East of Eden by John Steinbeck & David Wyatt

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This strange, sweeping novel remains Steinbeck's most considered meditation on national and personal identity, 'the story of my country and the story of me'.
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A masterpiece of Biblical scope, and the magnum opus of one of America’s most enduring authors, in a commemorative hardcover edition
 
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 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.

The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a 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. Adapted for the 1955 film directed by Elia Kazan introducing James Dean, and read by thousands as the book that brought Oprah’s Book Club back, East of Eden has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.
 

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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.
 
Published February 5, 2002 by Penguin Classics. 620 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Education & Reference, History, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Oct 05 2011

Shock techniques applied with rapier and not bludgeon- will rule the book out for the tender- skinned. But John Steinbeck, the philosopher, dominates his material and brings it into sharply moral focus.

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Guardian

Good
on Dec 16 2000

This strange, sweeping novel remains Steinbeck's most considered meditation on national and personal identity, 'the story of my country and the story of me'.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Judith Handschuh on Feb 04 2002

It is one of his greatest novels, a saga about the meaning of life that encompasses the best and worst of what it means to be human.

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The Millions

Excellent
Reviewed by C. MAX MAGEE on Oct 31 2004

I’ve crossed another classic off of my “to read” list, and boy am I happy I read this one. This was pure satisfaction from start to finish. John Steinbeck’s East of Eden is an amazing book that embodies the intersection of literary weightiness and readability.

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Above average
Reviewed by Annette on Jul 25 2013

The author does not try and put sweet icing on his characters so that they are sweet to digest. He shares the good, bad, and ugly of human nature.

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