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
Absolutely. This is a beautiful book with incredible narration.
The discussion of the word "timshel".
His handling of the emotion (or lack thereof) in each character that brings them to life.
A beautiful display of the best and worst of the human condition.
Yes, I fully intend to. The characters and setting are so real and interesting that I want to experience the book again.
Lee, because he was awesome and wise.
It's the first I've listened to with Richard Poe, but I hope it's not the last.
It made me laugh in parts.
I can see why it's considered a classic.
When the end of the story came, all I could say was "wow." This novel is excellent.
Poe's reading style fit right into the story and you hardly knew he was there. I will look for more performances by him.
The finished product is a little strange. There are very long breaks between sections and then there will be an extremely short or no break to transition the chapter. That was the only reason I chipped off a start for the overall package - It really effected the mental flow
you get in while listening.
I love books, but I particularly love audio books. What a luxury to have someone like Campbell Scott read you to sleep.
If you haven't read East of Eden, this audio version is very good. John Steinbeck's brilliance shines through in this epic story. The characters are truly unique. A hooker without a heart of gold is a woman not often described in such chilling way. This is classic American story well worth the time.
Certainly Steinbeck's other works about California and its role as a symbol of so much of the human condition and the American story in particular.
He inhabited each of the characters, bringing to life their stories, without it ever sounding forced or unnatural. That's just it, it was a natural reading, a solid telling of an epic.
East of Eden: An Escape.
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
This is a beautiful and moving story. It is heart wrenching.
I wanted it to end.
I highly recommend it.
Yes, to anyone interested in American-California history, it is a great story about the Salinas Valley.
Sam Hamilton was my favorite charcter, he was so human and loving. Even though he wasn't physically present for a portion of the book, his spirit affected the entirety of the novel.
I enjoyed the typically human comedic moments, and dreaded the results of the sad times, even when I knew it was fiction!
It took me a little while to really get into the book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down.
The synopsis of the book was great, but it was way, way to long for me.
Yes, a classic book, well presented.
Lee, the Chinese servant. He is presented with depth of character.
No, East of Eden was the first "good" book I read in high school. I have re-read it three times. I just love some of the passages and analogies.
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