East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Many of you have probably already read this one or have at least heard of it. I always see this book referenced in many “What is your favorite book?” discussions. That was enough to sell me on giving it a try. I like to try and change my reading up by throwing in genres I don’t normally read, and getting through a few classics a year too.
It took me awhile to finish East of Eden. There were times where I lost interest, but it always stuck with me. The characters and description of the Salinas Valley were beautifully written. I love the scope of the project that Steinbeck took on for this novel too. He was able to weave many themes within the story. I am religious or well-versed in the bible, but I still enjoyed the references Steinbeck had used for this novel.
I’m not going to summarize the whole plot for you. Instead, I will tell you what you will get. You will leave with a lasting impression from what is considered to be one of the greatest novels. The characters and life lessons will hopefully stick with you and change the way you see things. I know Timshel will always be with me thanks to East of Eden.
The only Steinbeck I’ve read is Travels With Charley, but I loved it.
I thinking he is one of the authors that one must read.. hmmm I have two of his books and I think one needs to know a bit about the historical setting and about the author to bet the deep meaning!
I read Grapes of Wrath and I absolutely hated it. It was far too dreary and terrifying. A friend, however, said that East of Eden will definitely not disappoint and I’m wondering if I should seriously give it a try. The quotes seem nice.
I loved this book. It’s semi-autobiographical. Steinbeck’s grandfather was actually Samuel Hamilton, a character in the book. He was from my county in Ireland. I guess I’m biased.