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Click Here to Download the Book 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. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.
Reviews Although forced to read other Steinbeck novels in school and hating them all, this has to be my favorite book of all time. I have read it six or seven times since it was the required summer reading of my junior year of high school and each time I read it, I am reminded of its brilliance. As other reviews have stated, it is Steinbeck's masterpiece and one of the greatest novels ever written. Not just a story about good and evil or Cain and Abel, it is a dazzling story of how man may triumph over sin and evil, or may give into its temptations. The passages Steinbeck dedicates to the interpretation of various biblical translations of the Cain and Abel story are ingrained in my memory like no other literature ever has or probably ever will be again. I highly recommend this novel to anyone, especially those who disliked others of Steinbeck's works as much as I did.
In this book, Steinbeck told the story about two families, the Trasks and Hamiltons. There were many times when the families had troubles, but, eventually, they got back on their feet. They were glued together by their bond of friendship with Lee, the servant. There were also many deaths in the book. This was a very interesting book. There were times when I didn't know how something fit in until I read farther into the book. For instance, he talked about a girl named Catherine who was not related to neither family. Once I got farther into the book, I found out that she became a part of the Trask family. I think that everyone who has an understanding of old literature would like this book. The author has put some things in it that would make it for an older audience, though. This book was very interesting and I would defiantly read it again sometime in the future.
What intrigued me most in Steinbeck's classic were the underlying themes. Through the lovable characters of Samuel Hamilton and Lee the Chinese man, free will is discussed and explained using three different translations of the Cain and Abel story from the Bible. But the necessity of knowing beforehand the choices available to a person is integral to free choice, according to Steinbeck. And that requires full disclosure. So, in this story of Adam Trask's tragic disappointment in his wife Kathy, we see friends afterwards depriving him of the truth of where she's gone, a brothel only a few miles away. And for years neither Adam nor his twin sons know where she is. Then Steinbeck makes readers grapple with the question: Do we shield our loved ones from knowing the truth because we care deeply about them? Or do we inform them of very painful facts so they can decide what action to take themselves? This is the crux of Steinbeck's story, I believe. That love is about telling people we love the truth and then allowing them to make their own decisions. These themes are repeated yet again in the book when Adam's sons have destroyed their relationship. My favorite characters were Lee and Samuel. After researching further, I discovered that John Steinbeck's own grandfather was named Samuel Hamilton. Then I wondered how true to life this beloved character was. If so, I definitely would've liked to meet him.
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