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East of Eden by John Steinbeck
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Jul 09, 08

bookshelves: fiction, history
Read in July, 2008

i'm a sucker for the retelling of the bible. coming from a fundamentalist christian upbringing - of which my gay ass is always recovering from - i love to see the bible dissected, shaken, sieved, and reformed throughout the ages - always throwing in more whiskey, more whores, a couple of gays for good measure and the eternally struggling "good man". One of the best parts of this book, besides how epic it is, is the fun of playing, "Spot the Bible Allusion or Allusionary Character"
i knew it was the retelling of Genesis so Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel were easy to spot.

This is a story of humanity, of the willingness of the human soul to seek and achieve expansiveness. It is not about good and evil as separate mutable entities, but of their profound necessity for humanness.

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