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East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden - John Steinbeck


Description: Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. RE-VISIT via BBC R4:


Episode 1/3: An epic tale exploring the nature of good and evil, inspired by the story of Cain and Abel. Cathy Ames is a young woman who has always filled her parents with a deep sense of unease. Adam and Charles Trask are brothers whose relationship veers dangerously between love and hate. Their lives are about to collide in a dark and febrile drama about familial love. Starring Holliday Grainger, Robin Laing and David Yip.

2/3 Adam has fallen under the spell of the enigmatic Cathy - a woman who has murdered her parents and now, on the run, has married Adam. He's captivated by her. But on their wedding night it was Adam's brother Cathy slept with. The newly-weds are about to start a new life in California, but it's not the one Adam imagines in this dark and febrile drama about familial love.

3/3: In order to protect the twins, Adam has always maintained that their mother is dead, but Cal, after listening in at a door, now knows the truth.

Of course it is always to have a re-visit via a spanking new production in another medium, however I can tell you this for sure, nothing is as good as the book, no siree.