East of Eden

by John steinbeck



East of Eden by John Steinbeck. First edition (1952). First impression. Medium format hardback in very good condition. There are stamp marks to the front endpage and the title page. Some shelf wear to boards. General wear and loss to dust jacket, especially the spine, there is a closed tear to the front too. now in removable protective sleeve. 

About East of Eden

'There is only one book to a man' Steinbeck wrote of East of Eden. Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, also often brutal novel, follows the intertwined destinies of two families. The Trasks and the Hamiltons, whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve as well as the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and also explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.

East of Eden, John Steinbeck’s passionate and exhilarating epic, re-creates the seminal stories of Genesis through the intertwined lives of two American families. The result is a purely American saga set in Steinbeck’s own childhood home, the Salinas Valley of northern California. The valley is a new world both idyllic and harsh, and Steinbeck sings to it with a personal nostalgia that is clouded by the knowledge that this valley - as all human dwellings - is the location for as much tragedy as triumph.

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