East of Eden

East of Eden 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 helpless
  • Title: East of Eden
  • Author: John Steinbeck
  • ISBN: 9780142000656
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • East of Eden
    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 Abel Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring theSet 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 Abel Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes the mystery of identity the inexplicability of love and the murderous consequences of love s absence.
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  • John Steinbeck

    John Steinbeck III was an American writer He wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937 In all, he wrote twenty five books, including sixteen novels, six non fiction books and several collections of short stories In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley region of California, a culturally diverse place of rich migratory and immigrant history This upbringing imparted a regionalistic flavor to his writing, giving many of his works a distinct sense of place Steinbeck moved briefly to New York City, but soon returned home to California to begin his career as a writer Most of his earlier work dealt with subjects familiar to him from his formative years An exception was his first novel Cup of Gold which concerns the pirate Henry Morgan, whose adventures had captured Steinbeck s imagination as a child.In his subsequent novels, Steinbeck found a authentic voice by drawing upon direct memories of his life in California Later he used real historical conditions and events in the first half of 20th century America, which he had experienced first hand as a reporter Steinbeck often populated his stories with struggling characters his works examined the lives of the working class and migrant workers during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression His later body of work reflected his wide range of interests, including marine biology, politics, religion, history, and mythology One of his last published works was Travels with Charley, a travelogue of a road trip he took in 1960 to rediscover America He died in 1968 in New York of a heart attack and his ashes are interred in Salinas.Seventeen of his works, including The Grapes of Wrath 1940 , Cannery Row 1945 , The Pearl 1947 , and East of Eden 1952 , went on to become Hollywood films, and Steinbeck also achieved success as a Hollywood writer, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Story in 1944 for Alfred Hitchcock s Lifeboat.


  • All great and precious things are lonely Such 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 to study Of Mice and Men to death in school, or maybe because I thought The Grapes of Wrath was a little overrated But I ve been missing out.A closer look should have told me that Because I love family sagas Epic, [...]

  • 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 be trouble than it s worth You will often hear it referred to as a modern retelling of the Genesis story of Cain and Abel but that is too simplistic Steinbeck takes the story of Cain and Abel and makes Cain in the form of Cal Trask the sym [...]

  • I want to marry this book and have its babies I can t remember the last time I felt such a deep sense of satisfaction after finishing a book Every part of it was a delicious page turning delight This was pretty close to perfection and it s up there as one of my top ten favorite books Steinbeck weaves his tale amongst gorgeously saturated descriptions of the Salinas valley, a truly beautiful part of the country It s such a sweepingly epic and engrossing read which has everything a wonderful novel [...]

  • 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 tell us all how to live Uhright I knew we were in trouble with the unbelievably lame introduction some forced, self congratulatory metaphor about a box, if memory serves but it s hard to believe it actually go [...]

  • 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, passionate detail.The characters are all beautifully drawn and the story is captivating I ll add some quotes here before returning the book to the library, but it was extremely pleasurable to read cover to cov [...]

  • 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 storytelling to explain the inexplicable difficulties of family life It was the first time I felt scared of a fictional character I don t think I have ever been so deeply shaken as by Cathy Kate, and she remains th [...]

  • 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 subversive political text, an essay that blends modern philosophy with ancient wisdom.It s probable that Steinbeck s ambitious scope and his need to reach universal meaning might encumber the narration with [...]

  • 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 awesome featured food thick cut prime rib, chocolate fondue fountain, Mongolian BBQ bowl, etc In layman s terms, there is SO MUCH awesome story here with a HUGE payoff every 50 pages or so I am very satisfied with the [...]

  • East of Eden, a 1952 novel, was 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 troubles caused him by his half brother Charles Adam meets and marries Cathy Ames, whom he blindly loves, but who is a truly evil, completely self centered woman at heart They move out to the Salinas Valley in California, where they have twin [...]

  • 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 Charles, are turned into good little soldiers, at a very tender age Cyrus their father lost a leg, in the war, boasting of being in every major battle which is physically impossible In fact, the priva [...]

  • I am on a golden roll of amazingly fantastic books East of Eden by John Steinbeck was our book club pick for this month I almost didn t read it You see, it s an old friendd I ALMOST didn t re read it and that would have been tragic.East of Eden is an epic story about good and evil It tells the story of two families the Trasks and the Hamiltons It spans 3 generations and retells the Biblical story of Cain and Abel set in the Salinas Valley of Northern California.Perspectivefe experiencetestimony [...]

  • I finished this last night and afterwards, I lay back on my pillow extremely satisfied just thinking about it It s so rare that I read something that delights me from beginning to end While there were a few turns on the journey that confused me and seemed to take the book in a different direction, his connecting all the characters, the stories and do it with profound meaning is nothing short of brilliant And to do it through his own person history, and one of the oldest stories of the Bible only [...]

  • Wow I just don t know how to express the overwhelming power of this inspirational story It is one of those novels that really isn t over when you finish reading it as it stays with you inside your head and heart forever There is so much to ponder Just a simple question like, What am I here for or to feel the story of Cain and Abel come to life and gosh, I don t think I will ever forget the meaning of the Hebrew word Timshel thou mayest a very important symbol in this book meaning we have a choic [...]

  • Actual Rating 4.5 StarsAlright friends, here s the dealio When I read this book, lots of things in my personal life were a hectic When I finished this book, things were still hectic I m writing this now, and things are still a little hectic, but slowly they are leveling out so no worries The thing is, because of all that hectic, I did not document my thoughts about this book the way I normally would do I also made the fatal mistake of waiting far too long to sit down write my review upon finishi [...]

  • I read this first when I was at university and I loved it.I read this again now as a 30 year old avid reader who has become much critical when it comes to books I m happy to say that while this was a bumpy revisit, East of Eden remains one of my favourite books This novel is about inheritage and how hard it sometimes is to develop away from your inheritage What makes you good What makes you bad And do some of us contain of one or the other Those are some of the questions that Cal asks himself [...]

  • And now that you don t have to be perfect you can be good This book is one of the masterpieces of literature A story that will stand the test of time, with vivid, unforgettable characters that will haunt you long after you ve closed the book East of Eden is the story of life It s a story about brotherhood, jealousy, anger, pain, love, evil, sacrifice, redemption It s one of those books you want to thrust into the hands of your friends, family, neighbors, peers and shout, Read this, it s going to [...]

  • Those who are hurt most have the tremendous ability to heal, but what if a bruised heart defies to heal and turns indifferent by the time, what if a hand castoff once never advances again, what if a child lulled fallaciously to sleep never believes in fairies again, what if Cain abandoned God who rejected his sacrifice and preferred Abel over him God was rejected in exchange and rightly so East of Eden might be taken leisurely as the re telling of biblical tale of original sin, or a family biogr [...]

  • I think this is the best known story in the world because it is everybody s story I think it is the symbol story of the human soul The greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved, and rejection is the hell he fears I think everyone in the world to a large or small extent has felt rejection And with rejection comes anger, and with anger some kind of crime in revenge for the rejection, and with the crime guilt and that is the story of mankind Before this, my only exposure to John Stei [...]

  • Before he started writing this novel, Steinbeck conceived of it as a gift for his sons He wrote They are little boys now and they will never know what they came from through me, unless I tell them It is not written for them to read now but when they are grown and the pains and joys have tousled them a little And if the book is addressed to them, it is for good reason I want them to know how it was, I want to tell them directly, and perhaps by speaking to them directly I shall speak directly to o [...]

  • This is a long, long sermon masquerading as a novel Its aim seems clear to be the great American novel In spite of, or maybe because of this overreach, it is completely unsatisfying The characters are mere symbols Most of the themes pertain to the characters moral dilemmas, but it is difficult to be drawn into these since the characters lack any real complexity The men are various superlatives greatest, kindest, wisest There are two women characters, one evil and exaggerated to the point of absu [...]

  • My first encounter with Steinbeck was The Grapes of Wrath I didn t enjoy the encounter Had my first encounter been East of Eden, I most likely would have already read everything else he s written.This is the the age old story of the struggle between good and evil, but with an interesting twist Steinbeck sees the coexistence of good and evil as necessary for the emergence of character or greatness He lays the responsibility for that emergence squarely on the shoulders of the individual and shows [...]

  • There is only one story which, from time immemorial, has been relentlessly reappearing in different forms, faces, and times and that is the never ending battle between the Good and the Bad, the Gods and the Monsters, the Christ and the Satan, the Angels and the Demons, the crop farmer and the shepherd, Folly and Wisdom, We and our alter ego Not always the Good wins Not always the Bad loses A victory gets replaced by a sliding defeat of same height and a defeat by a rising victory of same height [...]

  • On a side note, this is the 100th book I ve reviewed this year, and I m incredibly thankful that such a title fell onto a novel that mattered so much to me.This was my first fully engaged experience with Steinbeck, and I was completely blown away His prose was lovely in the way a desert is lovely sparse but absolutely breathtaking in a certain slant of light I read The Grapes of Wrath in college, but did so while reading 4 or 5 other classic chunky novels at the same time for various classes, me [...]

  • A masterful and interwoven epic story and a half that takes the reader on a journey of grand proportions Steinbeck knows how to weave a tale This novel is rich in symbolism, the biblical references the thread that runs throughout this novel I don t know how Steinbeck does it, he gets inside the most intricate parts of the human soul, he knows how to show the human and the beast side Also that ending got me good To be honest I don t even know how to review this book For me after reading The Grape [...]

  • Parts of this book are god like At different stages in the beginning, middle, and end, I burnt through pages like this was some sort of mystery thriller, but obviously with all the depth of SteinbeckThen there s the characters, which here are some of the best Cal s struggle to be good when he s so compelled to be bad is one of the interesting ones I ve come across Kate is a perfectly written evil bitch and every time she pops onto the page, you can t wait to see what she ll do next.My only prob [...]

  • Fertile, Colorful Biblical Tale of Flawed HumanityShe s just a devil womanWith evil on her mindBeware the devil womanShe s gonna get you from behind Devil Woman, Cliff Richard, 1976East of Eden, Steinbeck s apex of awe inspiring talents, is his story based loosely on the tale of Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel I cannot think of any morally corrupt, evil female in the entire canon of Western Literature than Cathy Ames Cathy AmesInner Cathy AmesIncredibly, I ve seen negative ratings given this book on o [...]

  • Fantastic read, I m so happy I found myself back to Steinbeck after two decades apart We will be discussing this for a Reading Envy Podcast, June 29 at 8 pm EST Anyone may participate who has read the book More to followA Fixed the date JUNE 29 not July I m time traveling.

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