Sunday, March 17, 2013

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

I had never read this one and it was amazing. Not only was the prose a feast for word eaters but the story itself made you think.  I enjoyed the parallels to the Bible story. I loved Lee. He was the epitome of a great parent, one who listens, advises and then lets a child make their way in the world. Cathy is the queen of evil and it never ceases to amaze me when writers depict women who would abandon their children. I am sure they exist but I cannot imagine it and it seems unfathomably wrong.  Adam Trask needed a wake up call earlier but in the end he redeems himself. This books shows you the power of one word and the freedom understanding it brings.  I highly recommend this book.  It's for adults, not kids but it is one that is a friend on my shelf now.