Anyway, East of Eden. I actually read this book because a family friend offered to buy it for Christmas. It was probably on discount or something, but nonetheless, I had heard that it was one of Jennifer’s favourite books and that she would be starring in an upcoming movie adaptation, so I took up the offer!
John Steinbeck is a well known author of the classic ‘of mice and men’, a book which I personally dislike because, in my opinion, it is discouraging and emphasises the lack of a ‘silver-lining’ in life. East of Eden, on the other hand, I would rank among some of my favourite books. Though it is quite long and difficult to read – it took me much longer than I would’ve liked – this book really opened my mind [metaphorically, of course] and I’m very, very glad that I persevered to the end.
‘East of Eden’ has one of my all-time favourite ending. I don’t want to give anything away, but I closed the book and literally just sat there with tears in my eyes for a good ten minutes. That sounds over-the-top, but this book did some serious damage to my emotions.
Anyway, if you’re thinking of reading it then there are one or two things you should know. First of all, this book is quite difficult to read. By that, I don’t mean that its full shakespearean-style language, but the tone is fairly reformed and sometimes difficult to pick up or understand. Due to this, and of course the length of the book, it takes a long time to read. I’m a fairly fast reader, but ‘East if Eden’ took me over two weeks. Lastly, the book can be very deep. Not only is the plot quite complicated, but the characters retell the stories of both Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel. This might require a little background knowledge, as I was fairly clueless to those parts.
So overall, I highly recommend this book, as long as you promise to persevere – the last page is 100% worth it, in my opinion.
~Michelle (sorry for my awful reviewing, my excuse is that I’m new to this!)