Clockwise counting 47/50: John Steinbeck
- East of Eden
I have actually been reading this famous classic for much of the year and now feel quite relieved to eventually be able to put it behind me. After a good start I somehow got tired of its "grandiosity" and I have literally for months been slowly slowly reading East of Eden in parallel with many other books.
It is of course a very nice (and long, at 700+ pages) novel with an abundance of great themes: goodness and evil, a modern version of the story of Cain and Abel, a nice narrative of small town Californian life in the early 20th century, love and loss, fathers and sons.
Entertaining, sometimes inspiring but also, I believe, quite overblown and pretentious. A must-read, so.... I have now read it.