East of Eden

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I keep informed about new books and best sellers as part of my job as a librarian, but I have a tendency to read a lot of classic literature.  My favorite classic read this year is East of Eden.  I devoured a number of books by Steinbeck when I was a teenager, but never got around to East of Eden.  After about eight to ten years without reading any of his work, I was surprised to find that I enjoyed his writing as much as I did in high school.  East of Eden is an epic masterpiece that explores the dichotomy of good and bad innate in every human being.  Set mainly in the beginning of the 20th century, the story follows the lives of the Trask and Hamilton families as they try to live the American dream.  Steinbeck’s characters are based on archetypes that are thousands of years old, yet his book perfectly captures the innovation, chutzpah, and greed driving the American spirit.   This book, or any novel by Steinbeck, is perfect if you’re in the mood for a classic.


East of Eden

Posted by Caitlin Hoag at 12/29/2010 01:31:41 PM | 

I remember that I loved this book BUT I don't remeber too many specifics. Might be time to reread this; thanks for the reminder.
Posted by: AnnR ( Email ) at 12/29/2010 3:02 PM

And if after you've completed the book you're still hungry for more, be sure to check out the wonderful film adaptation of the novel, starring James Dean in his movie acting debut as Cal, the tormented son who yearns for the love and acceptance of his father.
Posted by: Ryan ( Email ) at 12/30/2010 10:24 AM

This is one of those books I am almost ashamed I haven't read. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to read more, but get into more of the classics that I've missed over the years. Thanks for the reminder on this one.
Posted by: RG ( Email ) at 1/1/2011 9:50 PM

I am a lifelong fan of Steinbeck. If you ever get to California, take a drive along the Gabilan Mountains and tour his home/museum.
Posted by: JenniferC ( Email ) at 1/4/2011 10:00 AM

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