This is my all time favorite books. I read it before Oprah got big on it. But there's something about all of the charactes that reaches out to me. The classic good vs evil and the unusual relationships between mother & son, father & son, brother & brother.
This is probably my favorite book of all time. The character of Cathy has stuck with me years after reading it.
AFTER graduating from university I decided to become a reader, never having been one by choice. I figured I would pick the thickest book on the shelf and it turned out to be Steinbeck. It was the first book I had read that dealt with people and the way they think without judging (Although it's been a while). Two different stories are here, one of which takes place in my hometown of Salinas.
I would say that the book to me was how the Bible plays out in the real world, comparing with the stories from the Holy book that I have read and heard. I had picked up the book on advice from a TV show, and incidentally it turned out to be good advice for once, as it was the first time that I came across something that had a story without having one, a critique on society without being one, a story of sibling rivalry and so much more that it overwhelms me simply to think of the book, making the hair on my back stand.
bought this book as gift for my brother. i knew it would be worth buying, Oprah's Book Club said so. I've read it and will read it again soon. This is for keeps.
I tried to read this but just could not get through it no matter how I tried; I do love most of his other books though, this one just didn't do it for me.
I had the same feeling the first time I tried to read the book. I sometimes I find that my frame of mind at the time I read a book makes a big difference. I went back to the book and read it straight through and it is now one of my all time favorites.
When you get to the end you really realize that the book was epic because it followed so many people's lives...I do hope that you'll give it another try...Cheers!
the story definately takes a while to pick up, but once it gets going you become very intrigued with all the characters' ways of thinking and the philosophy that you want to see how it all ends. It appears to me that it's one of those books where everything has to fall apart in order for the story to come together.
Truly one of my most favorite books of all time. I love the way the story builds and builds. I came to love the story even more after I visited Salinas, CA., the hometown of Steinbeck. You really get an even better sense of the people in the book because you get a better sense of the lay of the land....even to the point of being able to take the same walk that Kate takes to the bank everyday...It is such a great story of good and evil, though I don't always feel that Kate is that horrible. In many ways I respect her, though her choices are not the ones that I might make.
When I first read this book I was only 16 and I read the translation in Persian.at that time I couldn't do nothing but reading until the end.I remember I didn't do any of my home works!I was mesmerized by it.And now after nearly 12 years I read it again ,this time in English version.I believe you can never really feel the truth of a novel unless you read it in the language it has been written.This time it was breathtaking.Although English is not my mother tongue I could not waste the time looking for a word in dictionary !and I'm sure I will read it again and again and again!
i oove this bopok ... but thn again i love everything by this man1!
One great book. It may make you angry or make you cry, maybe both. It also gives a background into Steinbeck's family and area where he grew up. Not new, but never out of touch with humanity.
What a paradox, eden at east .......... but not last? !
Everything is perspective.
it's a touching historic story book...meaningful sentense come at the end when he looked back to his life..
I love this book - I dont know whether any of you get a sort of aura when you read a book ( its kinda hard to explain ) but when I read East of Eden I read it in a kind of sunsetty glow - warm and comforting - if that makes sense lol
I do too - although East of Eden is my favourite Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath are up there - I am not as keen on Cannery row but its still a good read
I read this book years ago and is one of my very favorites to this day
I have read reviews on this website, Amazon and others saying what a dark book this was. I didn't find it dark at all. I found it true and real, but wonderfully hopeful, comforting and inspiring. Timshel says it all.
MEHDI KASHANI [email@example.com] wrote:
] ORIGIN OF MAN
] A little girl asked her mother: How did the human
] race get here?
] The mother answered : God made Adam and Eve and
] they had children and so was all mankind made.
] Two days later she asks her father the same
] The father answered : Many years ago there were
] monkeys who came down out of the trees. They
] started to walk on their back legs, made tools and
] fire and eventually turned into mankind.
] The confused girl returns to her mother and says :
] Momma, why is it that you told me that the human
] race was created by God and Papa says they came
] from monkeys.
] The mother answers : Well dear, it is very simple.
] I told you about the origin of my side of the
] family while your father told you about his side.
] To really comprehend this joke you should have read the following book!
In this magnificent book John S. says again: "A man is nasty, a man is amiable and I love them all".
It is one of the most profound books one can find outside what considered religious texts, and one of the best of the writer. Perhaps it is not easy to film - at any rate the film based on Grapes of Wrath is just as impressive, just as profound, and portrayal by Henry Fonda is great in the Indian (not just American) sense of the word (Indian is not native American - that latter should be changed to real American); but East of Eden is much better read, and more than once. it needs reading when one has time to mull over, even if it is only the time one spends commuting, or even better during vacation.
How can i get to read this this book?
It's a classic, in any local library.
This is a must read. They are not an easy read and Steinbeck provokes thought, debate on the best of man and the worst. Grapes of Wrath is one of my all time favourites as it tells the true story of poor, farming, white Americans in a time of turmoil. Their relationship with each other and their coloured workers. persevere, it is worth it.
East of Eden is a very well written book. It deserves being called a classic. However, the woman, the main character, the mother of the twin boys, literally gave me the creeps. I really felt afraid of a fictional character for the first time in my live. I could never reread the book. I never want to see the film.
Although the movie was great, it only dents the surface of the whole story. It is a must read, if you like to read about human nature, the evil, the goodness, the sadness, and the errors made in life.
Although Steinbeck portrays Cathy as a near-inhuman creature of seemingly inherent evil, the idea of timshel implies that she has the power to choose her own path. Is Cathy born a moral monster, or does she become one of her own accord? What elements of Cathy’s character or episodes from the novel lead you to your conclusion? :D
(may contain spoilers)
1. Do we have a choice? Or is it all laid out when we’re born?
2. Who was your favorite character?
3. What “turn-of-the-century” items did you see?
(horse to car, wooden ovens, hats, beans, WWI, road sweeper…)
4. Have you ever known anyone like Catherine?
5. Do you understand why Lee speaks in pidgin?
6. What lesson does Adam learn that frees him from Kate and allows him to love his sons?
7. Why does Lee choose to stay with the Trasks instead of following his dream?
8. How did Cal punish himself? Have you ever?
9. Did Kate have any good in her? Does Steinbeck allow any trace of humanity in her?
10. It was continually implied that Aron was “good.” Did you see this in his actions?
Are all the “A” characters purely good, and the “C” characters evil?
Is it true that good an evil are truly separate?
11. What did Lee feel for Aron? Was Lee closer to Abra than the boys?
12. John Steinbeck is a brief character in this semi-autobiographical novel. Discuss.
13. Adam says to Cal, “If you want to give me a present, give me a good life.”
Does Adam have a good life?
14. What constitutes true wealth in this novel? Discuss the varying views of money.
15. Why does Kate leave all her money to Aron?
16. Will Cal carry guilt the rest of his life? Or did Lee save him at the end?
How hopeful is the ending? What will Cal’s future hold?
1. I believe all human beings have a choice. Some people endowed by the sins of their parents and family could find it hard to overcome their own sinful inclinations. Although I don't practice a religion, I believe religious practices serve to guide people's morals.
2. My favorite character was Caleb. I felt he had one of the greatest struggles in the story with understanding himself as a normal, flawed human being. I especially enjoyed the part where he finally confronted Cathy and told her he didn't have to be like her.
3. Cell phones, ipads, facebook, and "yolo."
4. I've never known anyone completely evil. I know people that do things they probably shouldn't do, but that's just being a teenager, I guess. As an adult, evil may be more easy to come by. As an adult, I know now, from reading this book we all have a choice.
5. He talks in pidgin because everyone thinks as a Chinese man, he doesn't know much English.
6. Adam learns you can't let hate consume you. With hate inside you, you can't accept the love of others and become cold to the world.
7. Lee understands his importance to keeping the family together. He is a little bit stronger than Adam and supports Cal with overcoming his hatred and evil from being rejected by his father.
8. Cal tapped into his dark side by revealing to Aron the true identity of their mother. No.
9. No. Steinbeck utilizes Cathy's character as a symbol of evil. Her humanity is lost after not feeling the love of her parents. She becomes evil through her own self-hatred.
10. Cal actually attempted to do good by earning money by the selling beans to make up for the money Adam lost. Aron's actions were just a selfish scheme to block out the immorality of the world around him and inside him. At first I thought all the "C" characters were evil, but Cal proved that wrong when he made the choice to be good. Therefore good and evil reside in the human condition. Some people may just have more good than others.
16. Cal will no longer carry guilt in his life. Lee helped Cal understand that humans are all flawed. The ending really made the book for me when Adam whispers the word " timshel" and gives Cal his forgiveness. Cal can now have a happy and prosperous life without any evil strangling his soul.
Why do you think the biblical parallel is so significant throughout the entire novel?
This book contains some of the most profound ideas about good and evil and human nature I've read. I've never really studied the Bible, though I feel somehow this book has a similar importance to the world. I hope to own this book one day and reread and find passages I'll save forever.
something that i would like to know more about is Adam's brother, Charles. I thought he was more important to the story other than character building for Adam. He did have a share of their fathers fortune but when he passed he split it between Cathy and Adam. He didn't like Cathy at all and knew her nature so why did he even give her half?