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
East of Eden is a tale that, if truly understood, will leave you with nothing but a security in your convictions. It will leave you with memories of people to great or to horrible to accept as as part of yourself and yet they will assimilate into your being. Steinbeck is a scribe of the soul and nothing less.
I remember this book from when I read it at a much younger age! I remembered the power of the idea of our choice to do good or evil - and now in my 60's this book seems more important. It has everything - a sociopathic woman who makes a great villain, a Chinese American servant who holds the moral center - and so much fun to listen to Read it!!!
A Classic I never read...until now. I saw the made for TV movie back in the day. The book is so much better, as usual. I know, I know, I'm behind the times, but the story is so captivating and the characters engaging. John Steinbeck does not write the "happy ending" in his books, but his stories are thought provoking. I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook.
I've read several of Steinbeck ' s novels now and with each one, they get better and better. the masterfully written descriptions of characters, the life lessons, the stories that feel like they're telling some old secret truth that you've carried around...I put this one done and am just amazed! this was a combination of audio book as well as a Kindle book for me. The narrator's voice was so smooth and we'll done for each character. by far, the best I have yet to read.
An incredibly deep, yet remarkably familiar, story that leaves you feeling a bit wiser with every turn. Richard Poe masterfully gives each character a distinguishable persona and makes you forget you aren't actually watching a movie.
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