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East of Eden

84 Ratings: 3.5
A book by John Steinbeck

Novel by John Steinbeck, published in 1952. It is a symbolic recreation of the biblical story of Cain and Abel woven into a history of California's Salinas Valley. With East of Eden Steinbeck hoped to reclaim his standing as a major novelist, but … see full wiki

Author: John Steinbeck
Genre: Literature
Publisher: Penguin
18 reviews about East of Eden
review by . July 12, 2010
This book written by John Steinbeck tells a story of several characters whose lives are entwined.  Set in the late 1800's into the 1900's the story is written so that it is told from the perspective of different characters throughout and often has flashbacks to give the reader further understanding of the complicated social situations.  Because the story encompasses more years than your average novel, it helps paint the picture of our developing nation.  Each character is …
review by . June 30, 2010
   I first read East of Eden when I was twelve years old. Needless to say, I did not truly grasp it. However, I read it again twice in high school, and each time I read it I discover something new. Each time I read it I feel hopeful. Many think it is a depressing tale, too full of religion, too full of pain, however I find it full of hope. What i have taken most out of this book is "timshel." This word mean "Thou mayest." For Lee, this word changes his life. He tries …
Quick Tip by . August 26, 2010
This sweeping masterpiece is expertly woven by a master of epic novels.
review by . June 28, 2010
This is a classic!      Though the plot may be predictable, its style and character development truly merit its great recognition. Most of the characters are exaggerated and unrealistic. The overstatement and overemphasis of the characters' specific detail and idiosyncrasy that truly makes this book special.      John Steinbeck effectively uses characters to further bring objectivity. In this case, he employs Lee's objective nature to bring …
review by . August 11, 2010
I loved this book.  I love being invited into a story that was written so long ago, yet so relevant to our world today.  That defines a truly timeless classic in my opinion.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
My all-time favorite book!!! A book that truly examines human character. Truly interesting and timeless with great lessons. A must read!!!
Quick Tip by . July 07, 2010
a very old book. read along with the grapes of wrath.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
loved the movie
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
How is it possible to dislike all of the characters?
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
:)
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
All of Steinbecks books are worth reading for their excellent descriptive prose. anyone who wants to write should read his books.
review by . June 26, 2010
Steinbeck expected great things from "East of Eden" . Referring to it as his "First novel", this lengthy re-telling of Adam and Eve is somewhat hamfisted in it's need to make the Adam and Eve story obvious-twice, through Adam and his brother Charles, then through Adam's sons, Cal and Aaron. The latter is much more interesting - It's a tale of love and loss, while the latter gets bogged down in earlier details and the technological revolution occurring at the time …
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
great read!
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
My favorite John Steinbeck novel
review by . September 30, 2009
   Had Me Searching the Bible.  I have yet to read a poor Steinbeck book and I think this was his all-time best (Grapes of Wrath is a close second). The author has an interesting take on the Cain & Abel story. Basically, depending on which bible you read it has a different translation. Depending on which you choose to accept, that is how you should lead your own life.Great characters and impossible to put down. One of the few old books where I have seen an Asian character as a …
review by . November 01, 2008
Steinbeck's epic novel, `East of Eden' is a depiction of his family's history in the Salinas Valley in California. Often the backdrop of many of his novels, `...Eden' is certainly more autobiographical than most of his works. The story branches off just like a family tree, and organically the characters blossom into full life.     Beginning with Cyrus Trask during the late 1800's, we develop a Jacob and Esau rivalry between his boys Charles and Adam. Cyrus is a martinet, so overbearingly …
review by . November 06, 2003
I have yet to read a poor Steinbeck book and I think this was his all-time best (Grapes of Wrath is a close second). The author has an interesting take on the Cain & Abel story. Basically, depending on which bible you read it has a different translation. Depending on which you choose to accept, that is how you should lead your own life.Great characters and impossible to put down. One of the few old books where I have seen an Asian character as a very deep philosophical person.
review by . February 15, 2001
This is one novel I read when I want to appreciate the mastery of the writing as well as the pleasure of the story itself. Steinbeck sure has a way with words! The story itself is almost the stuff of soap operas - two brothers and a woman one of them marries, twin children abandoned by their mother (the aforementioned woman) who becomes a madam, and a wonderful Chinese character who is never quite what he seems. But what a wonderful story it is!The characters are very well drawn, and Cathy is one …
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