Steinbeck Centennial East Of Eden Paperback – Feb 7 2002
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"A novel planned on the grandest possible scale...One of those occasions when a writer has aimed high and then summoned every ounce of energy, talent, seriousness, and passion of which he was capable...It is an entirely interesting and impressive book."
—The New York Herald Tribune
"A fantasia and myth...a strange and original work of art."
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"A moving, crying pageant with wilderness strengths."
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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.See all Product Description
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in reading it.
As well as the antagonistic dynamic between Adam and Charles Trask, and reproduced in Adam’s sons Cal and Aron, there is the troublesome relationship between Adam and his wife Cathy. When Samuel Hamilton, another of the key characters in East of Eden, first meets Cathy he experiences great revulsion. Steinbeck's description of Cathy -- as someone who is missing something essential in her soul -- when he introduces her into the novel is an absolute masterpiece. All of which enhances the sense of the great depth of Steinbeck's classic.
There is an interesting monologue central to "East of Eden" in which Lee (Adam Trask's Chinese cook, and ultimately his confidante and mentor) describes how a group of Chinese Buddhist scholars spend two years studying the story of Cain and Abel and conclude that Christians have misinterpreted the Biblical story. Their interpretation: Cain had a choice. Maybe that is as much as we can realistically hope for, that people strive to make the right choices.
This is a difficult read because of seriousness of the issues raised, but also richly rewarding.
No tricks, no overly clever plot-twists or wordplays, this is just a straight-ahead, old-fashioned, fascinating story about the greatest biblical theme of them all: people's struggle with good and evil. But that's not all. It's so much more than that. [Ok, nerdy confession time:] I drew up a list of all the great themes "East of Eden" covers but have since scrapped it because Steinbeck does precisely that in the book's appropriately humble epigraph, delivered as a simple letter to a dear friend:
You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said, 'Why don't you make something for me?'
I asked you what you wanted, and you said, 'A box.'
'To put things in.'
'Whatever you have,' you said.
Well, here's your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts - the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.
And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you.
And still the box is not full.
What more need be said?
-Probably Because I Have To
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My son recommended my reading of EOE. He had read it and had been thoroughly taken up by the story and the issues that were raised. Read morePublished 12 months ago by SnowPharoah
I think it might be one I got a few years ago but cannot find, I will know once I start reading it again, I will know for sure.Published 22 months ago by frances poirier
Every person should read this - doesn't matter who your favorite authors are, you will like this. And it should be a graduation present for every kid coming out of high school if... Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2014 by Brett Matthews
I'm still reading this book and thoroughly enjoying the story. It took me awhile to get use to John Steinbeck's style of writing but he's up there with my favourites now.Published on Aug. 22 2013 by Gary Miller