East of Eden

East of Eden John Steinbeck


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Novel by John Steinbeck, published in 1952. It is a symbolic recreation of the biblical story of Cain and Abel woven into a history of California's Salinas Valley. With East of Eden Steinbeck hoped to reclaim his standing as a major novelist, but his broad depictions of good and evil come at the expense of subtlety in characterization and plot and it was not a critical success. Spanning the period between the American Civil War and the end of World War I, the novel highlights the conflicts of two generations of brothers; the first being the kind, gentle Adam Trask and his wild brother Charles. Adam eventually marries Cathy Ames, an evil, manipulative, and beautiful prostitute; she betrays him, joining Charles on the very night of their wedding. Later, after giving birth to twin boys, she shoots Adam and leaves him to return to her former profession. In the shadow of this heritage Adam raises their sons, the fair-haired, winning, yet intractable Aron, and the dark, clever Caleb. This second generation of brothers vie for their father's approval. In bitterness Caleb reveals the truth about their mother to Aron, who then joins the army and is killed in France. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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Eu me perguntei muitas vezes se era necessário escrever sobre a minha leitura de "East of Eden" (ao leste do Éden). Apesar de gostar de outros livros do John Steinbeck, como "A russian journal" (um diário russo), essa leitura não me empolgou. Sei que é a favorita de muitos fãs do autor, peço desculpas por não apresentar um retorno positivo da obra. Não considero uma leitura dispensável, esse livro é tão amado que as pessoas deveriam fazer a tentativa de ler só por isso. É bom ressal... leia mais

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