East of Eden

East of Eden

By John Steinbeck

  • Release Date: 2002-02-05
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4.5
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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.


  • Great read with a great ending

    By NikoEf
    Cons: an overly developed and overly Satanized character which could have been developed and done with in 1/12th of the time... I basically stopped reading this book 3 times because I was disturbed, and give one star off because the character was perhaps overdone. Overall great read and an interesting take on original sin, and overcoming fate/hardships
  • East of Eden

    By David Mariani
    I read it 40 years ago... It is a classic. I needed to age to appreciate the brilliance of the writing. David W. Mariani
  • Book

    By B.Brooding
    This is one of my favourite books! At the beginning I was to sure about it but once you start reading more you can't put it down!
  • A Great Classic

    By Dwardeng
    East of Eden is a 20th century masterpiece. Steinbeck uses his characters and background to create a realistic portrayal of human struggle. Sometimes brutal, sometimes hopeful, it's a broad, deep, sprawling epic.
  • Love This Book

    By Aurihunter
    One of my absolute favs
  • Great.Book.

    By Lacey D.J.
    Now I read this book starting October of my eighth grade year (I am a rising ninth grader)and it has shaped my subconscious and affected my life to an undescribable magnitude. I watched the movie and immediately descended upon the school library to scope it out (I honsestly do not think that anyone checked out that book before since it looked so fresh and virginal). I was shocked that every character connected to my soul, from Cal to Lee to Adam. I will never forget this book, for it sits peacefully in the back of my mind for futher reference.
  • Phenomenal!

    By Tweedle D.
    Steinbeck takes history and makes it his own.
  • Holy pulitzer Batman

    By newbreedcp.org
    This book deserved the Pulitzer. Best novel I've ever read.
  • Steinbeck's greatest work

    By Dylan945
    Excellent book and the formatting is just fine for Ipad
  • Depth

    By Jawbone54
    East of Eden became my favorite book when I read it as a late teenager, but my appreciation grows each time I return to its brilliance. Every reader should be able to identify with its premise, which reminds us that we all are ultimately responsible for our path in life. Opportunity awaits, regardless of supposition.