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Reviews of East of Eden (1952)

Review by katiejo123 (2009-02-21)
probably the best book I've ever read. Absolutly amazing! At first it seems like it's going to be long but once you get past the first chapter it is almost impossible to put down. A must read no doubt. and Please, if you are atheist, get past your atheist bias and just read the book for the great work it is. I'm sick of reading people being bias about books based on there religious affiliations. Sorry there's my rant, but if u only read one book in your life make it this one. You won't regret it.10/10

Review by ferox242 (2007-06-26)
Although Steinbeck is usually known for his classic The Grapes of Wrath, his lesser known East of Eden is by far his best book, in my opinion. The characters are so well developed you can see them in your mind, understand why they make certain choices, and like it or not, you become thoroughly invested with each and every character. He describes the landscapes, settings, and each individual place with such perfectly described details that you feel like you’re there with the characters experiencing the same things they are. Steinbeck noted that East of Eden was “The big one as far as I'm concerned. Always before I held something back for later. Nothing is held back here.” ( This is very apparent when you read this epic novel and become so involved with the story you find it hard to put it down night after night. I first read this book in November of 2003 and since then I have recommended it to many people, and not a single person has ever been disappointed. Hopefully you will find the same thing.

Review by hammer587 (2004-01-15)
One of the best and most suberbly crafted books I've ever read. If you are aware of the people around you in your everyday lives you'll find many of them in the characters. I had to read with a pen near me because sometimes I couldn't go on reading without underlining something fantastic. Steinbeck said this was his first real book, the book he's been writing all his life to be able to write. It's a story about Good and Evil but more importantly it is a story about human nature. He wrote the book with the intention of making it available to readers of all ages and skill levels, and so is accesible to just about everyone. ... While writing the first draft of East of Eden he 'warmed up' by writing a letter to a friend about it - this is collected and published "A Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters" - if you are interested in the mind of 'John Steinbeck the writer'.

Review by zylah (2003-09-24)
I must say I was plesantly surprised by this book, I normally don't read ouside the SF genre but thought I would give this book a try. The scenery is quite moving and the characters very real. I would suggest that everyone give this book a go.

Review by shigamoto (2003-06-08)
Maybe one of the best books I have read. As mentioned before the book is very moving. You get to follow two families and their life in the Salinas Valley. The book could be hard to digest for some people, but definitly worth while.

Review by Jago360 (2003-03-09)
One of the most descriptive, true to life, and moving books I've ever had the privilage of reading. Steinbeck is at his best here, with the tragic (and sometimes joyous) story of two families. Almost a remake of the Cain and Abel story, but it goes beyond, far beyond, to portray achingly real characters and settings. Takes some time to get through, but it's well worth it: "Eden" even surpasses Steinbeck's excellent "Grapes of Wrath."

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