East of Eden - John Steinbeck

East of Eden

By John Steinbeck

  • Release Date: 2020-07-14
  • Genre: Classics
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 149 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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.

Adam Trask came to California from the East to farm and raise his family on the new rich land. But the birth of his twins, Cal and Aaron, brings his wife to the brink of madness, and Adam is left alone to raise his boys to manhood. One boy thrives nurtured by the love of all those around him; the other grows up in loneliness enveloped by a mysterious darkness.

First published in 1952, East of Eden is the 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. A masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years, East of Eden is a powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis.

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Latest Impressions

  • What a treasure

    5
    By Jenset63
    Powerful read as a young adult and again in middle age. Truly a classic
  • Always a Steinbeck fan, but...

    5
    By lisaandchris
    This is a tragic and beautiful story of real people, so well-defined and descriptive. Every time I put it down, I wished I could continue...more so than any book since his 'Grapes of Wrath' in high school. If not THE best, it is certainly one of the very best novels I have ever read.
  • First book I have read in years

    5
    By givemeauniquename
    Enjoy it very much
  • Steinbeck at his best

    5
    By non-fiction reader
    I may never read a better book.
  • There’s a good reason why Steinbeck is so highly esteemed

    5
    By Jed Summers
    This novel is worthy of every sincere reader. Bravo Mr. Steinbeck. Thou mayest!