East of Eden

East of Eden

Downloadable Audiobook - 2002
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Adam and Charles Trask are raised by their stern father to become soldiers. But even as boys, they are at war. Adam's gentle passivity enrages the competitive Charles, who is sure his father favors Adam. Cathy Ames is beautiful but amoral; she uses the world to get what she wants. When Adam falls under her spell, she becomes a force that will poison both brothers -- and the future generations of two families.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, p2002
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781449883928
Branch Call Number: PS3537.T3234 E3 2002x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable audio file (1 sound file, 25 hr.)
Additional Contributors: Poe, Richard

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Apr 22, 2018

A terrific story. The eternal, internal struggle between good and evil that every person (except phychopaths/sociopaths) has to endure throughout Life. The guilt of doing "bad"; the difficulty of doing "good". A lifelong struggle for us all.
"Timshel", free-will, personal responsibility to ourselves and others. We can make the choices that form us into who and what we are. The multi-generational story of the Trask family emphasizes the struggle of the individual; each generation has the struggle. We cannot save our children that; they must endure alone. Steinbeck managed to show the eternal struggle well. His characters are real, Life is real.
But what happens if we are born without the ability or awareness of this eternal struggle and our being loses the choice that timshel allows us? Cathy and Aron seem to be two extremes of this. One cannot conceive good, the other cannot do bad. How does that affect the soul of a being?
A wonderful family saga. Steinbeck told a good story of the need for both good and bad within ourselves in order to become the best person we can be.

Jan 16, 2018

I listened with fascination

Oct 31, 2016

Such a well written brilliant book! Kept me on the edge of my seat and got me to think and reflect on many things I thought I had nailed down. Fantastic!

Sep 05, 2016

This was my third visit with Steinbeck, and like the first two, this was a great book, complete with biblical references, this story was outstanding, and Steinbeck was a truly great author, in my opinion.


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