East of Eden

Title: East of Eden

Author: John Steinbeck

IBSN: 0140049975

Publisher: Penguin Books

Copyright Date: 1986

Genre: Classic

Reading Level: 9th grade

Interest Age: 15 yrs. +

Challenge Issues: N/A

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Information about author: John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902. He grew up in Salinas, California and this effected his writings. He attended Stanford University, but did not receive a degree. He knew that he wanted to become a writer.

Steinbeck is the author of twenty five works. He wrote story stories, non-fiction and novels. He won the Pulitzer prize. Some of his works are East of Eden, Travels with Charley, and The Red Pony. Some believe that Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is one of the best novels ever written.

Plot Summary: The novel spans a from the Civil War and World War 1. The story takes place where most of his novel take place in Salinas, California. It starts by introducing the Trask family. The children of the Trask family are left with inheritance, which Adam Trask takes and marries Cathy Ames. Adam and Cathy have Caleb and Aron. Caleb and Aron start to take two very different paths.

Critical Evaluation: This is one of my favorite novels. It is a version of the bible’s Cain and Abel story. It is well written. It develops both of the main characters adequately. It gives a good examination of the dynamic between siblings.

Reader’s annotation: A modern twist to the bible’s Cain and Abel story.

Book talk ideas: Finally, a classic that isn’t boring. This timeless tale will have you turning pages as you discover the in’s and out’s of the Trask family. Among these pages you will jealous, betrayal,  and infidelity, but you will also find love, caring and human strength.

Why did you include this book?:  Some teens can be exposed to a classic while enjoying it.

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