'A fantasia of history and myth ... a strange and original work of art' The New York Times Book Review
Described by John Steinbeck as 'the story of my country and the story of me', East of Eden is an epic, engrossing family saga.
'There is only one book to a man' Steinbeck wrote of East of Eden. Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, often brutal novel, follows the interwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of indentity; the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.
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This is more than a book- it’s a universe
Books like this are not often written today. Everyone’s must - a journey with compassion through the human soul.
East of Eden
The World is in this book. Every human frailty, every human triumph. This is the fourth or fifth time I have read it, and I wondered whether it would have anything left to give. I think it affected me more thus time than any other. Steinbeck encapsulates the human spirit in all its glory and desolation. A glorious writer and an awe inspiring novel.
Best book ever written! Every sentence is bittersweet poetry!