Book review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck


East of EdenEast of Eden by John Steinbeck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From BBC radio 4 – Drama
By John Steinbeck
Dramatised by Donna Franceschild

An epic tale exploring the nature of good and evil, inspired by the story of Cain and Abel.

Episode 1 of 3
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.

Episode 2 of 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.

Episode 3 of 3:
Adam Trask has been raising his twin boys with the help of his cook, Lee.
His estranged wife -the enigmatic Cathy – has taken over a brother after murdering its previous owner.
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.
That knowledge is set to destroy the Trask world in this dark and febrile drama about familial love.

Starring Holliday Grainger, Robin Laing and David Yip.

Director: Kirsty Williams.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tq9r4

A movie was made based on this book: East of Eden (1955) directed by Elia Kazan, with James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris.

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