“No one who is young is ever going to be old.” John Steinbeck, East of Eden
I’m not sure why this book took me over two months to read. I can safely say that’s more down to my flaky reading habits rather than the book itself. If you are like me, then perhaps the only Steinbeck book you have read so far is Of Mice And Men whilst studying for your GCSE’s (if you haven’t read this, then that’s another book to stick on your reading list).
Set in the beginning of the twentieth century in California’s Salinas Valley, East Of Eden follows the lives of two family’s – the Hamilton’s and the Trask’s. The story explores how the lives of these two family’s intertwine whilst exploring the themes of acceptance, grievance, love, war, new life and travel. It is a pleasure to read as Steinbeck smoothly navigates you through the lives of Adam Trask, Sam Hamilton, Cathy Ames and their friends and family who you get to meet along the way. East of Eden covers so many individual stories in just one book that it makes it quite hard to simply sum up the plot. In my own words, perhaps something like this..
Man falls in love with mad women making for a very different life to what man was expecting.
I’m really not sure what else I can write without revealing any major plot points thus accidently ruining it. It may make for a crummy review but perhaps you will thank me when you come to reading the book, which I fully recommend you do. Steinbeck manages to fit so much into one book that I believe he has successfully written a book which can be appreciated by everyone.
Although I do try to read a range of genres generally, East Of Eden isn’t the sort of book I would naturally choose so I am grateful for my Dad who encouraged me to give it a go. It’s the type of book I think you could read for a second time and learn even more from the characters. I’ll stick it back on my list to read again.
Would I recommend it? Well, yes.