This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, 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.
©1952 John Steinbeck; Renewed 1980 Elaine Steinbeck, Thom Steinbeck, and John Steinbeck IV (P)2011 Penguin Audio
This one had a bit of a slow start for me, but I found it intriguing enough to keep listening. By the end I was finding excuses for alone time so I could finish the book. I found it presented ideas artfully, delicately, and compassionately.
I read the book a couple of times before and I though I knew all about it. But Richard Poe surprised me by bringing to life aspects of the characters I never knew existed. Bravo!
Man of means by No means...
If you have any love for the state of California, you will enjoy this story. As I deal in the Produce world and spend a great deal of time in the Salinas Valley. This story had a greater impact with me. The trails and tribulations of mans joys and follies through life was portrayed and executed very well throughout the story line. The Choices one makes early in life can have an everlasting affect through his life while trying to overcome the ties to the past.
Richard Poe did a great job. Very professional and pleasant all around. He really brought the book to life and his voice suited the material very nicely.
Well, one sitting would be a bit much, but, yes, I was always eager to listen too more.
Glad I was finally able to experience this classic. I've been enjoying Steinbeck lately. I'm new to Audible, and this is the type of book that I'm most interested in: classics with great narration.
As he wrote East of Eden, Steinbeck declared that he would not rush the telling of the story and he didn't. The story unfolds as It follows two generations of two different families in the Salinas Valley from the time of the Civil War through World War I. The Hamilton family is based on Steinbeck's maternal grandparents and their children. The book deals with the human condition and our ability to choose evil over good or good over evil. The characters are fascinating and the choices they make push the story onward.
East of Eden was published sixty years ago, but it never seems dated. Months after having read it the story still resonates and the characters are still strong in my imagination.
Honest, gripping, timshel
How the story evolves from Adam's childhood, through war and eventually through his death. I also really enjoyed Lee's contribution to the family and was always impressed with his wisdom. Cal's character was also really interesting.
Any of the scenes with Sam Hamilton and Lee. I really enjoyed the scene where they discussed the story of Cain and Able. Timshel
No, my commute is approx an hour and this novel took me about 3-4 weeks to get through.
Great novel, enjoyed it more than Grapes of Wrath. A must read!
This gripping story is both a history of an era in the US and an excellent character study of people living during this era. I found it impossible to put down! The good, bad, and blind in people's visions and actions are brilliantly depicted along with the steady and intelligent wisdom of the faithful Chinese savant/servant.
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