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    East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Mini-review)

    First published in the summer of 1952, this sweeping, ambitious story spanning decades and histories had become America’s number-one bestseller by that November. It’s impossible to “review” such a book. Not only because it is a good 600 pages long. But because reading this is an experience and one that shouldn’t be spoiled. I’ll talk then about the elements of the story, its themes and preoccupations. This is about the Salinas valley in California. About generations of the Hamiltons and Trasks. About the relationship between brothers, between parents and children. About one of the scariest portrayals of a truly evil,…

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