A beautifully written multi-generational story involving deep personal and interpersonal relationships. You are never left out of the characters mind or thought process, making the book highly relatable and easily accessible to the casual reader. East of Eden is daunting, just by sheer volume, but once began it is easy to see Steinbeck has used simple language to create a classic that delves into the human psyche.
This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. "A strange and original work of art".--New York Times Book Review.