East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden

John Steinbeck

fiction classics historical dark emotional reflective medium-paced

736 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 79%
emotional 74%
dark 51%
sad 39%
challenging 35%
inspiring 28%
hopeful 21%
tense 14%
adventurous 10%
funny 9%
mysterious 8%
informative 3%
relaxing 3%
lighthearted 1%

Pace

slow 51%
medium 46%
fast 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 65% | A mix: 34%

Strong character development?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 2% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 53% | Yes: 35% | No: 10%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 50% | Yes: 26% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 97% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

4.39