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Just after the iron curtain fell on Eastern Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer, Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune This rare opportunity took the famous travellers not only to Moscow and Stalingrad now Volgograd but through the countryside of the Ukraine and the Caucasus A RUSSIAN JOURNAL is the distillation of their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and unique historical document Steinbeck and Capa recorded the grim realities of factory workers, government clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of World War II This is an intimate glimpse of two artists at the height of their powers, answering their need to document human struggle


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  1. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Right after WWII people in America were curious about the Soviet Union in a big way It coincided with a time when author John Steinbeck and world renowned photographer Robert Capa were at a loss for what to do next A scheme was hatched up to do a bit of light investigative journalism and see what was up with post war Russia.This wasn t political, so much as a social call Steinbeck and Capa really just wanted to see what was going on in the lives and minds of the people They went to Moscow Right after WWII people in America were curious about the Soviet Union in a big way It coincided with a time when author John Steinbeck and world renowned photographer Robert Capa were at a loss for what to do next A scheme was hatched up to do a bit of light investigative journalism and see what was up with post war Russia.This wasn t political, so much as a social call Steinbeck and Capa really just wanted to see what was going on in the lives and minds of the people They went to MoscowAnd they visited farmers in the provincesOne thing you ll notice from the above photos besides the ubiquitous recurrence of Stalin is the general lack of men A generation of males had been lost to war and the remaining women were left to carry on Impressions The people of Moscow came off as cold and officious Everything needed to be categorized and catalogued Steinbeck describes one meal in which hours elapsed before food hit the table, not because the cooks were slow Rather, the paperwork that needed to be filled out and distributed to the proper authorities delayed the kitchen from even beginning The country farmers, though less educated, seemed freer and happier, even if they were worked ragged due to a lack of mechanization that had been available to them pre war However, they were welcoming and generous.As it turns out, right after WWII, just about all people in Russia were curious about Americans in a big way and they had many questions for Steinbeck and Capa, so many that at times it seemed the journalists were becoming the story Those interested in either gentlemen will enjoy some of the slight insights given herein I ve noted in his other autobiographical work that Steinbeck comes off as an impish trickster at timesthough his friends might just flat out call him evil Nonetheless, his sense of fun brings a welcome lightness to the text This is not to say the text is particularly heavy In fact, this is quite a light read Steinbeck seems to strike a good balance of post war doom and gloom with hope and promise for a brighter future while relating it all in the easy going manner of a master storyteller This may be outdated and not give you an idea of what Russia s like today, but it s a nice sample of a recent historical time and place Highly recommended A Capa and Steinbeck selfie I apologize if not all photos are from this book, as websites like Pinterest have begun to make online photo attribution rather difficult


  2. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    This is a book definitely worth reading, but I wouldn t put it up there with Steinbeck s best It has clear prose, spiced with humor, pathos and wonderful descriptions of places and people But the book is short and much was off limits In itself it is amazing that Steinbeck and the famed photographer Robert Capa were even allowed into Russia in 1947, two years after the war and with the Cold War in full swing Steinbeck was employed as a war correspondent by the New York Herald Tribune and he c This is a book definitely worth reading, but I wouldn t put it up there with Steinbeck s best It has clear prose, spiced with humor, pathos and wonderful descriptions of places and people But the book is short and much was off limits In itself it is amazing that Steinbeck and the famed photographer Robert Capa were even allowed into Russia in 1947, two years after the war and with the Cold War in full swing Steinbeck was employed as a war correspondent by the New York Herald Tribune and he continued to work for them The aim of the book was to draw a picture of ordinary Russian people the focus was not politics How well does he capture the Russian people That which Steinbeck tells us and which Capa shows through his photos are interesting but the visit is too brief to give a full picture Bureaucracy and state restrictions hampered the endeavor Neither did they plan the trip that well They flew via Stockholm to Moscow, where no rooms awaited them Finally, installed first at the Metropol and then later at the Savoy, they seek permission to leave Moscow, to take photos and to talk to people Who was to sponsor them was even up for grabs Eventually with papers and permission slips in order they make separate trips from Moscow to Kiev, to Stalingrad Volgograd and to Georgia visiting both Tiflis Tbilisi and Batum Batumi Each time returning to Moscow to bathe and to sleep, but in reality to drink and to converse with Western correspondents and Russian officials To go to the Bolshoi Capa was incessantly fretting over his photos would they be allowed out The two were only there a couple of weeks Yes, they spent time with ordinary Russian people, but the time spent was limited and often restricted The book shows vividly the destruction of the Patriotic War Gifts were given to the City of Stalingrad from foreign nations, but what were needed were artificial limbs, housing and a whole new infrastructure Each morning in the square outside their hotel window the two saw the Russian people, mostly women, creep out from the cellars, all that remained from before It is quite a feat to go to work in clean clothes Women, because the men were crippled or killed Steinbeck s writing is sharp, vivid and moving.Outside Kiev the two men visited collective farms The people were generous with that which they had There was laughing and good food and dancing and music, always music and dancing and vodka and brown bread and cucumbers and tomatoes Not fancy but generous, singing, happy people, hopeful for the future Curious people, always asking questions and carefully evaluating the given replies Rarely could Steinbeck or Capa give adequate answers Do Americans like poetry Does the state help farmers with equipment, new techniques and advice about experimental seeds It is the questions posed by the ordinary Russians and then their replies to the answers given that are the most telling Yet any reader must question whom were they allowed to meet and talk with Not just anyone In Georgia, what the men saw is lyrically depicted Georgia was never destroyed by the war Always generous people, dancing and music and food This section reads almost as a tourist guide I continually looked at images of places visited on internet I wish I had seen Capa s photos Only a few are to be found on the web I listened to the audiobook reasonably well narrated by Richard Poe He tends to dramatize, but his dramatization does fit the intent of Steinbeck s lines You could hear the humor You could hear the exasperation that intermittently arose between Capa and Steinbeck Capa would disappear into the bathtub for hours, with his stolen borrowed books Steinbeck has his own little quirks we learn of too I am certainly glad I read this You have to take it for what it is and be happy for that we have been allowed to glimpse I would recommend reading the paper version so you see the photos they are half of the story


  3. E. G. E. G. says:

    Introduction, by Susan ShillinglawSuggestions for Further Reading A Russian Journal


  4. Mike Mike says:

    I started reading A Russian Journal with a blank slate in terms of my thoughts on John Steinbeck never read The Grapes of Wrath, never read East of Eden except knowing vaguely that Steinbeck had been harassed by the FBI for his supposedly leftist Socialist leanings It might also be relevant to note that I read it during the first couple of weeks after I d moved to Russia, admittedly for the nakedly emotional reason that I didn t know anyone there, and thought that a fellow American who d made I started reading A Russian Journal with a blank slate in terms of my thoughts on John Steinbeck never read The Grapes of Wrath, never read East of Eden except knowing vaguely that Steinbeck had been harassed by the FBI for his supposedly leftist Socialist leanings It might also be relevant to note that I read it during the first couple of weeks after I d moved to Russia, admittedly for the nakedly emotional reason that I didn t know anyone there, and thought that a fellow American who d made the same trip, albeit 70 years previously, would be good company Of course, time sometimes makes for a larger gulf than geographic distance Moscow, at least for me, bore an uncanny resemblance to DC both capitals of countries with ahemimperial characteristics, the size and grandeur of the buildings seem to communicate that absolute power resides in man made institutions, in the systems of government that each country has establisheddrive oh let s say I 40 from Flagstaff to Vegas however, through the desert, and you get a very different sense of the limitations of civilization Steinbeck s world, on the other hand, feltalien There are plenty of writers of his day who don t strike me as antiquated at all, but there s something about Steinbeck s music that makes it impossible to forget the dislocations of time Stalin and Truman are alive and in power, the hydrogen bomb hasn t yet been developed, the best way to correspond between Moscow and New York is the post, swing music still seems deliciously decadent, and you can feel rather pleased with yourself when you end a chapter in your book with the phrase a man does not drink another man s whisky Something that might strike contemporary readers as familiar, however, is the attitude of suspicion and obsessiveness over Russia That s how Steinbeck describes the atmosphere in the U.S., anyway At the time he went to Russia, in 1947, the Cold War was just beginning as he says in the book, he wanted to get away from what he considered partisan bickering and hysteria, and write down only what he saw in the USSR In the papers every day , he writes, there were thousands of words about Russia What Stalin was thinking about, the plans of the Russian General Staff, the disposition of troops, experiments with atomic weapons and guided missiles, all of this by people who had not been there, and whose sources were not above reproach And it occurred to us that there were some things that nobody wrote about Russia What do the people wear there What do they serve at dinner Do they have parties What food is there How do they make love, and how do they die What do they talk about Do they dance, and sing, and play Do the children go to school We wanted to get to the Russian people if we could.This might have been when I started to notice something weirdly sentimental and childlike about Steinbeck s writing do they play , but I can t fault his intention He makes a point that resonates with my sense today that a lot of the news we get here in the U.S about the rest of the world is presented in a dramatic context, relevant only insofar as it plays a role in our reality show Not everything has to be screamingly relevant to be interestingor maybe a better point is that most of what s presented to us as relevant really isn t, and that with some patience and subtlety we might find the most unexpected and striking relevance in stories of ordinary human experience I m with Steinbeck there And to be sure, his general approach to traveling seems wise We knew there would be many things we couldn t understand, many things we wouldn t like, many things that would make us uncomfortable This is always true of a foreign country But we determined that if there should be criticism, it would be criticism of the thing after seeing it, not before.He refers to we and us throughout, by the way, in order to include his partner on the journey, war photographer Robert Capa it s clear that Steinbeck wants to mirror in his prose the objectivity that he believes Capa has achieved with his photographs Capa s most famous photo is The Falling Soldier, taken during the Spanish Civil War, although there s some controversy over whether or not it was staged Impossible as true objectivity may be, Steinbeck demonstrates an openness to the common people of the USSR, a trait that couldn t have been taken for granted in his time nor today, for that matter On this journey, those people are mostly Russians, Ukrainians and Georgians, because Moscow, Stalingrad now Volgograd , Kyiv, Tiflis now Tbilisi and Gori, as well as a few collective farms in Ukraine, are the places the Soviets want Steinbeck and Capa to see And it s this quality of curiosity about everyday life that allows Steinbeck to take note of interesting characters like the customs official who inspects his belongings The customs man was very polite, and very kind But, as he proceeded, it became clear to us that he was not looking for anything in particular, he was just interested He turned over our shining equipment and fingered it lovingly He lifted out every roll of film but he did nothing about it and he questioned nothing He just seems to be interested in foreign things But it s also this same quality or at least an adjacent quality, a certain lack of cynicism and skepticism that prevents Steinbeck from wondering about what might become of this very polite customs official, so kind to foreigners and so interested in foreign things My guess is nothing good Steinbeck s attempts to be objective inevitably yield interpretations of their own Sometimes this results in powerful passages that move organically from either observation or background research to interpretation Kyiv at one time must have been a beautiful city It is much older than Moscow It is the mother of Russian cities Seated on its hill beside the Dnieper, it spreads down into the plain Its monasteries and churches and fortresses date from the 11th centurynow it is a semi ruin Every public building, every library, every theater, destroyed, not with gunfire, not through fighting, but with fire and dynamite.Counting soldiers, there would be many , but six million out of forty five million civilians have been killedEvery piece of machinery in the Ukraine has been destroyed or removed, so that now, untilcan be made, everything must be done by hand Every stone and brick of the ruined city must be lifted and carried with the hands, for there are no bulldozers And while they are rebuilding, the Ukrainians must produce food, for theirs is the great granary of the nation Here in white plaster in the museum was a model of the new city A grandiose, fabulous city to be built of white marble, the lines classical, the buildings hugethe people come through the wreckageto look at the plaster cities of the future In Russia it is always the future that is thought of It is the crops next year, it is the comfort that will come in ten years, it is the clothes that will be made very soon In Russia it is always the future that is thought of isn t an objective fact of course, it s an impression, but that s fine with me It s an insightful and poetic passage that shows me Steinbeck was a great observer at least about certain things It is like a religious thing is also an impression, but a perspicacious one Later we went to Red Square, where a queue of people at least a quarter of a mile long stood waiting to go through Lenin s tomb All afternoon, and nearly every afternoon, a slow thread of people marches through the tomb to look at the dead face of Lenin in his glass casket It is like a religious thing, although they would not call it religious Incidentally, in 1942, Steinbeck wrote a work of propaganda called The Moon is Down I ve never read it, although one line that sticks out to me on the book s Wikipedia page is the text never names the occupying forces as Germans Not naming seems to be a trait of propaganda, and was something I noticed in Christopher Nolan s Dunkirk as well no specifics, no real content, just well choreographed aerial battles, and archetypes of courage on one side vs archetypes of evil on the other Likewise, we get some vague glimpses of German POWs in A Russian Journal, hard at work on canals and metro tunnels Steinbeck doesn t have much sympathy for them, and perhaps understandably so And to be clear, I don t blame Steinbeck for doing it while the war was going on Nolan s reductive sentimentality from the vantage of the 21st century is another matter , but I do wonder if it s possible to write propaganda even for one of the most justified causes in human history and then simply walk away from it, unchanged as a writer Take the following passage from A Russian Journal, for example In nothing is the difference between the Americans and the Soviets so marked as in the attitude, not only toward writers, but of writers towards their system For in the Soviet Union the writer s job is to encourage, to celebrate, to explain, and in every way to carry forward the Soviet system Whereas in America, and in England, a good writer is the watch dog of society His job is to satirize its silliness, to attack its injustices, to stigmatize its faults And this is the reason that in America neither society nor government is very fond of writers The two are completely opposite approaches toward literature And it must be said that in the time of the great Russian writers, of Tolstoi, of Dostoevski, of Turgenev, of Chekhov, and of the early Gorki, the same was true of the Russians And only time can tell whether the architect of the soul approach to writing can produce as great a literature as the watch dog of society approach So far, it must be admitted, the architect school has not produced a great piece of writing.The most skilled propagandist couldn t have done much better than this unconscionable paragraph It s not the obliteration of individual expression and thought through torture and mass murder, it s merelya cultural difference Granted, Steinbeck almost certainly didn t know just how bad the repression really was, but if he didn t find the idea he expresses here deeply suspicious, he wasn t much of the watchdog he seems to regard himself as existing in the tradition of A real watchdog would be skeptical of all governments, and wouldn t spare foreign governments out of politeness, or the politically correct dogma that we can t pass judgment on them because they re foreign Whom does Steinbeck think made the decision that the job of Soviet writers is to celebrate their system Doesn t he sense that the Soviet relationship between writer and government is a version of the American one in which the government has crushed the watchdogs Steinbeck may have set the artistic parameters that he didn t want to offer interpretation, but he is interpreting, and his attempt to sound fair and objective in this case instead makes him sound naive at best The passage is also a profound insult to every Soviet writer who had the courage to write the truth about what was happening in their country Nor could Stalin have been too displeased with the following paragraph It s true that it occasionally yields interesting results for Steinbeck to play dumb if that s what he s doing and bend over backwards to be judicious in trying to intuitively explain the phenomena of totalitarianism, but it also makes him sound, again, either naive or insincere To Americans, with their fear and hatred of power invested in one man, this is a frightening thingat public celebrations the pictures of Stalin outgrow every bound of reason We spoketo a number of Russians and had several answers One was that the Russian people had been used to pictures of the czar and the czar s familyanother was that the icon is a Russian habit of mind, and this was a kind of an icon A third, that the Russians love Stalin so much that they want him ever present A fourth, that Stalin himself does not like this and has asked that it be discontinued But it seems to us that Stalin s dislike for anything else causes its removalBut Steinbeck either fails to acknowledge or doesn t realize that any Soviet citizen who valued their health would have stayed far away from him, or offered only the blandest of cliches Whether he has any inkling of this or not, he proceeds as if he doesn t, and I think that s what ultimately makes his approach untenable In his effort to get away from political bickering, he forgets that every aspect of the society he s encountering is informed by politics and power The answers that he receives from people are not representative of their uncensored, individual thoughts as Orwell would suggest a couple of years later in 1984, one of the ultimate goals of a totalitarian society is to eliminate not just individual expression but individual thought they re perverted by the terror of Soviet life In one of his last interviews, Anthony Bourdain told a story about eating with a man from Laos who was missing both his legs When Bourdain asked him what had happened, the man told him that when he was younger he d stepped on unexploded American ordinanceand just like that, a conversation about something seemingly individual had become a conversation about something seemingly world historical It s hard to keep these concepts separate for very long at all, and when we try, the results tend to be grotesque.Further, while it s commendable that Steinbeck wants to serve as a corrective to what he calls Moscowitis and what we now know became McCarthyism, he fails to make a crucial distinction He fails to understand that writing about the Soviet government s atrocities is not mutually exclusive with his appreciation of the Soviet people it would in fact conceivably be to their benefit, at least in the court of public opinion, and this is because they are in the majority not Stalin s accomplices but his victims Review continued in comment 1, below


  5. Steven Steven says:

    Steinbeck met photographer Robert Capa and together they decided to take a trip to the Soviet Union They sought to discover the people of the Soviet Union not in the way that the popular, prejudiced, propaganda heavy media had done and were doing this was right at the cusp of the Cold War , but through their own eyes to portray the truth of how ordinary people live, as Steinbeck puts it In A Russian Journal, published in 1948, Steinbeck recounts, chronologically, his trip with Capa and the va Steinbeck met photographer Robert Capa and together they decided to take a trip to the Soviet Union They sought to discover the people of the Soviet Union not in the way that the popular, prejudiced, propaganda heavy media had done and were doing this was right at the cusp of the Cold War , but through their own eyes to portray the truth of how ordinary people live, as Steinbeck puts it In A Russian Journal, published in 1948, Steinbeck recounts, chronologically, his trip with Capa and the various people and places they encountered as they made their way through the Soviet Union from Moscow to Kiev, and from Stalingrad to Georgia The result is not the truth , which is, of course, impossible, but at least an honest and fair account of both the bad and the good among the Russians, the latter being significantlynumerous and the first being no worse than what one may find among Americans This conclusion is ultimately reached through Steinbeck s storytelling fortified and madecompelling by his idiosyncratic wit and humor as well as through the inclusion of Capa s wonderful photographs


  6. Benjamin Benjamin says:

    Two things a I wish Penguin would ve gotten hold of somehi res versions of Capa s photos You can find some of them at Magnum s online collection, and they re much better quality than the images in the book.b I wish Steinbeck had published an addendum to this journal after Khrushchev s Secret Speech exposing Stalin s crimes I know JS wasn t trying to be political or anything, but I would ve been interested to see his interpretation of that time period with retrospective knowledge.That Two things a I wish Penguin would ve gotten hold of somehi res versions of Capa s photos You can find some of them at Magnum s online collection, and they re much better quality than the images in the book.b I wish Steinbeck had published an addendum to this journal after Khrushchev s Secret Speech exposing Stalin s crimes I know JS wasn t trying to be political or anything, but I would ve been interested to see his interpretation of that time period with retrospective knowledge.That said, I can t tell you how much I love Steinbeck He s so perceptive and honest and funny And powerfully emotive when the occasion calls for it But mostly, his point is that people are people all over the world and deserve all the respect and dignity that we can afford, at all times, no matter who they are Bums, communists, workers, socialites, farmers, migrants, orphans, they should live as human beings And he s not afraid to say as much to people who don t let them do so Or to shame them for it.I love you, John Steinbeck


  7. Don Gagnon Don Gagnon says:

    Words and ImagesSteinbeck s A Russian Journal, first published in April 1948, was in a significant way similar to The Log from the Sea of Cortez, originally published three years later, in 1951 both books were collaborative efforts Whereas Cortez was a collaboration between a journalist and a scientist, the earlier Russian adventure was that of writer and photographer Although an eyewitness account of journalist Steinbeck s and photographer Capa s travels through Russia, Ukraine, and Geor Words and ImagesSteinbeck s A Russian Journal, first published in April 1948, was in a significant way similar to The Log from the Sea of Cortez, originally published three years later, in 1951 both books were collaborative efforts Whereas Cortez was a collaboration between a journalist and a scientist, the earlier Russian adventure was that of writer and photographer Although an eyewitness account of journalist Steinbeck s and photographer Capa s travels through Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia at the cusp of the Cold War, A Russian Journal is a work of art and literature, beautifully written and wonderfully documented with images of historical significance and everyday life It is educational, fun, and inspiring I enjoyed comparing Capa s photos and Steinbeck s descriptions of the photos All of the real people in the book were described with such skill by Steinbeck, that they resembled well developed characters from a novel Wherever Steinbeck journeyed, he captured the spirit of the times and the spirit of place brilliantly After I finished reading the book, I felt like I had been to all the places and met all the people


  8. Louise Louise says:

    Nobel Prize winning John Steinbeck and his photographer friend visit Moscow, the Ukraine, what was then Stalingrad, and Georgia in 1947 They stick to their mission which is to find out about everyday people What do people wear there What do they serve for dinner Do they have partiesThey did not find out about how they make love or how they die also in the mission They are not interested in important people, politics or 5 year plans Destruction and the remnants of war are all aro Nobel Prize winning John Steinbeck and his photographer friend visit Moscow, the Ukraine, what was then Stalingrad, and Georgia in 1947 They stick to their mission which is to find out about everyday people What do people wear there What do they serve for dinner Do they have partiesThey did not find out about how they make love or how they die also in the mission They are not interested in important people, politics or 5 year plans Destruction and the remnants of war are all around In Moscow, there is an event where people congregate to inspect the military equipment the Germans left behind In Stalingrad people are living in the rubble They see German POWs at work rebuilding cities Steinbeck notes the differences in cities that have been bombed or sieged in battle At a Ukraine collective farm, they eat a hearty breakfast and observe the team work in the fields With so many men lost or wounded in war, the women shoulder this burden It is hard to believe their cheerfulness as described by Steinbeck There is simple entertainment in the evening and beautiful places to swim Georgia has been relatively unscathed by the war and Georgians have adopted Ukrainian orphans.They are feted as important guests everywhere The meetings of writers groups sound deadly as 20 page manuscripts are read aloud and then the translation is read There is a so much food and drinking, the authors are frequently sick hung over Steinbeck gets so he can t handle vodka Airports are frustrating The episode in leaving Georgia is only funny when the story is told must have been awful to live through.While Stalin s portraits abound this seems to be an extreme bureaucracy andthan a police state People speak to them freely and no one takes them aside to complain about the government Outside of Moscow, besides being with their translator guide minder, there is no hint of their being watched All the photos show well fed people, often well dressed and usually happy, but these were probably self censored since Capa got all his photos back.On the minus side, the prose, like most of the 1950 s travel literature, is stilted For a short book, too much space is devoted to the strained relations between the writer and the photographer, and the two of them with their Russian minder While the pictures are not labeled, they are placed appropriately Sometimes it is hard to know what you are looking at For instance the photo on p 34 must be of Lenin Hills, but the vista hardly looks like Moscow which the Hills are said to overlook the photo on p 43 appears to be a fashion show or maybe a quality control examination of clothing Other photos, such as the 4 portraits on 78 79 would be better in an art gallery than a travel book.This book fills an important niche because so little exists on daily life in Russia just after the devastation of WW2 Like many plans, the idea originated in a bar by two artists with nothing to do, but unlike most bar hatched ideas, this one was followed up on


  9. Bettie Bettie says:

    Description Just after the iron curtain fell on Eastern Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer, Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune This rare opportunity took the famous travellers not only to Moscow and Stalingrad now Volgograd but through the countryside of the Ukraine and the Caucasus A RUSSIAN JOURNAL is the distillation of their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and unique historical document Steinbeck and Capa rec Description Just after the iron curtain fell on Eastern Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer, Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune This rare opportunity took the famous travellers not only to Moscow and Stalingrad now Volgograd but through the countryside of the Ukraine and the Caucasus A RUSSIAN JOURNAL is the distillation of their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and unique historical document Steinbeck and Capa recorded the grim realities of factory workers, government clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of World War II This is an intimate glimpses of two artists at the height of their powers, answering their need to document human struggle.oooh, I am So going to buck the trend here he Steinbeck offed the responsibility of reporting anything worthwhile here some have attributed the woolly approach to the fact that he and his wife were having problems, others state that it was the strict guidelines laid down by the soviets I just see it as a wasted journey The two1 2 stars reflect the at least he got there dictum.4 Of Mice and Men5 East of Eden4 The Grapes of Wrath1 The Pearl4 Cannery Row2 The Red Pony4 The Moon is DownCR The Russian Journey


  10. Numidica Numidica says:

    I loved this book about Steinbeck s trip through Russia after WW2, and what he saw It was one of the last trips through Russia by a writer or journalist before the Cold War got going in earnest.