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The Wayward Bus

de John Steinbeck

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The ambitions, dreams, failings, and innermost thoughts of a diverse group of passengers are revealed as they travel aboard a bus along the backroads of California.
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I had never heard of this novel of Steinbeck's, but I'm quite happy I came across it at the library. It is always a pleasure to discover an hidden treasure from a favorite author.

Honestly, though, this is a slow-burn, low-key character study that might drive some people nuts, especially when nothing much ever actually happens on the bus ride from nowhere to nowhere. I, however, find Steinbeck's prose style and his timeless insights into human nature enthralling. And if you want to do a deep literary dive, he loads the whole thing with references and symbolism galore, starting with a main character with the initials of J.C. ( )
1 vota villemezbrown | Jul 18, 2019 |
# 16 of 100 Classics Challenge

The Wayward Bus🍒🍒🍒🍒
By John Steinbeck
1942?

When Steinbeck wrote ' The Wayward Bus', post WW II, the values of honesty and character were prevalent. Brought to light in this beautiful written novel are the adversity of personalities and lifestyles pulled together through circumstance. Centered in San Ysidro, Rebel Corners is a luncheonette and tranfer point to catch a bus to the town. The travellers are forced to spend a night together in the luncheonette due to mechanical problems with the bus. Finally boarding the bus, this group of discontented passengers with quite diverse backgrounds and lifestyles are forced to weather the storm and they find that maybe the one thing we have in common isn't our title or what we are...but who we allow ourselves to be.
Excellent. ( )
  over.the.edge | Sep 16, 2018 |
I've probably said it before, but John Steinbeck was not the writer most of us thought he was. By that I mean that many of us think of Steinbeck rather narrowly. Even I, having read almost everything he has written, tend to think of Steinbeck as a writer of realist fiction of downtrodden farmers and paisanos. But from To a God Unknown to Burning Bright, Steinbeck's style has never been quite so easy to nail down.

The Wayward Bus is one of the novels that defies our perception of Steinbeck. This is most evident in the way the story is told, a continually roving character study. The narrative jumps from character to character as they prepare, then embark on a bus journey during a potentially dangerous rainstorm. Steinbeck rarely spends as much as two pages on any particular character before he's moving down the line, giving the perspective of the next character, then the next. Never do I recall in a work of Steinbeck any such character roulette. And it works magnificently for this book with its strangers-on-a-journey motif.

And these are great characters with so much potential. Characters who act contrary to their beliefs. Characters who put on airs. Characters who are so realistic because each one tries to convey their insignificance while unconsciously acting on the knowledge that they are the center of the universe.

The Wayward Bus was well on its way to being one of my all-time favorite Steinbeck reads, but toward the end, the book itself modeled the journey: it lost traction and went off the road. The problem is that the end is rushed. The reader spends so much time getting to know these characters and all their quirks, that once the characters face their greatest challenge, it's time for the story to conclude. The conflict you anticipate for a couple hundred pages fizzles. Also, I was personally disappointed that the story never returned to Alice, the only significant character who is not a passenger on the bus. Overall, I thought the resolution was poor.

Unfortunately, The Wayward Bus is sort of forgettable. So much time is spent with each character's thoughts that little action occurs. Normally, I like stories like this when there is a pay-off, but the conclusion is flat. Still, I liked The Wayward Bus if for no reason other than the build-up. Steinbeck was on to something with this style, but he might have lost interest in the project before he finished, or maybe he was just unable to translate his idea for the conclusion to the page. Whatever the reason, The Wayward Bus is every bit a Steinbeck tale, but parallel to none other. ( )
  chrisblocker | Aug 16, 2018 |
I love how Steinbeck takes the simplest story and turns it into something completely absorbing. There are some amazing reviews added already from the Steinbeckathon group so I won't bother to add anymore, other than saying I thought this was a book worth reading. I read it at work on a 12 hour nightshift so it won't take much of your time to read. So read it already! ;) ( )
  ChelleBearss | Mar 9, 2018 |
My OWCP doc suggested this book and I'm sure glad he did! I already admire Steinbeck immensely and this just adds to it! This tale gives us a deep look at 6 weary travelers, a bus driver, his wife, and his assistant. It also gives us a real look at life in the 1940's in central California, a look that seems much more frank and honest than other things I've read of that time. A really good read! Thanks Doc! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 22, 2016 |
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Scharnhorst, GaryIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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