In Dubious Battle

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Penguin, 2006 - Fiction - 274 pages
31 Reviews

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 Abel. The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a 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.

This edition features an introduction by David Wyatt.

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User Review  - Susan Johnson - Goodreads

4.5 stars Steinbeck writes another memorable novel that I had neither read or heard of before which says a lot for my ignorance of an author who writes about places in my back yard. I had read "Grapes ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zach - Goodreads

In Dubious Battle is a thrilling procedural about a labor strike in a California valley dominated by a handful of landowners. It is also a penetrating examination of group psychology, the motives and ... Read full review



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JOHN STEINBECK (1902?1968) was born in Salinas, California. He worked as a laborer and a journalist, and in 1935, when he published Tortilla Flat, he achieved popular success and financial security. Steinbeck wrote more than twenty-five novels and won the Nobel Prize in 1962. Nearly all of his books are available in Penguin Classics.

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