This short story is found at the end of The Red Pony, and it was probably my favorite part of the whole novel. I found this short story at the end of The Red Pony It was so good Hell even I wanted to sit under a syca The Maltby s may have been poor but they had so so much I m going to have to try and find The Pastures of Heaven now. Great short story by Steinbeck involving a young boy, Robbie, and his father, Junius They live in poverty, but are content They spend their days enjoying life without material goods When Robbie attends school, the kids don t make fun of him as expected, but embrace him because of his personality Someome donates clothes and shoes to Robbie and it isn t until then that he realizes he is poor Junius eventually goes back to being an accountant to have a better economic standing Overall, its a good story about how you can be happy and content without the things that most people think u need although in the end they give in to society s expectations. Junius Maltby, In the genre of short 25 pages stories which can start to teach young people empathy, compassion, sympathy and non materialist views this is probably the best It is obscure, usually not included published in the collection which it was originally written for, hence a difficult to find piece I would rate this along with Peter Taylor s Dean of Men as the best pieces I ever read growing up Robbie Maltby is the character to be followed. Mine was in the back of The Red Pony, and I was so grateful Junius Maltby was such a surprising gift I fell in love with Robbie, and I hope I feel and act and understand as well as Miss Morgan, truly she is one of the best characters I ve ever met, and at the same time, I don t really need to know any about her.
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That means we are a quarter of the way through the year — which in some ways is hard to believe. While the story flowed relatively well, for me it was divided into three parts. For the first part, Steinbeck introduces the reader of the story to Junius and his family, making the point that Maltby is a reader and a reader of fiction at that, specifically enjoying Robert Louis Stevenson.
Maltby is somewhat of a free spirit and while the garden needs weeding, he tends to have his nose in a book and his feet in the pond. At this point, it appears Steinbeck is making a case for children playing and using their imaginations. However, those pesky things like food and clothes, or the absence, thereof, become emphasized to a great degree by the school board — and in some ways, by Steinbeck. Thanks, Mr. View All Posts. How strange. Accounting, really? Perhaps he had simply slipped too far into his imagination?
What an interesting character! Lots to think about! He was happy. Robby was happy. True, he had no material possessions but where does happiness rank in life? And when moving back to SF, Junius surly died. He knew he would but his love for Robby was greater than any personal concern. I see your point! An Accountant?! Jay, my version was also with The Red Pony which I read last year. I also read Tortilla Flat last year. I think you will like it for the most part.
Eric was a engineer and is now a writer. Neither of us have been employed in over six years. But, we did sock away savings before becoming full-time writers and only have ourselves to care for. I read the book in and knew 2 types of people who lived like Junius. One were various hippies trying to live off the land. Social workers, health professionals. The second type were slightly unusual country people.
No full time job. Garden, chickens, barter, illegal poaching deer, odd jobs and food stamps. I like your insight. This story hit way too close to home for me but I still enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by! You are commenting using your WordPress.
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I think that fine line is what Steinbeck was getting at. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public.
John Steinbeck: Junius Maltby
The corporal who happens upon the valley while transporting his enslaved Native Americans ironically names the valley that impresses him so deeply "Las Pasturas del Cielo," or the Pastures of Heaven. He longs to live his final years in the beautiful valley he had discovered but is never able to return having been infecting with the "pox" and dying what is implied to be a justly terrible death 4. Steinbeck refers to the corporal as "a savage bearer of civilization," reminding his readers that the lands once owned by Native Americans were taken over by such men 4. The Corporal's failure to fulfill his dream of returning to the Pastures of Heaven sets up the pattern of unfulfilled dreams, hopes, and desires that plague the valley's residents across several generations. An early resident of the Pastures of Heaven, George settles in the valley during the 's, and works tirelessly on the land. Essentially, he works himself to death and is the first actual resident of the Pastures who fails to fulfill his dreams and desires. After his death, his farm falls to the care of his son, John.