. In this short novel, published in 1935, the author accomplished what he has consistently achieved, awakening emotion through lifelike characters. Written during the depression, it is no wonder Steinbeck’s destitute but optimistic characters appealed to the masses. Their appreciation of basic needs — with the occasional bottle of wine and a lusty woman thrown in — struck a chord with so many experiencing similar hardships.Though criticized for a demeaning portrayal of Mexican-Americans, Ste [...]

    13. Some things i noticed about this book:1. Allegory for King Arthur and the knights of the Roundtable2. Danny's good side represents Arthur, while his wild side represents Lancelot's later character. 3. For a while i thought Danny was a figure of christ becasue of his forgiving and sacrificial nature, but his later exploits dispeled this notion. 4. Torelli is definitley a symbol for Satan, the snake imagery surrounding his character is hard to miss.5. The big party for Danny = the last supper. 6. [...]

    14. This was a fun read. I can see where some might be rubbed the wrong way by Tortilla Flat due to the political incorrectness of the time when it was written but most of the shenanigans come across to me as innocent and harmless and the main characters to me seem to be colored positively, as likable knuckleheads. Oh, and one character, the Pirate, had a pack of five obedient, loyal, and lovable dogs named Enrique (houndish), Pajarito (brown and curly), Rudolph ("an American dog"), Fluff (a Pug), a [...]

    15. Tortilla Flat is quite a number of things. On the surface, it's a short novel about a group of friends with certain proclivities towards drinking wine. A lot of wine. On another level it's supposedly a retelling of the Knights of the Round Table, but I am not even going to front like I know enough about that to appreciate that connection at its depths. On another level, suiting our economic times, it's also about rising up in social classes -- how difficult it is to do, what happens to us and ou [...]

    16. I went to Monterey recently (on my honeymoon, as it happens) and was utterly charmed by the place. A quirky and picturesque seaside town nestled on the coast of California, which manages to be touristy without being tacky, historic while still embracing the modern, and sleepy even when recognising the cosmopolitan. Also, it does damn good clam chowder. Having gone there and somewhat fallen in love with the place, how could I then resist the writings of its most famous son? Particularly when that [...]

    17. Come Danny, gli amici di Danny e la casa di Danny mi intrattennero durante l'estatePian della Tortilla mi lascia spiazzata: ci sono cose che ho apprezzato, cose che non mi hanno colpita. In generale, me lo aspettavo diverso. E' la prima volta che leggo Steinbeck, e di sicuro non ho iniziato dai titoloni; ho iniziato dall'esordio, dallo scrittore ancora acerbo, se mi devo fidare delle numerose recensioni.Questo romanzo breve è un turbinio di personaggi, uno più strambo dell'altro, che si arraba [...]

    18. Molto lontano dai drammi e dalla tensione narrativa di Furore, la storia di questi simpatici paisanos di Pian della Tortilla è leggera e divertente. A tratti mi ha ricordato "Amici miei" per gli scherzi goliardici e per l'atmosfera tragicomica che investe le loro avventure. Pilon, Gesù Maria, il Pirata, Joe Portoghese il Grande, Pablo e il "ricco" Danny che li ospita nella sua casa ereditata sono un gruppo di beoni scansafatiche che ne escogitano una più del diavolo per riuscire a mettere le [...]

    19. one wonders if one could do away with ambition and computers and bookface and tivo and truly be happy living day to day, sleeping in a hollow log, stealing one's dinner from pumpkin patches and bean fields, trading a day's work for a jug of cheapo wine or a roll in the hay with a whore-with-a-heart-of-gold of course, had steinbeck truly lived the life of the paisanos in his novel, he never could've written it! well, possibly written. never published. therein lies the argument for capitalism as t [...]

    20. Tortilla Flat was Steinbeck’s 1st critical and commercial success, but it hasn’t aged well over the years. The novel is a picaresque tale of a small group of friends who live up above Monterey in an area called Tortilla Flat. The friends are rogues who don’t work and survive by panhandling, occasionally stealing, and mooching off each other. Whatever money they get is quickly spent on wine and women, especially on wine. A gallon of wine costs $1.00 and, throughout the novel, there are mult [...]

    21. Published in 1935, Tortilla Flat is one of John Steinbeck's earliest novels. The story revolves around Danny who inherits two old houses in the poor hillside area of Monterey after he returns from World War I. He and five paisanos live in the houses where they tell tall tales, drink wine, and chase women. The paisanos have a mixture of Spanish, Indian, Mexican, and Caucasian ancestry. In the preface, Steinbeck compares the adventures of Danny and the paisanos to those of King Arthur and the knig [...]

    22. Part way through Tortilla Flat, I commented to a friend that I found it odd that Steinbeck was writing about a group of homeless veterans and he never directly addresses either their war experience or the difficulty adjusting to civilian life. Now that I've finished it, (don't worry, this is not a spoiler) I think I was wrong. Maybe when it was first published in 1935 people didn't directly address such things anyway. These are WWI vets. "Shell Shocked" was a new concept and not necessarily a co [...]

    23. La ravina e il burronePiù vado avanti con la lettura delle opere di Steinbeck in ordine cronologico (Furore e Vicolo Cannery li avevo già letti prima di iscrivermi al gruppo ""Steinbeck da leggere o rileggere) e più mi convinco che quest'autore - Premio Nobel, non dimentichiamolo - meriterebbe maggior rispetto dalle case editrici italiane con la messa in cantiere di nuove traduzioni dall'originale.Con questo non intendo affatto sminuire le traduzioni di Montale (Al Dio sconosciuto) e Vittorin [...]

    24. This King Arthuresque novel tells the story of a group of paisanos, local countrymen of Mexican-Indian-Spanish-Caucasian descent, living in a shabby district known as Tortilla Flat above the town of Monterey on the Californian coast. The story centers on Danny, or rather, it is "the story of Danny and of Danny's friends and of Danny's house. It is a story of how these three become one thing when you speak of Danny's house you are to understand to mean a unit of which the parts are men, from whic [...]

    25. Tortilla Flat is a case of the meek inheriting the earth – some are meek in the head, some are meek in their moral attitudes and some have other kinds of meekness…“Teresina was a mildly puzzled woman, as far as her mind was concerned. Her body was one of those perfect retorts for the distillation of children. The first baby, conceived when she was fourteen, had been a shock to her; such a shock, that she delivered it in the ball park at night, wrapped it in newspaper, and left it for the n [...]

    26. Comincia in modo leggero questo libro, tra persone e personaggi pieni di difetti: beoni, ladri, attaccabrighe eppure molto amici, molto attenti l'uno all'altro, con sentimenti puri come i pensieri sotto al portico al mattino, appena svegli e a sole alto.Comincia leggero e finisce in tragedia, con la perdita di tutto ciò che è materiale che comprime e uccide la libertà individuale di fare ciò che aggrada, nel momento in cui convienee buttarsi ubriaco giù da una ravina, come una fuga, come un [...]

    27. Uno stile diverso da quello di Uomini e topi, eppure un bellissimo libro. Assomiglia quasi ad una raccolta di storie sulla vita di Re Artù; c'è qualcosa di mitico e mistico nelle avventure di Danny e dei suoi amici Pilon, Pablo, Gesù, Joe il Portoghese e il Pirata. Libro pieno di umanità, di ironia, anche perché essere ironici ed essere umani nel migliore dei casi si equivale. Affascinante la narrazione e affascinanti i luoghi, gli stessi di Zorro. Monterey, la California. Meraviglioso mera [...]

    28. Danny is an unemployed alcoholic, leading a transient existence in Monterrey, California. When Danny inherits two houses in the shabby district of Tortilla Flat, he invites a hobo friend and fellow paisano (descendant of Spanish peasants) to live with him. Danny’s new lodger, Pilon, is a self-proclaimed logician, obsessed with morality. The pair are soon joined by workshy Jesus Maria, the mentally handicapped Pirate, and his pack of dogs.We follow their escapades, which entail endless wine dri [...]

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