Week 5/52: East of Eden by John Steinbeck


And the inevitable: so behind already! A 600-page novel in one week is a little much for this mama.

Okay, I know lots of you love East of Eden… Now that it's been a few days since I finished the book I am definitely feeling a little…blech. As a storyteller, Steinbeck succeeds – his modern reinterpretation of the Biblical story of Cain and Abel is more than compelling. Is there really a more conniving and evil woman in fiction than Cathy Ames? But the writing is just pure melodrama and stuffed with obvious symbolism and sweeping themes.

I am craving something leaner, more spare. Thank you, Toni Morrison.

Published by Andrea Y. Griffith

owner of browsers. former librarian. wife. mother to two tweens and the cutest labradoodle in the world.

2 thoughts on “Week 5/52: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

  1. I’m a little sad that you didn’t like it, but I do think Steinbeck is a certain taste–everything people complain about regarding “Grapes of Wrath” is something I loved about it.


  2. i warned you about it, didn’t i? i loved it. but in a guilty pleasure/working 12 hours a week (in france) sort of way. i thought cathy was really over the top in a way that wasn’t very believable (believable but..something..euh, it was a long time ago) but still…totally gruesome And hilarious.
    I think it’s the worst of his books that I’ve read..but..yeah, it would make a really good terrible movie that i wouldn’t have been allowed to watch (of course).
    it does have a nice cover.


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