Absolutely loved the book. I am not a reader and have just started listening to some of the classics...this was such a thought provoking book for me I can honestly say it was life changing, the narrator was great as well.
That being said, the production company didn't give me even half a second to take in the final line. Immediately a voice came on and gave me "I hope you enjoyed...." And it ruined the moment. Just give me 5 seconds please!!!
I love Steinbeck and if you do too, this one won't disappoint. East of Eden is at times long winded, but the foundations he lays in the side stories are so important to the context of the era and characters. I laughed out loud multiple times and cried at least three others.
I only found myself zoning out the narrator's performance a handful of times, but i find that quite impressive considering it's over 24 hours of audio.
My only negative is that I've finished it.
This is a truly remarkable novel. In my opinion it is Steinbeck's best. If he had only written one book and this was it, that would be the only thing he need do to solidify his place among the greatest novelist of the 20th Century.
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It is a beautiful and sweeping epic covering two generations.
Kathy arriving beaten at Charles & Adam's doorstep.
I was hugely saddened when Samuel Hamilton died.
Steinbeck is the most muscular and able writer I have ever read.
The narrator does a great job. I highly recommend his performance. My view of the book is a little less clear. I feel unworthy to judge anything Steinbeck has written. This is long and held my interest. But it was almost a guilty pleasure, the kind you would get from a melodramatic page turner. I'm struggling to regard this as high literature. There were 100 moments when I felt I was reading the script for an epic tv mini-series. It would be sensational tv, but not the deep rich beautiful writing I would expect from Steinbeck. I'm glad I read it. I enjoyed it. But I'm a little disappointed in what I found.
I'm 74. I've been reading the greatest books of all time of all for all of my life . I feel I qualified to pronounce this up there with "Genesis."
The reader sounds like author.
Yes, definitely. Narration was wonderful and story was awesome! Writing was brilliant.
When Adam named the twins, finally.
Lee was my favorite, of course!
I never read this book before; how did I miss it? I LOVED it! I listened to the Audible version and the narration was outstanding. I read this with my book club as a "long read" for the 2nd quarter of this year. The discussion was really interesting and everyone's opinion was that they loved it. The characters were ALL so well-drawn, I think; I feel I knew them all so well. My favorite was Lee (also Samuel Hamilton) and my least favorite was Cathy, although she was very interesting and creepy. I want to know - who was the father of the twins - Adam or Charles, or did both contribute their sperm, lol? I guess we'll never know.
I did not realize that the Steinbeck family mentioned in the story was John's family and that HE was the narrator - that the Hamilton's were HIS family (Samuel was his mother's father)!
The book is an allegory to the Cain and Abel story from the Bible and this theme weaves through the book, in both generations. I see Cathy as the devil and Lee as possibly God.
The writing in this book is magnificent, the back story was fascinating, the characters were mesmerizing, the sibling rivaly stories were engaging, and the whole story was just wonderful.
I can say that this is my number 1 read of 2016, so far, and in my top 5 of ALL TIME! I will probably read it again, but this time actually read it, although listening was so captivating! I couldn't wait for my commute every day, just to get back into the story.
I highly recommend this book.