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 is one of my favorite books, and Richard Poe did an excellent job of narrating this story.
I like the truths emanating from the entire novel. I re-experienced this novel for the second time after 6 years, and was enthralled once more. Plus Timshel. I love how this book showcases the forces of good and evil and illustrates that it's not all one or the other necessarily.
This was the first, great!
I mean, Cathy/Cate...difficult to not have an extreme reaction to her.
A great lesson on being careful who you trust. The power of women when a man is smitten. Reasons why sometimes water is thicker than blood. Nothing in this life is ever just what it appears. The truth will always show it's color eventually.
The discussion around the word 'timshel' is the most important of any book I've ever read. I've reread this book 3 times and have now had it read to me through Audible. I'll reread it again I'm sure a few more times in my life.
Poe's performance reading is phenomenal.
As for the book itself, it feels as though there is some superfluity in the content. It feels like certain information could have been left out and the story would not have lost its weight. This, in my opinion, prevents the "good" and otherwise beautiful story from being "great".
John Steinbeck is, without question, my favorite author of all time. East of Eden is just another of his many eye opening stories that prods to the inner parts of your soul and makes you question not only who, but why you are.
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.
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