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East of Eden by John Steinbeck
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it was amazing

This modern classic just found a spot firmly alongside To Kill a Mockingbird as one of my all time favorite reads (I named a handbag I bought to celebrate a career milestone ‘Atticus’ if this gives you a clue as to how much it means to me!!)

The prose was some of the most well-crafted and meaningful I’ve ever come across, the plot itself sprawls across generations following the Trasks and Hamiltons in late 1800s-early 1900s California.

Parts of this read like a thriller, which I was completely not expecting! It also reminded me so much of Eleanor Catten’s The Luminaries in the sense that the narrative builds to this explosive and profound finale. The family saga aspect also had me thinking of Min-Jin Lee’s Pachinko, a book I admire equally!

Steinbeck writes his female characters with depth and respect that is progressive for both the time it was set and also the time it was published (1956).

The discussions about wealth, about good and evil, and the more overt biblical dualities stemming from the Cain and Abel (and other stories!) made this an extremely profound read!

If you’ve delayed reading this one I highly encourage you to pick it up, it is a remarkable read and a true blessing to read a book which is just so incredibly well written!
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Reading Progress

December 30, 2017 – Shelved
December 30, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
August 12, 2018 – Started Reading
August 12, 2018 –
page 44
7.32%
August 13, 2018 –
page 54
8.99%
August 13, 2018 –
page 89
14.81%
August 14, 2018 –
page 130
21.63%
August 15, 2018 –
page 182
30.28%
August 16, 2018 –
page 215
35.77%
August 16, 2018 –
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37.6%
August 17, 2018 –
page 250
41.6%
August 18, 2018 –
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45.42%
August 24, 2018 –
page 349
58.07%
August 25, 2018 –
page 378
62.9%
August 26, 2018 –
page 414
68.89%
August 28, 2018 –
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73.21%
August 28, 2018 –
page 448
74.54%
August 29, 2018 –
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82.86%
August 30, 2018 –
page 556
92.51%
August 31, 2018 – Finished Reading

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