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it may not lead one to a garden but it will sure let you be familiar with your personal eden.
15 August 2018
East of eden is one of those books where you can open to any page & start reading it & appreciate the effort put behind it.
John steinbeck makes every single element in this book stand out, the characters, the place, the weather, the animals everything in this book has so much heart in it, it gets overwhelming at times. The underlying themes & philosophies are so human. Steinbeck dissects everything from a man's greed to love, malice, innocence & pure evil with careful precision of a surgeon & lays it out in a layman's tongue to soak it all in. This book is not just about the stories of 2 families living in a valley but it talks about what it is to be alive, being a part of family & the ties that bounds a family together. In a microcosm of 2 families Steinbeck explores life itself.
Cathy seems to be the one character that is hard to get out of your head, among the myriad of characters that are fascinating. The shades of black in her character is unparalleled & the things that steinbeck lets you peek once you look into the abyss of her mind is a work of genius.
Amidst the Hamiltons & Trasks you will be lost in Salinas valley & learing more about life that you ever will, the book has friends to offer, enemies to be afraid of, teachers you wish you had, love that is powerful & malice that is unforgiving.
All I wish is that I knew of this book when I was young before I picked up Atlas shrugged that is, the direction that it offers to its reader is one that every person should walk, it may not lead one to a garden but it will sure let you be familiar with your personal eden.