I finished reading John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” a few days ago. Here’s my review:
Now, I’ve always enjoyed Steinbeck’s writing, but it was mainly his shorter works, like “Cannery Row” and “Tortilla Flat. This was my first time reading one of his long novels. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
Now I’m embarrassed at having waited so long to do it. From the first page, I knew I was in the hands of a master. And those 600 pages felt like 200.
I’m not going to bore you with a full review, seeing as how there are better, more informed ones out there already. The New York Times called “East of Eden” “A fantasia and myth . . .a strange and original work of art.” Indeed, it is a work of philosophy, theology, and Biblical exegesis as well as a personal memoir and meditation on life and what it means to be human.
This novel is a marvel and a wonder, unlike anything I’ve ever read.
Read this book.