Thursday, May 6, 2010

Blurbs for the given text.

Here are the blurbs for the books I'm looking at. Blurbs aren't specified in the brief and aren't a necessity to include. I think that if it comes down to packaging the books as a special edition, then they're books that the audience are aware of. The cover then becomes packaging for a collector, not a first time reader. The priority shifts from informing the reader of the content, to making it desirable. However, I will talk this over with peers to see if they think I'm on the right track with it or not. And so the blurbs are here if others decide that they're necessary.

Of Mice And Men
Clinging to each other in their loneliness and alienation, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie dream, as drifters will, of a place to call their own. But after they come to work on a ranch in the Salinas Valley their hopes, like "the best laid schemes o' mice an' men," begin to go awry.

The Grapes Of Wrath

"In stark and moving detail, John Steinbeck depicts the lives of ordinary people striving to preserve their humanity in the face of social and economic desperation. A portrait of the bitter conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man's fierce reaction to injustice, and of a woman's quiet, stoical strength, The Grapes of Wrath is a landmark of American literature, one that captures the horrors of the Great Depression as it probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America."

East Of Eden
This magnificent novel—considered by many to be Steinbeck's best—is the story of the Trasks and the Hamiltons, two families drawn by the current that brought settlers to the rich farmlands of California. As he traces the families through three generations, Steinbeck retells the Biblical story of Adam and of Cain and Abel, and his characters are forced to re-enact the ancient drama of exile to the east of an always elusive Eden.

Tortilla Flat
Above the town of Monterey on the California coast lies the shabby district of Tortilla Flat, inhabited by a colorful gang whose revels recall the exploits of King Arthur's knights. Soft-hearted, unquestioningly loyal to one another, and in complete disregard of social conventions and expectations, the gutsy denizens of Tortilla Flat cheerfully reside in a world of idyllic poverty.

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