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 - maryreinert - LibraryThing
I slogged through all 602 pages of this tome about some really unlikable people just to see why it's such a classic. I have loved other Steinbeck books, but this is long and tiresome. Too long just to ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Vinjii - LibraryThing
What a wonderful book. This is the first time I've picked up Steinbeck without school prompting me to, and I was blown away. The prose is so lovely, I didn't want to stop reading. The characters are ... Read full review