East of EdenBook - 1952
Children of prostitutes -- Fiction.
Brothers -- Fiction.
Salinas River Valley (Calif.) -- Fiction.
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We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immoral. Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.
When a child first catches adults out–when it first walks into his grave little heads that adults do not have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just—his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone.
You can boast about anything if it's all you have. Maybe the less you have, the more you are required to boast.
In March the soft rains continued, and each storm waited courteously until its predecessor sunk beneath the ground.
“All great and precious things are lonely.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden
"And she picked her words as one picks flowers in a mixed garden and took her time choosing."
“…Samuel rode lightly on top of a book and he balanced happily among ideas the way a man rides white rapids in a canoe. But Tom got into a book, crawled and groveled between the covers, tunneled like a mole among the thoughts, and came up with the book all over his face and hands.”
“But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.”
"I have no bent toward gods. But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe."
If you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.
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A classic. Multi-generational epic about love, siblings and the battle of good and evil. Set in Salinas, California it is a retelling of the Book of Genesis
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