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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Cruised through this classic while on vacation, it was heart crushing and so lovely. Also probably the most picturesque background for a book pic ever! 😂 #classic #Steinbeck #eastofeden #grandtetons

julesG Great picture, indeed! 7mo
dgingo Gorgeous backdrop! 7mo
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I loved peeking into Steinbeck‘s personal diary(never revised or meant for publication)to learn what was going on in his head while writing East of Eden! This book is pure candy for anyone who read #EOE or wants a private glimpse into the author‘s creative process. Steinbeck kept his manuscript in the wooden box(above)that he hand carved with the Hebrew letters for the word “timshel.” Can‘t wait for our #buddyread discussion tomorrow!

catebutler Oh! This sounds excellent! I loved EOE, so I‘d love to learn more about the backstory. 8mo
Cinfhen I thought the tidbits you shared really added an extra layer of insight to our discussions!! Thank you 🤓👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
batsy Yes, thanks for sharing bits from the book as you read! 8mo
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UwannaPublishme @catebutler There is definitely some juicy trivia about EOE. Plus intriguing details about his writing and personal life. 👍🏻 8mo
UwannaPublishme @Cinfhen Thanks for inspiring me to read it. Your buddy read got me hooked on Steinbeck. Next up is his son‘s book. 🤔 8mo
UwannaPublishme @batsy And thank you for all your insights! 🤗🤗🤗 8mo
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#EOE trivia: Steinbeck wrote EOE-after a bitter divorce-for his 2 sons who went to live with their mother. He wanted to teach them the “greatest story of all: of good & evil, strength & weakness, love & hate, beauty & ugliness.” “How neither can exist without the other and how creativeness is born from them.” He also wanted his sons to learn the quality of their heritage and get to know their family so these stories wouldn‘t be forgotten. 👇🏻

UwannaPublishme Steinbeck pictured here with his sons Thom and John IV during the summer of 1951. Both sons became authors and journalists. (Photo from his bio: The True Adventures of John Steinbeck, writer) 8mo
UwannaPublishme @Cinfhen Lots of juicy background details in these EOE letters! 8mo
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mrp27 Thanks for the tag @Cinfhen I'm totally fascinated! 8mo
mrp27 Thanks for sharing @UwannaPublishme sheds new light to the book. 8mo
DebinHawaii So interesting! Thank you for the info @UwannaPublishme & for the tag @Cinfhen 🤗 8mo
Marina_h Thanks for sharing @UwannaPublishme and the tag @Cinfhen . Great background knowledge... I definitely see some of the bitter divorce shinning through in this story and what he's trying to teach his sons 8mo
Kalalalatja So interesting! 8mo
sisilia Fascinating 8mo
Blaire Thanks for the tag @cinfhen. @uwannapublishme fascinating background to keep in mind while reading. 8mo
UwannaPublishme @Cinfhen Thx for tagging everyone! These letters are very raw and revealing since JS is writing them to his editor. I‘m trying to catch up on his journal so I can read it simultaneously with the book. Will keep you posted when he gets to Cathy. 😳 8mo
batsy That is fascinating and thanks for sharing and for the tag @Cinfhen ! The bitter undertones of a failed marriage kind of haunt the novel. Interesting also because I felt there was a certain section in Part 2 that felt very didactic about the Bible and the nature of good and evil so it makes sense that he was writing it for his sons. 8mo
emilyhaldi So interesting 🤓 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for sharing, very interesting. Thanks for the tag @Cinfhen 8mo
Cinfhen I agree with all of you!! This brings a new level of interest to the story but now I know this narrator is FAR from objective @Marina_h @DebinHawaii @mrp27 @Kalalalatja @sisilia @Blaire @batsy @emilyhaldi @erzascarletbookgasm 8mo
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen @UwannaPublishme This sounds fascinating! A great complement to the novel. Can I read them concurrently, or are there spoilers in the letters? 8mo
UwannaPublishme @rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen I‘d highly recommend it, especially if you want to get into Steinbeck‘s head, learn about his quirks, home life, writing habits and inside thoughts on these characters. He wrote this diary of notes to his editor as a warm-up before his daily writing of the novel. I‘m reading it concurrently and so far, no spoilers. I‘m loving it! 8mo
Cinfhen Really good insight!! Is Cathy meant to be the ex wife ??? 8mo
UwannaPublishme @Cinfhen In his bio, 2nd ex-wife told JS she hadn‘t loved him for years and had been unfaithful to him for years. He said: “She killed my love for her with little cruelties.” Cathy could be a compilation of people JS knew, but I‘d say some traits of the ex are definitely in there! 8mo
UwannaPublishme @rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen Uh-oh. I‘ve been reading more of the Journal this morning and there ARE spoilers. 😩 He‘s jumping around a bit and it seems the first draft was edited and rewritten quite a bit. Still fascinating material! 8mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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You must not expect to find that people understand what they do. #musings #eastofeden #steinbeck #thoughts

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WorldsOkayestStepMom One of my most favorite books of all time! 💖 11mo
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nehawadhwa @WorldsOkayestStepMom I am only on chapter 5 and I can already see why everyone loves this book.😍 11mo
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Fourth of July | Mary Lindeen
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What I‘m Reading:
For my #yearsofmylife read: #BridgeOvertheRiverKwai; #ExcellentWomen (a reread); #EastofEden (a reread), all published in 1952. On my Kindle, #City by Clifford Simak, also published in 1952 was a DNF. Also on Kindle I‘m reading the next #Poldark. #Sorry is for the traveling book club markup. I use Libby on my iPad, and there I‘m reading #TheAnimalGazer. #TerminalBeach is just because. Anyone else read by multiples?

Leftcoastzen Cool idea ! I am going to look into my birth year selections.#TBRmountain 2y
arubabookwoman @Leftcoasten I started in January with the year I was born 1950. So far I‘ve cleared the #TBRMountain of books published in 1950 and 1951. Hope to finish ‘52 in July and move on to ‘53. The goal is to finish before I die, but somehow that seems unlikely. 🤩 I can always dream! 2y
SledgeReader Woohoo! Love to see #ExcellentWomen getting some love!! 2y
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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“But ‘Thou mayest!‘ Why, that makes a man great, that gives him stature with the gods,for in his weakness and his filth and his murder of his brother he still has a great choice. He can choose his course and fight it through and win.”
#johnsteinbeck #eastofeden #favoriteboo

BooknerdsLife Can't wait to read this beauty! 😍 2y
Nanceikins @BooknerdsLife it‘s such a wonderful book! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 2y
BooknerdsLife @Nanceikins Thank you! I do love his writing in the two books I've read, so I'm really excited about this 😀 2y
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Love #JohnSteinbeck's writing style & I've been wanting to read #EastOfEden for a long time! Finally got this gorgeous edition. I can't wait to start on this! Love this #PenguinOrangeCollection #penguinclassics #newbook #bookhaul #lovebook #lovereading #bookworm #bookaddict

SilversReviews Pretty photo. 2y
BooknerdsLife @SilversReviews aww thank you :) x 2y
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Reviewsbylola I loved this!! 2y
BkClubCare Great book. (And don‘t bother with the movie, imo.) 2y
overtheedge I just finished this incredible book. I hope you love it as much as I did!!. 2y
BooknerdsLife @BkClubCare @Reviewsbylola Awww now I'm very excited about it! 🤗 Haha no worries! I didn't even know there's a movie adaptation😅 I guess Books are Always Better! 😉 2y
BooknerdsLife @overtheedge I'm super excited about it! Thank you! I hope so too 😊 2y
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Anyone else blown away by #Steinbeck after reading this? Holy family drama! If you think Amy from Gone Girl was bad, wait till you meet Cathy. 😳

I recently moved back to #California and have become kind of fascinated with Steinbeck‘s life and writings about California. Visited the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Also went to Monterey. It‘s a beautiful area, if you‘ve never been.

#eastofeden #fiction #classiclit #americanlit #literature

SheReadsAndWrites I live in Northern CA and a few years ago we visited Monterey and I read Steinbeck the whole time. So perfect. ❤️🤓 2y
YouReadMyEyes @SheReadsAndWrites That is so awesome 😎 I ❤️ NorCal. I‘m from Eureka originally, but I live in Sacramento now. 2y
SheReadsAndWrites I live in Sacramento too! 😃 2y
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SheReadsAndWrites I‘m originally from Colorado but we moved here about 17 years ago for my husband‘s work. 2y
nluev Monterey is beautiful but freezing most of the time! I‘m still not used to it 😂 did you visit Cannery Row? They have a mini walkthrough museum with some of their history. It‘s pretty neat! 2y
MiyakoBunny Steinbeck is my ultimate ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Ms_T Yep, it blew me away too. 2y
YouReadMyEyes @nluev Yes, Cannery Row was fun. Lol yeah it was a bit cold when we were there. 2y
YouReadMyEyes @SheReadsAndWrites Nice, we moved here for my husband‘s job as well. I‘ve met a few others on here from Sac. Maybe one day I‘ll try and organize a meetup! 2y
SheReadsAndWrites That would be fun 😊 2y
Becker Love all things Steinbeck ❤️ 2y
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Time for the bookish discussion question of the day 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! Here it is: Who is the most vile literary villain? #BookTalk

YouReadMyEyes I think Cathy/Kate from #EastofEden - she is the definition of sociopath. 2y
AmberWB Dolores Umbridge. 2y
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JoRead Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series 2y
breemariegarcia I third Dolores Umbridge. She‘s so vile that I dread even getting near the fifth book. 2y
BookDame Jonathan Randall from Outlander. 2y
DGRachel Yep. I vote for Umbridge, too. 2y
jpmcwisemorgan Dolores Umbridge. Everyone wants it to be Voldemort but Umbridge is far worse because she‘s real - there are people just like her, you may even know someone. They might not have a magical quill that draws blood but they‘re nasty, hateful, all the adjectives you can think of. 2y
Pamwurtzler Another vote for Umbridge 2y
dsfisher Dolores Umbridge was one of the first to pop in my head. And the ghastly serial killer in Sandford‘s Eyes of Prey. 2y
LA_Mead Umbridge for sure! 2y
rubyslippersreads Mr. Brocklehurst 2y
MamaGina I second Black Jack Randall from 2y
LisaJo Everyone‘s choices are truly sinister. I would like to throw Randall Flag into the mix. Goes by a few names. Is a character in many books. Evil in them all. 2y
AndreaReads @LisaJo TOTALLY agree with Randall Flagg! Absolutely! And Dolores Umbridge--she is total evil in a whole other sense. (edited) 2y
ThePurpleSponge I second @YouReadMyEyes with Cathy/Kate - she's despicable! And of course Delores Umbridge. 2y
RainyDayReading Definitely Dolores Umbridge 2y
CherryPie Judge Holden, Blood Meridian. 2y
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I didn't know that for two of his novels John Steinbeck wrote a side-by-side epistolary journal to his friend/editor of his writing process and progress.

MiyakoBunny ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
DivineDiana That is an amazing fact! 2y
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