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East of Eden [Epub] ➟ East of Eden Author John Steinbeck – In his journal Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden “the first book” and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salin In his journal Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden “the first book” and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley this sprawling East of Kindle - and often brutal novel 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 AbelAdam Trask came to California from the East to farm and raise his family on the new rich land But the birth of his twins Cal and Aaron brings his wife to the brink of madness and Adam is left alone to raise his boys to manhood One boy thrives nurtured by the love of all those around him; the other grows up in loneliness enveloped by a mysterious darknessFirst published in East of Eden is the work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes the mystery of identity the inexplicability of love and the murderous conseuences of love's absence A masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years East of Eden is a powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis jacket flap.

  • Paperback
  • 601 pages
  • East of Eden
  • John Steinbeck
  • English
  • 06 August 2015
  • 9780142000656

About the Author: John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck III was an American writer He wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Grapes of Wrath published in and the novella Of Mice and Men published in In all he wrote twenty five East of Kindle - books including sixteen novels six non fiction books and several collections of short stories In Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for LiteratureSteinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley.

10 thoughts on “East of Eden

  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    “All great and precious things are lonely” Such an amazing book An instant all time favouriteI'm sure you've heard of this book Often touted as one of the greatest novels of all time or books you must read before you die For some reason I've been putting it off Maybe because I was made to study Of Mice and Men to death in school or maybe because I thought The Grapes of Wrath was a little overrated But I've been missing outA closer look should have told me that Because I love family sagas Epic multi generational tales filled with rich characterization and plenty of drama The House of the Spirits is a great example These books really pull me into the characters' lives I get a sense that I've grown up with them gone through each hardship with them and come out the other side They always leave me feeling emotionalEast of Eden is a great book from every angleThe characters come bounding off the pages offering a sort of Cain and Abel retelling set before during and after the great westward migration of early modern America it's no coincidence that the Trask brothers are called Charles and Adam Steinbeck could not have vividly painted the Salinas Valley in our minds if he had literally dragged us there in person It's a beautiful dusty challenging place to be and into it comes the story of the Trasks and the Hamiltons I cannot stress enough how well drawn these characters are as we move with them through poverty war wealth murder love and lies “But the Hebrew word the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice It might be the most important word in the world That says the way is open That throws it right back on a man For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not” It's rare that a book is both a thoughtful historical tale with strong themes and a fast paced highly readable romp through the lives of people who are smart naive calculating lovable mean selfish and confused It's surprising how often the terms easily readable and masterpiece are mutually exclusive but that is not the case here I couldn't put it downI just don't even know how to fully summarize my thoughts and feelings East of Eden is clever it's deep but it's also so damn enjoyable I loved all the relationships and conflicts between the characters And I especially loved Cathy the kind of twisted female character I'd expect Gillian Flynn to createIf you're looking for an intelligent classic read it If you're looking for an exciting pageturner read itBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  2. Frank Frank says:

    This book is mind blowing It is John Steinbeck at his sharpest He said that every author really only has one book and that all of his books leading up to East of Eden were just practice Eden would be his book I could write a summary of the book but it would be trouble than it's worth You will often hear it referred to as a modern retelling of the Genesis story of Cain and Abel but that is too simplistic Steinbeck takes the story of Cain and Abel and makes Cain in the form of Cal Trask the sympathetic character Cal Trask does not act destructively for the sake of destruction but he is desperately clawing for approval and love from his father Adam who prefers Cal's twin brother Aron The story isn't that pat though Cal and Aron really don't make their entrances as major characters until the last uarter of the 600 page novel So to say that this book is simply the retelling of Cain and Abel is to oversimplify the book The main theme of the book is the desire within everyone for love and how this desire can make people turn to destructive behavior This book has been criticized for being too verbose meandering inconsistently paced and heavy handed in its parallel with the story of Cain and Abel Yes it is verbose and meandering but that's Steinbeck It gives a full picture of the Salinas valley It gives you insights and perspectives you might not otherwise have If anything Steinbeck's constant forays into unrelated sidebars give the reader a break in pace a rest that makes the important parts of the books feel as though they flow smoothly As for the parallel with Cain and Abel it is heavy handed That being said the heavy handedness didn't bother me Going in to the novel with the expectation of it being a retelling of Cain and Abel at least for some of the narrative is enough to make the obvious references to Cain and Abel seem natural If Steinbeck had given the impression that he was trying to hide the parallel it would have been insulting But Steinbeck isn't trying to hide it he makes it clear that the story of Cain and Abel are an integral part of his story East of Eden is an amazing novel Its strong points than compensate for the very few shortcomings Steinbeck is such a tremendous writer that his shortcomings become strengths I highly recommend it

  3. Matthew Matthew says:

    Very easy for me to rate this book 5 stars It is amazing There is so much in it and it is not hard to read It just tells it like it is and does it so wellIt is like a high priced high uality buffet with lots of different stations At each of those stations is a main table with an awesome featured food thick cut prime rib chocolate fondue fountain Mongolian BB bowl etc In layman's terms there is SO MUCH awesome story here with a HUGE payoff every 50 pages or so I am very satisfied with the story I got full of literatureOh and this book has one of the most heartless and despicable villains ever put on paper I recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a decent story told very well This has solidified with me that Steinbeck is a literary genius cannot be denied

  4. Laura Laura says:

    I hate this book Hate Ponderous pretentious melodramatic self satisfied patronizing to its readers with ultimately nothing to say Can be summarized thus a bunch of people with no formal education whatsoever sit around discussing the time they read the Old Testament in Hebrew They then tell us all how to live Uhright I knew we were in trouble with the unbelievably lame introduction some forced self congratulatory metaphor about a box if memory serves but it's hard to believe it actually got worse from there In any event with its smug aura of Here you will find WISDOM it's certainly no wonder that it's right up Oprah's alley The fact that people worship this misbegotten mess of a book as they might worship pieces of the True Cross is just plain depressing Apparently the way to literary immortality is to give 'em a decent narrative throw in some breathless nonsense about free will and the Bible and don't forget to puff out your chest and tell everyone that you've written a masterpiece Gack For this they gave him the Nobel Prize?After deleting I don't know how many comments calling me names and getting several pieces of hate email I'm adding this addendum because it will save both me and a bunch of other people from wasting time I'll delete any comments that I consider abusive or that I think constitute ad hominem arguments so do keep that in mind if you're considering posting a long screed

  5. Luca Ambrosino Luca Ambrosino says:

    English East of Eden Italiano«The Salinas Valley is in Northern California It is a long narrow swale between two ranges of mountains and the Salinas River winds and twists up the center until it falls at last into Monterey Bay»East of Eden is a powerful novel thick with biblical reference in which the characters seem real and not fictional protagonists of a generational saga about good and evil About pure hatrded and unconditional love You will love all the characters of the novel every last one of them You will love the storytelling power of John Steinbeck You will love his way of representing hope falsehood sadness And you will hate as if you were under the effect of a sick addiction the moment you finish the bookIn my humble opinion this is the best Steinbeck And also according to the author opinion since he said that everything he did before was in preparation to this novel East of Eden is the Great American NovelVote 10«La Valle del Salinas nella California settentrionale è una lunga gola stretta tra due catene montuose il fiume si snoda e serpeggia nel centro finchè non si getta nella baia di Monterey»“La Valle dell'Eden” è un libro potente denso di riferimenti biblici nel uale muovono i passi personaggi che sembrano reali e non di finzione protagonisti di una epopea generazionale sul bene e sul male Sull’odio puro e sull’a incondizionato Amerete tutti i personaggi di uesto romanzo dal primo all’ultimo Amerete la capacità narrativa di John Steinbeck Amerete il suo modo di rappresentare la speranza la falsità la tristezza E odierete come foste sotto l’effetto di una morbosa dipendenza il momento in cui avrete finito di leggereA mio modesto parere il miglior Steinbeck E anche a detta dello stesso autore visto che affermò che tutto uanto fatto prima era solo in preparazione a uesto romanzo E' la Valle dell'Eden il Grande Romanzo AmericanoVoto 10

  6. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Adam Trask was a weak but kind boy and later man his father treated him uite badly even his jealous sadistic half brother younger but stronger hit him repeatedly barely surviving one brutal vicious fight Born in the middle of the American Civil War in a Connecticut farm he and brother Charles are turned into good little soldiers at a very tender age Cyrus their father lost a leg in the war boasting of being in every major battle which is physically impossible In fact the private was only in a blue uniform six months getting his appendage shot off during the first day of his first battle But Cyrus becomes such a good liar that people begin to actually believe him as he does as well Yet writing marvelous but fictional war articles in the major American newspapers Conseuently he receives a job with the Grand Army of the Republic an influential veterans group of Union soldiers in Washington His first wife commits suicide the second dies of illness let's say Cyrus was not a very lovable person Adam is forced by his father at sixteen to join the army to make him a man and save his hide from Charles Running down the few scattered renegade Indians in the plain states Adam hates his job still does it bravely and well When the father dies both boys inherit a vast sum of money was their father not only a liar but also a thief ? Out of the military good Adam marries a woman of ill repute Cathy a lady so evil that Satan would be ashamed to be associated with her Adam buys a farm in northern California's rugged Salinas Valley Cathy gives birth to twin boys non identical Caleb Cal and Aaron Aron shoots Adam and abandons the newborns Not mother of the year material the wife's manners could also be improved Cathy takes up residence in a home which you can guess what kind it is but Adam lives and goes into a deep funk Lee the much loved Chinese servant takes over and raises the kids better than the moody distant bitter father could ever do Thoughts This story is an allegory of the Bible's Adam and Eve being thrown out of The Garden of Eden but also about wicked Cain and his good brother Abel Steinbeck was born in the frontier town of Salinas the Old West was still alive the few settlers struggled to make a living in the harsh land The world changed forever as the book says when the year 1900 arrivedLadies were not ladies any and you couldn't trust a gentleman's word Sam Hamilton a neighbor of Adam and soon friend was different like a Patriarch out of the Bible with his nine children wise and tough but not practical thus always poor Nevertheless these people are needed as Steinbeck believes to give guidance to others which is very lacking todayThe author's most ambitious and his favorite work Love and lots of hate much conflict and a little peace all there Sam Hamilton was the writer's grandfather

  7. Lisa Lisa says:

    I have no words to describe what this novel did to my reading self It was my first Steinbeck and it made me fall in love with his writing his ideas his cry for individual freedom and social justice It made me ache for goodness in a world of evil and it made me respect the power of storytelling to explain the inexplicable difficulties of family life It was the first time I felt scared of a fictional character I don't think I have ever been so deeply shaken as by CathyKate and she remains the villain with whom I compare all other literary villains And yet she fascinated me she was like a snake hypnotising a mouse and she merged the mythical ideas of Eve and the serpent into one powerful person destructive and beautiful exciting and dangerous Yet despite the biblical references which dominate the narrative the monumental family saga has resemblance with a Greek tragedy than with a Christian tale facing the shame of failure most characters choose to exit the stage rather than gaining redemption through suffering Their lifeline is the freedom of CHOICE not dogmatic obedienceAnd this I believe that the free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world And this I would fight for the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes undirected And this I must fight against any idea religion or government which limits or destroys the individual This is what I am and what I am aboutOf all the books I don't have time to reread this is the one that is tempting me most like a snake Eve pointing towards a shiny apple this is where you will find the knowledge of good and evil and it is your choice if you read it or notIt will make you shiver with fear and admiration for the human imagination

  8. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    Steinbeck's classic East of Eden is a masterpiece and one of his finest books It tells the history of Steinbeck's own family the Hamiltons and that of the Trask family The epic is set in Steinbeck's native Salinas Valley in California and the beauty of the region is described in endless passionate detailThe characters are all beautifully drawn and the story is captivating I'll add some uotes here before returning the book to the library but it was extremely pleasurable to read cover to coverFor example concerning faith The proofs that God does not exist are vert strong but in lots of people they are not as strong as the feeling that He does P69Concerning monsters I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parentsTo a criminal honesty is foolish You must not forget that a monster is only a variation and that to a monster the norm is monstrous P71On progress in our time mass or collective production has entered our economics our politics and even our religion so that some nations have substituted the idea collective for the idea of God This in my time is the danger P131On racism and dumbing down Lee If I should go up to a lady or gentleman for instance and speak as I am doing now I wouldn't be understoodPidgen they expect pidgin they'll listen to But English from me they don't listen to and so they don't understand it P161Time flies The clock struck nine deliberate strokes and they were swallowed up P449Frustration with time scheduling One thing late or early cab disturb everything around us and the disturbance runs outward in bands like waves from a dropped stone in a uiet pool P530East of Eden uses a plethora of Biblical analogies starting with that in the title referring to the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden here Adam is expulsed from his home though it was hardly a paradise and thrust into the hell of a senseless war Like veterans of other senseless wars he comes back to a civilization that does not appreciate or understand what he lived through and he lives maladjusted for most of the rest of his life His conflict with his brother Charles Note most of the major conflicts involve character names starting with an A Adam Aron Abra with character names starting with a C Charles Cal Catherine is epic and sets many of the books major themes into play rivalry over sex and power jealousy favoritism There are many parallels throughout the book to Biblical stories and repetitive behaviors This begs the uestion on whether anything is learned? I would say that despite the tragedy at the end Lee does give us a sense of progress by taking the long view It is significant that the last word in the book spoken by Adam is that which Lee and his Chinese scholars worked on together from Hebrew Timshel thou mayestSteinbeck was a masterful writer who beautifully evoked the Salinas Valley of his youth populating it with endearing and occasionally frightful characters that bring history alive I would have to reread Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men but East of Eden is certainly one of Steinbeck's best if not the very best

  9. Muhtasin Oyshik Muhtasin Oyshik says:

    East of Eden by John SteinbeckI bet this book will change how you see humanity and how you think about good and evil If you are a father or a son or especially a father of sons then I imagine this story will be so full of truth it will shake you to your core and leave you lying nervously in bed at night praying for your children Praying perhaps for yourself And now that you don’t have to be perfect you can be goodTimshel

  10. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    East of Eden John SteinbeckEast of Eden is a novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck published in September 1952 The story is primarily set in the Salinas Valley California between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of World War I though some chapters are set in Connecticut and Massachusetts and the story goes as far back as the American Civil WarIn the beginning of East of Eden before introducing his characters Steinbeck carefully establishes the setting with a description of the Salinas Valley in Central CaliforniaThen he outlines the story of the warmhearted inventor and farmer Samuel Hamilton and his wife Liza immigrants from Ireland He describes how they raise their nine children on a rough infertile piece of land As the Hamilton children begin to grow up and leave the nest a wealthy stranger Adam Trask purchases the best ranch in the ValleyAdam's life is seen in a long intricate flashback We see his tumultuous childhood on a farm in Connecticut and the brutal treatment he endured from his younger but stronger half brother Charles Adam and Charles's father Cyrus was a Union Civil War veteran who was wounded in his very first battle and unable or perhaps unwilling to return to service; he nonetheless becomes an expert armchair general who uses his intellectual knowledge of military affairs and wounded veteran status to become a military adviser in Washington DCAs a young man Adam spent his time first in the military and then wandering the country He was caught for vagrancy escaped from a chain gang and burgled a store for clothing to use as a disguise Later he wires Charles to reuest 100 to pay for his travels home Adam later sends money to the store to pay for the clothes and damage After Adam finally makes his way home to their farm Charles reveals that Cyrus had died and left them an inheritance of 50000 each Charles is torn with fear that Cyrus did not come by the money honestlyCharacters Mr Edwards Ethel Lee Faye Tom Hamilton Cyrus Trask Mrs Trask Alice Trask Adam Trask Charles Trask Aron Trask Caleb Trask Samuel Hamilton Liza Hamilton George Hamilton Will Hamilton Joe Hamilton Lizzie Hamilton Una Hamilton Dessie Hamilton Olive Hamilton Mollie Hamilton Cathy Ames Abra Bacon Joe Valeryتاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه آگوست سال 1984میلادیعنوان شرق بهشت؛ نویسنده جان ارنست اشتاین بک؛ مترجم بهرام مقدادی؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، بامداد، 1361 1362، در سه جلد، موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی سده 20مزندگی پیچیده دو خانواده «ترسک» و «همیلتون» و داستان‌های در هم گره خورده ی آن‌ها را، به تصویر می‌کشد؛ «اشتاینبک» این رمان را در خطاب به دو پسر کوچکش، «تام» و «جان» بنوشتند، که در آن زمان به ترتیب شش و نیم، و چهار و نیم ساله بودند؛ ایشان می‌خواستند جزئیات دره «سالیناس» را برای آن‌ها توصیف کنندشرق بهشت داستان دو نسل را در دو بازه ی زمانی گوناگون روایت می‌کند؛ خانواده «سایروس تراسک»، و خانواده‌ ی دوم «همیلتون»‌ها هستند؛ در هر دو خانواده ی داستان، پدران به یکی از فرزندان خود، بیشتر توجه دارند؛ در خانواده «تراسک»، «سایروس»، «آدام» را به «چارلز» ترجیح می‌دهد، و «آدام» هم، زمانی‌که که پدر می‌شود، بهمانند پدرش «سایروس»، به یکی از فرزندان خود، به نام «آرون»، نسبت به آن دیگری توجه بیشتری دارد؛ در همین جای داستان، زمینه‌ های ناتوریستی کتاب، مشخص می‌شود، و کتاب تبعیض بین فرزندان را؛ وراثتی نشان می‌دهداگر «جان اشتاین بک» در سراسر عمر ادبی خویش، جز همین «شرق بهشت»، کتاب دیگر ننوشته بودند، باز هم شایسته و سزاوار همه ی شهرت و افتخاری بودند، که نصیبشان شده است؛ حماسه ی فلسفی و انسانی بزرگواری که داستان بشریت را در خود گنجانده است، از بدو خلقت تا به امروز ماجراهایی که پس از خوردن میوه ی درخت خرد، بر سر فرزندان آدم آمده، و تا ابدیت ادامه خواهد یافت؛ «شرق بهشت» به رغم گذشت سالها از نگارش و نخستین انتشار آن، هنوز هم، جزو «پرخوانشگرترین ده کتاب» در آمریکاستتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 05071399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

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