Drifting through its cast of vivid, earthy characters in a series of impressionistic vignettes, "The Wayward Bus", published in "Penguin Modern Classics", is John Steinbeck's Californian Canterbury Tales. "The Wayward Bus" travels through the backroads of the lush California countryside, transporting the lost and the lonely to new destinations. Juan Chicoy is at the wheel, a man of the land, hot-blooded and uninhibited. His passengers include Ernest, a travelling salesman out for fun, seventeen-year-old Kit, also known as Pimples, and Camille the stripper who dances at stag nights and takes the star-struck young Norma under her wing. This powerful and unsentimental novel becomes a story of crisis and passion, love and longing, as the travellers reveal their secrets and journey away from their pasts and towards, possibly, the promise of the future. "The Wayward Bus", with its profound insight into human desires and failings, remains one of Steinbeck's most powerful novels. John Steinbeck (1902-68), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for literature, is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the Second World War Steinbeck served as a war correspondent, with his collected dispatches published as "Once There Was a War" (1958); in 1945 he was awarded the Norwegian Cross of Freedom for his novel "The Moon is Down" (1942), a portrayal of Resistance efforts in northern Europe. His best-known works include the epics "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939) and "East of Eden" (1952), and his tragic novella "Of Mice and Men" (1937). John Steinbeck's complete works are published in "Penguin Modern Classics". If you enjoyed "The Wayward Bus", you might like Jack Kerouac's "On the Road", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics". 'Sustained brilliance, complete credibility and vividness". ("Saturday Review"). "One of Steinbeck's best books". ("Newsweek").