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Set in California apple country, a strike by migrant workers spirals out of control, as principled defiance turns into blind fanaticism. Caught in this upheaval is Jim Nolan, a once aimless man who finds himself briefly becoming the leader of the strike before being crushed in its service.

©1936 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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  • B. Lawrenson
  • 21-10-2015

Rotten to the core

Would you listen to In Dubious Battle again? Why?

A compelling story about itinerant American workers trying to earn a living during the depression.Having enticed the workers to Calafornia with the prospect of good wages to pick apples, the workers are immediately told by the bosses that the wages have been cut by fifty percent. The workers then attempt to organise a union and then go on strike.The full power of the state and media are then turned on to the strikers, vigilante groups are formed,hundreds of deputies are then sworn in and America's answer to organised labour is unleashed on the strikers. Machine guns ,shot guns and mills bombs are used to intimidate the worker.This is a dark period of American history.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes a reaction of anger and disbelief that the state would use such measures to control organised labour.
America the land of the free.

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  • rebecca t.
  • 27-10-2020

Steinbeck Corker!

Loved this performance it was right on the nail!! The book I already loved but hearing it read to me was phenomenal! The detail in the scenes is fabulous. I am always IN a Steinbeck book!

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  • uhhuhlex
  • 22-04-2016

Insight into the world of 'fruit tramps'

I listened to this as a follow up to The Grapes of Wrath. In terms of scale and ambition, In Dubious Battle is a pale match, but I still found this a compelling read.

Telling the story of 'Reds', for one thing, still feels a subversive statement. The world evoked is believable, and the characters dynamic enough that my feelings were constnstly shifting - is the 'cause' really justified in these things? Despite any misgivings I was still on the edge of my seat plenty of times.

I thought the reader was good - with so many male characters the different voices made it very easy to follow.

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