East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden

John Steinbeck with David Wyatt (Contributor)

602 pages first pub 1952 (editions)

fiction classics historical literary emotional reflective slow-paced
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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 f...

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Community Reviews Summary of 29,111 reviews

Moods

reflective 83%
emotional 75%
challenging 40%
sad 38%
dark 37%
hopeful 30%
inspiring 29%
tense 19%
adventurous 15%
funny 7%
mysterious 6%
informative 5%
relaxing 4%
lighthearted 1%

Pace

slow 57%
medium 39%
fast 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 69% | A mix: 26% | Plot: 3%

Strong character development?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 43% | No: 6%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 43% | No: 36% | It's complicated: 17% | N/A: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 91% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 1%

Average rating

4.44

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