From the Publisher
"When the book club ended a year ago, I said I would bring it
back when I found the book that was moving…and this is a great one.
I read it for myself for the first time and then I had some friends
read it. And we think it might be the best novel we''ve ever read!"
In his journal, 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 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.
Adam 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 Aron, 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 darkness.
First published in 1952, 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 consequences 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
About the Author
No writer is more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.
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Format: Trade Paperback
Published: June 18, 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0142004235
ISBN - 13: 9780142004234