Jun 18, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Considered by Steinbeck to be his magnum opus, East of Eden tells the intertwined stories of two families in the Salinas Valley of Central California. The book explores themes of depravity, beneficence, love, and the struggle for acceptance, greatness, and the capacity for self-destruction and especially of guilt and freedom. It ties these themes together with references to and many parallels with the biblical Book of Genesis (especially Genesis Chapter 4, the story of Cain and Abel).