East of Eden
A masterpiece of Biblical scope, and the magnum opus of one of America’s most enduring authors, in a commemorative hardcover edition
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. Adapted for the 1955 film directed by Elia Kazan introducing James Dean, and read by thousands as the book that brought Oprah’s Book Club back, East of Eden has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jameshold - LibraryThing
There's a story in here somewhere. And it definitely ain't that awful James Dean movie about shipping vegetables on a train. But JS tosses in so many philosophical sidebars and other irrelevant ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Nataliec7 - LibraryThing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. John Steinbeck's writing has caused me great joy! I love the descriptive nature of the book, the character development, the story of the many people, the depth of ... Read full review