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Title:East of Eden
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Publisher:Penguin Books
ISBN:0142000655
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Number of Pages:601
Category:Classics, Fiction, Historical fiction, Literature

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC East of Eden 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 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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Raised on a ranch in northern California Jody is well schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher s life He is used to the way of horses too but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan a hot tempered pony his father gives him With Billy Buck the hired hand Jody tends and trains his horse restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan s saddle But when Gabilan falls ill Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and particularly the ways of man, Ethan Allen Hawley the protagonist of Steinbeck s last novel works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island s aristocratic class his wife is restless and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide Then one day in a moment of moral crisis Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards br br Set in Steinbeck s contemporary America the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty that today ranks it alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition This edition features an introduction and notes by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw, First published in Steinbeck s Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family the Joads driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision elemental yet plainspoken tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity br br A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless of one man s fierce reaction to injustice and of one woman s stoical strength the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes the very nature of equality and justice in America br br Sensitive to fascist and communist criticism Steinbeck insisted that The Battle Hymn of the Republic be printed in its entirety in the first edition of the book which takes its title from the first verse He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored As Don DeLillo has claimed Steinbeck shaped a geography of conscience with this novel where there is something at stake in every sentence Beyond that for emotional urgency evocative power sustained impact prophetic reach and continued controversy i The Grapes of Wrath i is perhaps the most American of American classics, Like his father and grandfather before him Kino is a poor diver gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the kings of Spain and now provide Kino Juana and their infant son with meager subsistence Then on a day like any other Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull s egg as perfect as the moon With the pearl comes hope the promise of comfort and of security br br A story of classic simplicity based on a Mexican folk tale i The Pearl i explores the secrets of man s nature greed the darkest depths of evil and the luminous possibilities of love