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 - CassandraT - www.librarything.com
I didn't enjoy reading this book. The way everything ended made little sense to me. Aaron Trask just seems pathetic. I like the idea that we are all just people... but I don't think that message is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - villemezbrown - www.librarything.com
A magnificent sprawl of a story, covering decades in a family saga, crime drama and theological study. I've always liked Steinbeck, but my appreciation increases as I get older. I really need to seek out some of his other works that I've neglected to read. Read full review