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David Maxwell (dlmaxwell) | 8 comments I just finished Chapter 9 (the second chapter about Catherine). Somehow, without my realizing it, Steinbeck has pulled out an entire set of chess pieces and arranged them masterfully on the board. I watch with horrid fascination as I sense what is soon to come. I dread it and can't wait to read it at the same time.

Anyone else reading this one? Or is everyone still bogged down in One Hundred Years Of Solitude?


Amber | 1 comments I have gotten to chapter 13 and I am really enjoying the character interactions, especially between Charles and Adam.


RitaSkeeter Karen wrote: "I started yesterday, on Chapter 4 now.
Story is written in first person. Do we know who the narrator is yet?"


I don't think who the narrator is spoils anything but I'll hide it anyway just in case (view spoiler).

I'm up to chapter 22. I'm finding Adam a bit of a snooze, but Cathy - wow there's a character!


RitaSkeeter How is everyone going with this book? I have to say that I am loving it. Off the top of my head I'd say it is the best American classic I have read so far.


RitaSkeeter Karen wrote: "I'm on Part 2 now; I'm loving it. I've read a lot of Steinbeck in the last 18 months and I'd say this is my favorite so far."

What is your next favourite after this one? I wouldn't mind reading some more Steinbeck. I've read The Pearl and Of Mice and Men previously.

I'm up to the last 50 pages. I've been on go slow this week because I don't want it to end. I have to say that I would really love to (view spoiler).


David Maxwell (dlmaxwell) | 8 comments RitaSkeeter wrote: "Karen wrote: "I'm on Part 2 now; I'm loving it. I've read a lot of Steinbeck in the last 18 months and I'd say this is my favorite so far."

What is your next favourite after this one? I wouldn't ..."


I highly recommend Grapes of Wrath. It's an amazing piece of literature and usually found on anyone's list of top 100 novels. People like to argue whether East of Eden or Grapes of Wrath was Steinbeck's masterpiece novel. I'm reserving judgment until I finish East of Eden.


RitaSkeeter David wrote: "RitaSkeeter wrote: "Karen wrote: "I'm on Part 2 now; I'm loving it. I've read a lot of Steinbeck in the last 18 months and I'd say this is my favorite so far."

What is your next favourite after t..."


Thank-you David - definitely on my list to read in the near future.

Karen wrote: "Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men are also undoubtedly masterpieces. One of Steinbeck's earlier and perhaps lesser known books, To a God Unknown, falls very high on my list of favor..."

Thanks Karen. I hadn't heard of Dubious Battle, but might make that my next Steinbeck. My country has a very strong history of trade unionism. It still does actually - one of our two main political parties has significant links to trade unionism - so this book has piqued my interest.

Re: this comment you made Karen: ...no matter how poor someone is, how little he has, he will always share it with others". Was Steinbeck somewhat socialist in his thinking? Again, my country has a very strong focus on social welfare (although that is under threat from our new government but that is a different story) so this comment intrigued me.


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Dee It is hard to believe that his choice as the Nobel prize winner for 1962 was because " he was the best of a bad lot" Wikipedia


RitaSkeeter Karen wrote: "Chapter 20: Faye's late night champagne party. Suffice it to say, I'm speechless!"

(view spoiler).


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Gena Bowman | 4 comments I just started East of Eden. I'm on chapter 9 and really like it so far.


Denise | 10 comments I read this book for the first time last year and by the end I really loved it


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