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East of Eden

Mr John Steinbeck


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Considered by Steinbeck as his magnum opus, this magistral work traces the history of two families having settled in the Salinas Valley, California at the beginning of the 20th century. In its genealogical tracings of fraught family dynamics and explorations of intergenerational emotional turbulence, the novel is steeped in significant biblical allusions, and poses significant questions on free will and determinism, love, and decadence. In addition to the brilliant studies in character and beautiful prose, the strong thematic through-lines of the novel highlight Steinbeck's mastery of his craft as he weaves the narrative into an intricate and devastating tapestry well deserving of its place in the canon of American literary classics.

California's fertile Salinas Valley is home to two families whose destinies are fruitfully, and fatally, intertwined. Over the generations, between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of the First World War, the Trasks and the Hamiltons will helplessly replay the fall of Adam and Eve and the murderous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

East of Eden was considered by Steinbeck to be his magnum opus, and its epic scope and memorable characters, exploring universal themes of love and identity, ensure it remains one of America's most enduring novels. This edition features a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 06 Jul 2017
Dimensions: 112 x 179 x 48 mm
ISBN: 9780241980354