The Red Pony
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Date: June 2011
Duration: 2 hours 56 minutes
John Steinbeck's masterpiece celebrates the spirit and courage of adolescence.
Steinbeck draws on his memories of childhood in these stories about a boy who embodies both the rebellious spirit and the contradictory desire for acceptance of early adolescence. Unlike most coming-of-age stories, the cycle does not end with a hero "matured" by circumstances. Reversing common interpretations, The Red Pony is imbued with a sense of loss. Jody's encounters with birth and death express a common theme in Steinbeck's fiction: They are parts of the ongoing process of life, "resolving" nothing.