Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat

Book - 1986
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Penguin Putnam
Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, John 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?men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude.

As Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck chronicles their deeds?their multiple lovers, 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.


Random House, Inc.
Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, John 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—men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude.

As Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck chronicles their deeds—their multiple lovers, 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.

Baker & Taylor
Danny, a mule skinner during the First World War, returns to Tortilla Flat to enjoy the carefree and amoral life of the paisano

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1986, c1935
ISBN: 9780140042405
0140042407
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Ste
Characteristics: 207 p. ; 19 cm

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mcbella78
May 20, 2019

The obviously poor choices made at the beginning of the novel by Danny and his friends makes us so easily quick to judge them while reading. But when we begin to see them make small positive changes, we can't help but reflect back upon ourselves and find a way to relate to each of them. Danny and his friends slowly build upon their shaky moral foundations throughout the novel. It is indicative of the slow progress that we as fallible humans go through, learning from our mistakes and gaining bits of wisdom that translate into a better moral character. Whether or not Danny and his friends had truly changed is left a bit open. The key lesson of the novel is in the goodness of friendship and camaraderie.

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msvelde
Jun 26, 2014

There is so much heart in this novel that one can appreciate it without following all the Knights of the Round Table references. No Holy Grail quest here, though, except for friendship. The end is heart-wrenching.

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keithwi
Dec 28, 2013

I cannot believe this won anyone an award. If more readers wasted their time reading this rubbish, there wouldn't be a need for awards. A bum inherits two houses and his drunken associates make the Simpsons seem intelligent.

ParkRidgeRS May 14, 2011

Our evening book discussion described Steinbeck’s novel as fun, whimsical, and a combination of humor plus emotion. While it was apparent by the number of stars given that, overall, people enjoyable the book, it did receive a few mixed reviews. A couple people said they were not into it and described it as not uplifting and surprisingly seemed the opposite. However, the majority who did enjoy the novel liked it because it was about friendships, humorous rogues, the simple life being the best life, “smiles of the hopeless man”, “ultimate anti-heroes” and Steinbeck’s mythology about Paisanos in California. The fact that there was a lot of wine consumed throughout the book was unanimous.

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