East of Eden by John Steinbeck

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Read East of Eden Online Free - Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling 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 Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.

Title : East of Eden
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ISBN : 0142000655
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 601 pages


Emily May rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2016

“All great and precious things are lonely.” Such an amazing book. An instant all time favourite. I'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 mad...

Frank rated it ★★★★★

March 23, 2016

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 more trouble than it's worth...

Mary rated it ★★★★★

August 10, 2016

I want to marry this book and have its babies. I can't remember the last time I felt such a deep sense of satisfaction after finishing a book. Every part of it was a delicious page turning delight. This was pretty close to perfection and it's up there as one of my top ten favorite books. Steinbec...

Laura rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 13, 2010

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 t...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

September 25, 2017

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, pass...

Lisa rated it ★★★★★

February 10, 2018

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 storytell...

Dolors rated it ★★★★★

October 22, 2017

East of Eden is a uniquely fragmented hotchpotch. A fantastical fable, a retelling of the biblical tale of the original sin, a documented testimony of early settlers in the Salinas Valley through the perspective of three generations, a fictionalized biography of Steinbeck’s own grandfather, a sub...

Matthew rated it ★★★★★

July 25, 2016

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 well. It is like a high priced, high quality buffet with lots of different stations. At each of those stations is a main table with an awesome fe...

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ rated it ★★★★★

January 14, 2018

East of Eden, a 1952 novel, was a long, sprawling, sometimes slow but often very intense read. Steinbeck considered it his magnum opus. It begins at the turn of the century in Connecticut, telling about the difficult childhood of Adam Trask and the pains and troubles caused him by his half-brothe...

Huda rated it ★★★★☆

January 24, 2018

روح الإنسان الشيء الجميل الفريد في هذا العالم دائما ما تهاجم ولا تهزم أبدا لي تاريخ قديم مع شتاينبك وهو من أوائل من قرأتُ لهم بالإنجليزية وقد أدمنته على الفور تستطيع أن تقول أنه فهمني جيدا ففهمته جيدا وأحببت حقا ما فهمت هذه هي الرواية الأهم والأشهر وإن لم تكن الأقرب لقلبي كما هي رواياته العظيمة الأخرى الل...

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