The Order of Canning

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Title: Order of canning

Author: John Steinbeck

Translator: Mehrdad Vosoughi

Publisher: Morvarid

Topic: American Stories / Social Life / Marine Biologists

Age category: Adult

Number of pages: 200

Language: Farsi

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The Order of Canning is the work of John Steinbeck (1902-1968), American author of the famous novel Clusters of Anger. This book and other works by Steinbeck show us the lives of ordinary people in America.

Facts that we may have rarely seen in the media. The canning order is one of Steinbeck’s best and most enjoyable works, and like his other works, in a world of reality and fantasy, with a mixture of humor and harsh social criticism, he depicts the lives of the deprived and the afflicted.
Introducing the book on canning
The characters in this story are people who are struggling with miserable economic problems but are looking for small joys that may be a cure for their incurable wounds. In this work, themes such as camaraderie, contentment, morality, avoiding a superficial view of human beings and a sense of nostalgia are emphasized.
The events of the novel “Order of Canning” take place on a street whose margins are full of fish that are to be canned.

This work was first released in 1945, and about 40 years later a film was made based on it. The story takes place during World War II, and the author narrates the indigenous life of the locals: One morning, an old Mr. Kariaga was walking from his hillside house to Alvardo Street.

As he was crossing the short bridge, his attention was drawn to a boy who was arguing with a dog in Masil. The boy had a black liver in his hand and the dog was sucking several billions of intestines, which led to a rupture. Mr. Kariagai paused and said to the boy, “Good morning.” The children were polite in those days.

The boy replied, “Good morning, sir.” Mr. Kariaga smiled and said, “What do you want to do with this liver?” “I want to make bait and catch mackerel with it.” Mr. Karyagah smiled and said, “What dog, does he want to catch fish too?” “The dog found it himself, we found it on the way,” the boy said.

“Mr. Kariaga smiled and walked away, and then his mind began to work. That liver is not a cow, because it is very small. It is not a calf’s liver either. It is very red. It is not a sheep’s liver either. Then his mind became clear. He saw Ray Yan and asked, “Did anyone die in Monterey last night?”

In southern California, in the coastal city of Monterey, in a low-income neighborhood, there is a cannery. Due to the presence of this factory, it is called the neighborhood of canning.

This famous street has been present many times in the stories of different authors, and this time, John Steinbeck has gone to this famous neighborhood with his special tone and humorous language. He paints a picture of the bitter life of the workers and fishmongers in the area, and tells of the economic hardships and fleeting joys of their lives.

جانAbout the canning book by John Steinbeck
Many fishermen in the coastal city of Monterey catch sardines. Due to the abundance of fish in the city, a cannery has also been built to convert part of the fishermen’s catch into canned food.

This neighborhood plays an important role in the storytelling process. In such a way that the author first describes the different parts of the neighborhood such as Liuchang store, laboratory, barren land, etc., then, the characters of the story enter slowly and together, figure out the order of canning day and night.

The story is told during World War II. In this historical period, a severe economic recession reigns in the society and absolute poverty grips a wide range of people in the society, especially the working class and the lower society.
John Steinbeck describes the historical, social, and economic situation of the people of the cannery neighborhood, most of whom are factory workers. This author narrates the fleeting moments of happiness of these people with his special humorous tone.

The story of the cannery is one of John Steinbeck’s most beloved and popular works. This book is written in 32 shorts that accompany the audience well.

جانAbout John Steinbeck, author of the book Canning
John Steinbeck was born in 1902 in Salinas, California. He first went to Stanford University to study English literature, but dropped out and moved to New York.

Steinbeck worked as a journalist in New York for a while, but returned to California two years later to pursue a career in labor.
For a while he accepted the guard of a house and at that time he was able to read many books. Steinbeck’s youth coincided with the Industrial Revolution and modernism, and because Steinbeck himself was a laborer, he was very concerned about the suffering of the lower classes.

Style, works and honors of John Steinbeck
Nature is an important element in Steinbeck’s works and they describe the scenery in great detail. He is one of the greatest writers of the American school of “naturalism”, whose works show the daily life of the people and the algebra that dominates them.

John Steinbeck’s novels are one of the most humane stories in the world, which well express the suffering of the lower classes and the working class.

His other important works include “Clusters of Anger” and “Paradise Meadows”. John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize after the publication of the novel Clusters of Anger.
He also won the 1962 Nobel Prize for his humanitarian books and unique writing style. His early works depicted the life of the working class and its hardships, reflecting Steinbeck’s leftist views.

Towards the end of his life, however, John Steinbeck, like George Orwell, renounced his leftist views and even supported the US military in the American-Vietnam War.

Translation of the book on canning in Persian
Sirous Tahabaz, an Iranian translator and writer, was born in 1318 in the city of Bandar Anzali. He has been working in the field of children’s literature for many years and has published various works in this field.

Tahabaz has so far translated and authored more than 70 books, including “Children and Pigeons”, “Victory over the Night”, “The Great Mountain Archer” and “The Red Horse”.

His most enduring work is the publication of more than 20,000 pages of Nima Yoshij’s worn-out and illegible manuscripts over a period of 35 years.

Why read a book on canning?
Canning is in the category of American novels and short stories. This book is suitable for adults. The number of pages of the printed version of the book is 216 pages, which by reading it for 20 minutes a day, you can read this book in 10 days.

Canning is one of the longest-running books on American novels and short stories. This book is a good choice for people who have more time to read and want to spend more time reading twentieth-century American novels and stories.

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