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East of Eden by John Steinbeck. download the eBook Price: Choose Store. Skip this list. Ratings and Book Reviews 5 77 star ratings 5 reviews. Overall rating 4. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Report as inappropriate. It is by far the best book I have read I'm sure you've heard of this book. Often touted as one of the "greatest novels of all time" or "books you must read before you die".
For some reason, I've been putting it off. But I've been missing out. A closer look should have told me that. Because I love family sagas.
Epic, multi-generational tales filled with rich characterization and plenty of drama. The House of the Spirits is a great example. These books really pull me into the characters' lives. Meanwhile, Cathy has become a prostitute at the most respectable brothel in the city of Salinas. She renames herself "Kate" and embarks on a devious — and successful — plan to ingratiate herself with the owner, murder her, and inherit the business.
She makes her new brothel infamous as a den of sexual sadism. After Charles dies of natural causes, Adam goes to see her to give her money Charles left her. Kate renounces him and the entire human race, and shows him pictures of the brothel's customers, all pillars of the community. Adam finally sees her for who she is, and pities her. Adam's sons, Caleb "Cal" and Aron — echoing Cain and Abel — grow up oblivious of their mother's situation.
At a very early age, Aron meets a girl, Abra Bacon, who is from a well-to-do family, and the two fall in love. Although there are rumors around town that Cal and Aron's mother is not dead but is actually still in Salinas, the boys do not yet know that she is Kate. Samuel finally passes away of old age and is mourned by the entire town.
Inspired by Samuel's inventiveness, Adam starts an ill-fated business venture and loses almost all of the family fortune.
The boys, particularly Aron, are horrified that their father is now the town laughingstock.
As the boys reach the end of their school days, Cal decides to pursue a career in farming and Aron goes to college to become an Episcopal priest. Cal, restless and tortured by guilt about his very human failings, shuns everyone around him and takes to wandering around town late at night. During one of these ramblings, he discovers that his mother is alive and the madam of a brothel. Cal decides to "download his father's love" by going into business with Samuel's son Will, who is now a successful automobile dealer.
Cal's plan is to make his father's money back, capitalizing on World War I by selling beans grown in the Salinas Valley to nations in Europe for a considerable premium.
Aron returns from Stanford for the holiday. There is tension in the air, because Aron has not yet told their father that he intends to drop out of college. Rather than let Aron steal the moment, Cal gives Adam the money at dinner, expecting his father to be proud of him.
Adam refuses to accept it, however, and tells Cal to give it back to the poor farmers he exploited. Adam explains by saying, I would have been so happy if you could have given me — well, what your brother has — pride in the thing he's doing, gladness in his progress.
Money, even clean money, doesn't stack up with that. Sure enough, Aron immediately sees Kate for who she is, and recoils from her in disgust. Wracked with self-hatred, Kate signs her estate over to Aron and commits suicide. Aron, his idealistic worldview shattered, enlists in the army to fight in World War I. He is killed in battle in the last year of the war, and Adam suffers a stroke upon hearing the news from Lee. Cal, who began a relationship with Abra after Aron went to war, tries to convince her to run away with him.
She instead persuades him to return home. The novel ends with Lee pleading with a bedridden and dying Adam to forgive his only remaining son. Adam responds by giving Cal his blessing in the form of the word Timshel, which were his last words, before passing away.
Major themes The book explores themes of depravity, beneficence, love , and the struggle for acceptance, greatness, and the capacity for self-destruction and especially of guilt and freedom. It ties these themes together with references to and many parallels with the biblical Book of Genesis especially Genesis Chapter 4, the story of Cain and Abel.
Steinbeck's inspiration for the novel comes from the fourth chapter of Genesis, verses one through sixteen, which recounts the story of Cain and Abel. Steinbeck's allusion to Cain and Abel is furthered by the naming of various characters; the first letters of the names of the main characters start with C, A, or both Charles and Adam, Caleb and Aron, Cathy Ames and Abra.