Cannery Row




John Steinbeck is the author of several award winning books. before he became a
writer he was a non-conformist, he was discharged from a New York newspaper for
writing opinions instead of facts. He was an apprentice hod-carrier, an apprentice painter,
a working chemist, caretaker of a Lake Tahoe estate, a surveyor in the Big Sur country,
and fruit picker before he began writing. He studied science at Stanford University and
was a qualified marine biologist.
This book was written in 1945. This book is a based on true events. This book
took place in Monterey. This book is about a real-life street in Monterey. This street is on
of America\'s most talked about streets. This is about the events that took place in that
town and street one week.
The book Cannery Row is about several people who live on Cannery Row.
The first lady I will explain is Dora. She has flaming orange hair and always wears
green evening dresses. Dora owns a place called the Bear Flag Restaurant. It is a whore
house. Dora gives money to the Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross, Boy Scouts,
Community Chest and Police Department, so she can keep her illegal business open. She
has a soft heart and gives the poor people of Cannery Row a meal or two, if they need it.
Next there is an old Chinaman. Some think he is a God and some think he is death
and comes to get the dead at night. All the people of Cannery Row are scared of him
except a little 10 years old named Andy. Andy was there visiting family and didn\'t know all
the rumors of him. Andy would watch the old Chinaman come in and out of the water
each night. One night he decided to approach the old man. The old Chinaman talked to the
little boy for about two hours and then returned to the water. No one ever heard what they
talked about. There was something strange about him, he had one brown eye and one
green eye.
Then there is Mack and the boys. Mack is the main leader of this group. He is a
drunk and lives in an old vacant building, he conned from the town grocer. Eddie is an
understudy bartender. He fills in at the local bars when needed. Everytime he works he
steals alcohol for "the boys". He lives with Mack. Next is Hazel, who was named after his
mother\'s sister. He is also a poor drunk. Hazel helps the Doc of the town. He loves to help
with the animals. Guy is next, he is married but he left his wife to live with Mack, because
he was tired of being tied down. He is a mechanic. Most of these guys like to sponge off
of all the towns people. They are the town drunks and bums.
Doc owns and operators the Western Biological Laboratory. He studies all types
of animals. He is a big softy and he helps out Mack and the boys a lot. Mack and the boys
tend to take advantage of Doc because he has a lot of money. Doc feels sorry for them so
he usually helps them out. Sometimes Doc gives the boys jobs to do like collecting animals
and he will pay them. But Doc is very careful that the boys don\'t outsmart him.
There is a young boy named Frankie. He is only eleven and he was looking for
work on Cannery Row, so Doc hired him. His family is very poor, and Frankie wanted to
help out. Also he was very slow, so they didn\'t want him in the schools. He became very
interested in the work Doc did. So Frankie began helping Doc day after day. Soon Doc
began loving the child and aloud him to live with him.
Lee Chong owns the town grocery store. Mack and the boys are always trying too
get free things from him. Mack and the boys borrow his truck when they help Doc. Lee is
an old man with a big family. All the towns people can charge things and he will let them
pay as they can.
Mack and the boys set out to get frogs for Doc. On the way to get the frogs many
things happen along the way. The truck broke down and Guy tried to fix it but he need
some parts. So he set out to get some. He never made it back because he was involved in
a