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East of Eden In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden the first book, and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth Set in the rich farmland of California s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families the Trasks and the Hamiltons whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and AbelAdam Trask came to California from the East to farm and raise his family on the new rich land But the birth of his twins, Cal and Aaron, brings his wife to the brink of madness, and Adam is left alone to raise his boys to manhood One boy thrives nurtured by the love of all those around him the other grows up in loneliness enveloped by a mysterious darknessFirst published in , East of Eden is the work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love s absence A masterpiece of Steinbeck s later years, East of Eden is a powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis jacket flap

10 thoughts on “East of Eden

  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    All great and precious things are lonelySuch an amazing book An instant all time favourite.I m sure you ve heard of this book Often touted as one of the greatest novels of all time or books you must read before you die For some reason, I ve been putting it off Maybe because I was made t

  2. Frank Frank says:

    This book is mind blowing It is John Steinbeck at his sharpest He said that every author really only has one book, and that all of his books leading up to East of Eden were just practice Eden would be his book I could write a summary of the book, but it would betrouble than it s worth Yo

  3. Matthew Matthew says:

    Very easy for me to rate this book 5 stars It is amazing There is so much in it and it is not hard to read It just tells it like it is and does it so well.It is like a high priced, high quality buffet with lots of different stations At each of those stations is a main table with an awesom

  4. Laura Laura says:

    I hate this book Hate Ponderous, pretentious, melodramatic, self satisfied, patronizing to its readers, with ultimately nothing to say Can be summarized thus a bunch of people with no formal education whatsoever sit around discussing the time they read the Old Testament in Hebrew They then

  5. Luca Ambrosino Luca Ambrosino says:

    English East of Eden Italiano The Salinas Valley is in Northern California It is a long narrow swale between two ranges of mountains, and the Salinas River winds and twists up the center until it falls at last into Monterey BayEast of Eden is a powerful novel, thick with biblical reference,

  6. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Adam Trask was a weak but kind boy and later man, his father treated him quite badly even his jealous, sadistic half brother younger but stronger hit him repeatedly , barely surviving one brutal vicious fight Born in the middle of the American Civil War, in a Connecticut farm he and brother

  7. Lisa Lisa says:

    I have no words to describe what this novel did to my reading self It was my first Steinbeck, and it made me fall in love with his writing, his ideas, his cry for individual freedom and social justice It made me ache for goodness in a world of evil, and it made me respect the power of storyte

  8. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    Steinbeck s classic East of Eden is a masterpiece and one of his finest books It tells the history of Steinbeck s own family, the Hamiltons, and that of the Trask family The epic is set in Steinbeck s native Salinas Valley in California and the beauty of the region is described in endless, pas

  9. Dolors Dolors says:

    East of Eden is a uniquely fragmented hotchpotch A fantastical fable, a retelling of the biblical tale of the original sin, a documented testimony of early settlers in the Salinas Valley through the perspective of three generations, a fictionalized biography of Steinbeck s own grandfather, a s

  10. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    An amazing book East of Eden, a 1952 novel by John Steinbeck, is a long, sprawling, sometimes slow but often very intense read Steinbeck considered it his magnum opus It begins at the turn of the century in Connecticut, telling about the difficult childhood of Adam Trask and the pains and troubl

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