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
Yes. There is so much insightful material beyond the actual plot. I would like to listen more closely to those passages.
the realization that the object of your love is everything you made of her but not what she is
Kate, living ice. Goat eyes is sodescriptive. Steinbecdk writes so clearly you can see and feel the places and people.No wonder he is one of our great writers.
the insights are so real and characters so alive that this is a book that requires further study.
This is one of the best books I have listened to or read in a long time. I think it is the best Steinbeck has written. A must read.
Steinbeck's writing is so beautiful, and listening to it enhanced the experience.
The ending was absolutely overwhelming. I was stunned by its eloquence.
He brings expression, dialect, and mood to the experience
The first two thirds were terrifying. One of the main characters is a horrifying character, and I almost couldn't read it because I was so afraid of what she would do next. However, once she meets her demise, I relaxed into the rest of the book, and cried for a long time when it was over.
An unforgettable book--beautifully written, a slice of life that has never been described in such a way before, terrifying and deeply moving.
California's colorful history.
Lee was my favorite character. Lee is the Chinese cook and house help, but more than that--he is profoundly aware of the people in his life and the culture he is a part of. His is a deep character and, along with neighbor Sam Hamilton, Lee offers the listener an objective view of the characters Steinbeck creates, warts and all.
This is my only Poe listen. I found his pacing, voice, and the recording in general to add to the overall story.
facing your inner demons
The language of the story. Many stories are interesting but few authors have such a great command of language. It adds an exquisite dimension and was a delight to my ears.
I also enjoyed the Jewish - Chinese midrash! again..it is the language as a actor in the story!
I am a listener by nature. Poe read the book so well; he honored each character with a unique voice. Hearing the great language from such a gifted teller added to my pleasure. I could indulge myself because my brain only had to process the sound - not the sight that then creates the sound.
I felt that the story, although long, was well told and the Poe did a pretty good job at narration. I have liked other Steinbeck novels more, like Cannery Row, but I was glad I stuck it with this one. Worth the credit.
Cal Trask was a wonderful character - so complex and multi-dimensional. I was deeply touched by his struggles, much more so than the other characters.
The writing was wonderful and universal. I found myself wanting to copy down many passages.
It would probably be in my top ten. I learned a great deal from this book--about life in general, men in particular. It was not a book to enjoy, I don't think...rather a book to contemplate; to ultimately inspire the reader that there is hope and a future in the struggle of everyday life.
It was epic in scale. t told the story through the life of a few families in two generations in the Salinas Valley, California at the turn of the 20th century, just before the first World War.
He did a very good job as the narrator. He has a good voice for this material.
The life of the Chinese servant and his decision to leave and move to San Francisco to open the book store he had always dreamed of having he had always looked forward to this independence--- but when he left to fulfill his dream, he quickly realized he was an important part of the family and his own home and freedom lie with Adam, Caleb, and Aaron Trask.
A classic book for so many reasons...I think it might be best appreciated by readers over forty or so....so much layered material, it seems to me that a mature, seasoned reader might better appreciate and understand the material.
You'll live this novel with the characters!
Other than the fact that I love anything Steinbeck, the story was deeply structured and the characters intensely developed. I did get a bit tired of Lee's moralizing, but that was a part of his character that he completed it very well. There is a richness to Steinbeck's novels that I find missing in most modern novels, so "reading" East of Eden was most satisfying.
Richard Poe performed the roles excellently as well. I have no complains. These characters now live in my memory as if they actually existed.
There is little laughter in East of Eden. Still it is not a tragic novel, but yes! I did weep during some parts.
Don't listen to this book if you expect a plot that follows a perscribed formula. You won't find it here.
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