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.