East of EdenEast of Eden by John Steinbeck
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is – John Steinbeck page 413 of 601 East of Eden

I found it difficult to rate this book. Steinbeck has always been one of my favourite writers as he is so gifted. However, I was disappointed by EoE. Even though disappointed, I fluctuated between 2 and 3 stars. I settled for 2 meaning OK.
I found it ponderous at times and maybe he should have edited the 600 and something pages down to 400-450?
I also got the message. Who couldn’t? It was repeated enough times!
Wonderful descriptions of the Salinas Valley may cut it for some, especially if they know the area, but much of that meant little to me except to admire Steinbeck’s descriptive powers.
Good and evil is at the centre of most novels and movies. It’s life. But I do feel no one, repeat no one, could be as evil as Cathy Trask aka Kate.
Some of the characters were a bit weird too. Adam Trask I found quite bewildering. The best characters were Lee, the faithful Chinese man servant and Samuel Hamilton. They made this novel for me.
Of course any review is one person’s opinion. Timshel Thou mayest agree with me or not. The choice is yours.

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