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East of Eden
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
A masterpiece of Biblical scope, and the magnum opus of one of Americas most enduring authors, in a commemorative hardcover editionIn 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 familiesthe Trasks and the Hamiltonswhose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.The masterpiece of Steinbecks 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 Oprahs Book Club back, East of Eden has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.
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kplovesbooks
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Steinbeck status: on page 28 of 600. 😆 (I'll be reading this one slowly; it's not one to be rushed. I feel like I need to chew each sentence, to fully absorb it. And that's a good feeling for me right now. 😊) I'm also highlighting passages like crazy! This is a great example of how descriptive the book is. 🌼♥️

suvata GREAT book 1w
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kplovesbooks
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New book and a view for my lunchtime break today. 😍

5feet.of.fury Nothing better than an outside lunch break in the sun. I‘ll be really interested in your thoughts on this book! 1w
kplovesbooks @5feet.of.fury Exactly!! ♥️♥️ And I remember you quit this one. I'm finding it really interesting so far but I'm only on chapter 2. I think I like the way it's written though. 1w
5feet.of.fury @kplovesbooks people like it! It‘s why I put it on the list, I did end up feeling like I was just fighting myself to get through it. Me and classics haven‘t really been meshing though 😬 1w
kplovesbooks @5feet.of.fury I hear you. I don't tend to like what everyone else does either! I'm usually nervous starting a really popular book! 😆 1w
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Susanita
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This book is just over #600pages and is one I hope to read eventually. Though I haven‘t had much luck with his books to date…

I have a picture of this bust on Cannery Row from 1993, but I‘m too lazy to dig out my old camera chip and upload it to the laptop. This photo is courtesy of the Library of Congress website.

#bookmoods

Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 3w
DebinHawaii Definitely GMTA. I actually ended up liking it more than I expected to, but I was encouraged by the buddy read. 😉 2w
Teresereading I loved my visit to Cannery Row but I don't think I saw this 2w
DivineDiana East of Eden was a favorite read of mine! 2w
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HotMessJess
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Working on a chapter a day. Coffee, Deck views, happiness.

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5feet.of.fury
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A rare occurrence for me, but I am cutting my loses and bailing on this one. I‘m sure it pays off but I can‘t get through the copious rambling dialogue and the outright offensive descriptions of things. It has taken me 2 weeks to not get 200 pages in and I CANNOT fathom reading 400 more. I wanted to finish it because it‘s a classic, but who cares? Maybe I‘ll revisit when there aren‘t so many glorious tomes watching me suffer from the TBR shelf 🪦

CarolynM I made it through, but only because I was buddy reading. Too much telling and not enough showing. And the characters never had conversations, they made speeches. 3mo
5feet.of.fury @CarolynM agree. Prattling on endlessly 😂And what there is of conversation was already explained to the reader and didn‘t forward the plot in any capacity. 3mo
DaveGreen7777 That‘s exactly how I felt about Steinbeck‘s “The Grapes of Wrath” as well. A lot of people consider it a classic, but I just found it so plodding and meandering! 😴😴😴 3mo
5feet.of.fury @DaveGreen7777 I am glad I am not alone in this! 3mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Sitting outside with my multiple drinks and multiple books for the multiple facets of my personality 👯‍♀️

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5feet.of.fury
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I went to dinner and to see The Batman and then got home and was going to start reading this, but I really just took this picture and been scrolling 📱📵📖

KateReadsYA So relatable 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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My latest read in my new bookcase! I‘ve been meaning to read this for decade, finally got it done! Such an expansive, complex and American book, I didn‘t love it but I appreciated it and the place it holds in our history and literary culture. The characters are iconic, the writing exceptional and now I want to watch the classic movie with James Dean. #BookspinBingo #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks #20in4 @Andrew65 #MountTBR

Andrew65 One Steinbeck that I haven‘t read. 6mo
SayersLover Beautiful bookcase!! I‘m a tad bit jealous… @Julsmarshall 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
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Julsmarshall
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#currentlisten #BFC21 Trying to finish this 25 hour #audiobook before the end of the year. Halfway there, will take a lot of walking! #chunkster

SRWCF 25 hour?!?! 6mo
CuriousG That is a huge book and I love it, but don't know if I could have done it on audio. Good for you! 6mo
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paulfrankspencer
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It's still that good. If you've not read it, read it.

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paulfrankspencer
East of Eden | John Steinbeck

"Hate cannot live alone. It must have love as a trigger, a goad, or a stimulant."

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paulfrankspencer
East of Eden | John Steinbeck

"I guess no matter how weak and negative a good man is, he has as many sins on him as he can bear. I have enough sins to trouble me. Maybe they aren't very fine sins compared to some, but, the way I feel, they're all I can take care of. Please forgive me."

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paulfrankspencer
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"I know that sometimes a lie is used in kindness. I don't believe it ever works kindly. The quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost. That's a running sore."

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paulfrankspencer
East of Eden | John Steinbeck

"We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virute, is immortal. Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is."

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paulfrankspencer
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"You're a brave man," Lee said.

"No, I'm an old man. And if I should have anything on my conscience it won't be for long."

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paulfrankspencer
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"An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back a truth unacceptable to our times. There's a punishment for it, and it's usually crucifixion."

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paulfrankspencer
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"There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension."

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paulfrankspencer
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"There's a capacity for appetite that a whole heaven and earth of cake can't satisfy."

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paulfrankspencer
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"When two men live together they usually maintain a kind of shabby neatness out of incipient rage at each other."

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paulfrankspencer
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"A man so painfully in love is capable of self-torture beyond belief"

"There was a real fear mixed up in his love, and the precipitate from the mixing of these two is cruelty."

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paulfrankspencer
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"Eventlessness has no posts to drape duration on. From nothing to nothing is no time at all."

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paulfrankspencer
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"His conscience bridged him to his brother and did his pain for him the way at other times he had done his homework."

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paulfrankspencer
East of Eden | John Steinbeck

"She had a dour Presbyterian mind and a code of morals that pinned down and beat the brains out of nearly everything that was pleasant to do."

I've known one or two such Presbyterians.

paulfrankspencer "Liza had a finely developed sense of sin. Idleness was a sin, and card playing, which was a kind of idleness to her. She was suspicious of fun whether it involved dancing or singing or even laughter. She felt that people having fun were wide open to the devil. And this was a shame, for Samuel was a laughing man, but I guess Samuel was wide open to the devil. His wife protected him whenever she could." 7mo
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paulfrankspencer
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"You can boast about anything if it's all you have. Maybe the less you have, the more you are required to boast."

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Axe1la
East of Eden | John Steinbeck

"Now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good"

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Nikolavidovic
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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A great novel which speaks on the battle between good and evil that we, as humans, are each are entangled in. Highly recommend.

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Ncostell
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I am finally reading East of Eden which I have meant to do for many years. No time like the present, especially during Banned Books Week! #bannedbook

BookwormM One of my favourite books ever hope you enjoy 9mo
Ncostell @BookwormM Thank you! I am almost halfway through and can see why it is considered a classic. 9mo
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SamAnne
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Despite being a Steinbeck fan, I have never read East of Eden. Starting a buddy read with my neighbor.

Tamra Me too, a fan but never read EE. I may think I may have started the audio, but because it‘s so long I decided it would be easier to follow in print. (edited) 10mo
4thhouseontheleft East of Eden was the first Steinbeck I ever read! He was my favorite author in high school, but I haven‘t gone back to him in years. I was thinking of doing rereads (but Dickens is higher up my reread list) 10mo
SamAnne @4thhouseontheleft I want to reread Dickens too. Have been very tempted by the Litsy group but find myself participating in too many readalongs! Maybe in a couple months! 10mo
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DivineDiana One of my favorite books of all times! ❤️ 10mo
BookwormM Enjoy this is my fav Steinbeck 10mo
melissajayne That‘s such a good book! 10mo
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KateD1
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Currently reading
#classics

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JenlovesJT47
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When I start a book that I just KNOW is going to be great after the first 30-50 pages, I do one of two things: devour it as fast as possible, or savor it over many weeks. I took the latter approach with this one. After all, there‘s no time like the first time!

This book is a masterpiece. I don‘t know why I waited so long to read it. I‘ve always loved the movie but now I look at them as 2 totally separate things. Please, read this! 5⭐️

#classic

Cinfhen LOVED THIS BOOK!!! It was EXCELLENT 13mo
Jas16 One of my favorite books. 13mo
TheAromaofBooks I really need to read more Steinbeck! I've loved everything of his I've read, even if they do generally leave me all choked up. 13mo
AmyG A favorite, for sure. 13mo
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LauraBrook
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Just finished my weekly pages in East of Eden. I‘m at the halfway point. It‘s good, and not at all like I expected it to be. This is my first Steinbeck, and I‘m glad that it‘s easy reading. #deweysreadathon

AmyG This is a great book. 1y
Readerann I love Steinbeck (but not Hemingway- go figure). Hope you‘re still hanging in there! I‘m not sleepy but my eyes are bothering me, so I‘ll switch to audio for a while and hope for a visual recharge. 👀 1y
RachelAmphlett Loved this book - I much preferred it to The Grapes of Wrath. 1y
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LauraBrook @AmyG I had no idea it would be this good! 1y
LauraBrook @Readerann I hung in until 2am before I had to sleep. Heading over to yours now to see how you did! 1y
LauraBrook @RachelAmphlett I don‘t know if I could handle Grapes. I‘ve seen a stage adaptation and that was super depressing. Will have to have a think about it. 1y
AmyG Grapes of Wrath, to me, is history. The mico and the macro. I can only say, yes it‘s depressing but also very hopeful. 1y
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Beccacraft
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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This book is a beautiful and wonderful read that takes time and patience (the plot is not streamlined or linear) and is well worth the effort. It follows a plethora of characters that all intertwine and connect in some way, all of which have some impact on the reader in large and small ways, as they seek love, acceptance, identity, glory, worth, money, revenge, and passions.

CuriousG I have read this book at least 4 or 5 times, and each time I take away something a little bit different. 1y
Beccacraft I can see how that would happen! I will definitely read it again in the future. 1y
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Katherineteale
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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One of my favorites

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TheOracleOfKellphi
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Just finished East of Eden and realized that this book ends on a mic drop/“daaaaaaaaayum” moment. This is the pinnacle of Steinbeck—nay, American lit. (Sorry Sam Clemens.) You definitely need to have some patience with it since it doesn‘t necessarily have a super concrete plot. But man, is this ever the type of book that makes you pause after finishing it, hold it and its heft in two hands, stare at the cover and go, “...... Whoa.”

Curiouser_and_curiouser Awesome review! I am so looking forward to reading this book this year. I'm having problems with other books jumping in front at the moment. I know I will need to put aside some time and focus for this one. So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. 1y
SamAnne This one is on my list for 2021. I've read a lot of Steinbeck but weirdly, not East of Eden! 1y
TheOracleOfKellphi @Curiouser_and_curiouser & @SamAnne I thought it was going to be 600 pages of only dust bowl/landscape/early 20th century farmland Americana (but thought to give it a try just ‘cause, you know, Steinbeck). But it‘s the type of book that has so much momentum behind the character development that it just propels you through these slower parts. I really, really hope you enjoy it as much as I did :). 1y
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heylaurenmack
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About halfway through East of Eden. Did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I am. Steinbeck at peak Steinbeck perhaps. Might keep this one in the shelves.

UwannaPublishme Steinbeck! 🙌🏻 1y
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Rach-Reads
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Last six chapters are worth their weight in gold.

Nute Agree! Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 1y
Rach-Reads Thanks!! 1y
paulfrankspencer What format did you read the last 6 chapters in? I suspect that would affect the weight and value. 1y
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Bigcountry15
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This family saga was an excellent read about the nature of man. Steinbeck was a master of character development, and he did it best in this book. Steinbeck captures the essence of man's struggle to do well and rule over sin when it knocks on the door, especially when it comes to the strong emotions tied to family.

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Bigcountry15
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"The Salinas Valley is in Northern California."

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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paulfrankspencer
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#meetthelittens

1. Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2. East of Eden followed by Dracula
3. Lord of the Rings, but the McCarthy border trilogy is great.
4. The Prestige. The book? just ok.
5. Arrested Development or Futurama
6. The Oh Hellos and Tow'rs are my current favs (check out reviews on my blog www.bgfg77.com... I like lyrics)
7. Grey. Yep, grey.
8. Literary Fiction
9. Dick's Sporting Goods & By Grace For Glory Publishing (#writtenbyalitten)
10. Nopers

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TheOracleOfKellphi
East of Eden | John Steinbeck

Hate cannot live alone. It must have love as a trigger, a goad, or a stimulant.

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TheOracleOfKellphi
East of Eden | John Steinbeck

Once Adam had remarked on the quiet splendor of Lee‘s clothes, and Lee had grinned at him. “I have to do it,” he said. “One must be very rich to dress as badly as you do. The poor are forced to dress well.”

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TheOracleOfKellphi
East of Eden | John Steinbeck

I know that sometimes a lie is used in kindness. I don‘t believe it ever works kindly. The quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost.

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TheOracleOfKellphi
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The kind of book that you can revisit at many stages in your life, and you‘ll take away something new from it each time.

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TheOracleOfKellphi
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We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.

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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/GG-nhO3nQfk

Enjoy!

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heylaurenmack
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You can boast about anything if it‘s all you have. Maybe the less you have, the more you are required to boast.

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eeclayton
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“You see, there's a responsibility in being a person. It's more than just taking up space where air would be.” ― John Steinbeck

#thoughtprovokingthursday @BayouGirl85
Thanks for the tag @EadieB ❤️

BayouGirl85 💜 2y
EadieB You‘re welcome! Thanks for playing! 2y
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anushareflects
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Steinbeck has certainly given his all to one of his most renowned books. East of Eden is ambitious and incredibly descriptive. His character portrayals are fantastic and he plays out a contemporary version of the stories of the Garden of Eden and Cain and Abel. The prose and geographic descriptions of Salinas too are thoroughly enjoyable. He questions identity, and love, about how they manifest in people or why they don‘t. I recommend.

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