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EAST OF EDEN

Type : Novel

Author : John Steinbeck

Genre : Fiction

Date : 1952

Country of origin : USA

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HADRIEN

School : Ecole Polytechnique

Age : 23 years old

Area of study : Mathematics/engineering

City of study : Paris-Saclay

As my grandmother told me while younger, “excellence is made of details, but excellence is everything but a detail”. The core of this book is about one simple word changing over the time in the Bible, leading to massive drift in society approach to rights and duty. I’ve always tried to keep in mind that one word can change one’s life.

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In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden “the first book,” and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel 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.

The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. Adapted for the 1955 film directed by Elia Kazan introducing James Dean and read by thousands as the book that brought Oprah’s Book Club back, East of Eden has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.

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