I really liked this book. It spans a few generations of two families and is a page-turner. Very nice family story. Although a novel, it is mainly set in the author's birthplace/hometown. He is a character in the novel as a child but is the adult narrating the story in his own voice. This book is also a movie.
The best of the Steinbeck novels in my opinion. A beautiful saga about the life of two brothers, so different yet so connected. The writing is rich, complex, and captivating. A true literary classic in every sense.
This was a great book overall. John Steinbeck has a wonderful ability to describe things; makes you feel you are there seeing things with your own eyes. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and was saddened when they were not part of the story anymore (they went away or they died). There are some parts (just a few small ones) that dragged for me, as I am not a fan of war descriptions and this book has some of that toward the end. But overall, a great book. It's one of those books you wish didn't end.
I loved East of Eden, a great epic family drama.
I picked this book up with some trepidation, as his earlier works--Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath--are not among my favorites. I was hugely and pleasantly surprised. This book spans the story of several generations of two families and explores broad and unfathomable themes--ultimate evil, sibling rivalry at extreme levels---and climaxes by having asked the unanswerable question of whether man indeed has a choice as to his nature. Truly a work of great literature with staying power, this is a powerful and engrossing read.
one of my alltime favorite novels
book was good if a little long and in parts simplistic
anything by John Steinbeck is good!
An epic novel set in the Salinas Valley of California written in 1952,
which traces the sometimes-intertwined lives of the Trask family and the Hamilton families. The Hamilton side was based on Steinbeck's family. The Trask side is an allegory based on the biblical story of Adam and Eve and their sons. Adam Trask's two sons, Cal and Aaron are loosely reminiscent of Cain and Abel.
The character study is stellar. Individuals struggle with good and evil within themselves and most grow as a result. "I have wondered why it is that some people are less affected and torn by the verities of life and death than other's." The intricacies of the relationships and the mesmirizing affect of one person on the other is masterful.
No wonder Steinbeck considered this his masterpiece.
Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont
This book is a wonderful epic of an American family, with secrets and turmoil and values. Worth the read, especially if can relate to the family.