The pastures of heaven is a short story cycle by john steinbeck first published in 1932 consisting of twelve interconnected stories about a valley the corral de tierra in monterey california which was discovered by a spanish corporal while chasing runaway indian slaves. The pastures of heaven is a small community in california which you need to know and i think the title might keep some people from reading this the story revolves around families moving into and out of this area farmers new home owners men building a new homeetc. The pastures of heaven was written before he became a star and you can trace the outlines of what was to come the setting is a valley that a spanish corporal finds while chasing runaway indian slaves hes so taken by what he sees that he christens the valley las pasturas del cielo or the pastures of heaven. The pastures of heaven which is based on a real valley and whose characters have roots in real people is one of those novels and uses the same format he employed in tortilla flat and cannery rowa collection of stories around an organizing theme. One of steinbecks earliest published works the pastures of heaven is a collection of stories about the inhabitants of a fertile valley in california beginning with the spanish corporal who first stumbles across the long valley floored with green pasturage on which a herd of deer browsed and
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