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East of Eden

East of Eden

Author(s): John Steinbeck

Location(s): Salinas Valley

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Mid 19th Century onwards



Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, often brutal novel, follows the intertwined destinies of two families – the Trasks and the Hamiltons – whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity: the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.

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‘A fantasia of history and myth … a strange and original work of art’ The New York Times Book Review

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