East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden

John Steinbeck

fiction classics historical dark emotional reflective medium-paced

601 pages | first published 1952

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California's fertile Salinas Valley is home to two families whose destinies are fruitfully, and fatally, intertwined. Over the generations, between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of the First World War, the Trasks and the Hamil...
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Moods

reflective 80%
emotional 74%
dark 46%
challenging 39%
sad 33%
inspiring 27%
hopeful 23%
tense 19%
adventurous 13%
mysterious 9%
funny 8%
informative 6%
relaxing 5%
lighthearted 2%

Pace

slow 55%
medium 43%
fast 1%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 69% | A mix: 28% | Plot: 2%

Strong character development?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 47% | Yes: 43% | No: 9%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 45% | Yes: 29% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 1%

Average rating

4.4