Tuesday, February 8, 2011

East of Eden read-along: p 1-80

Hi everybody! How was your weekly reading? Please leave notes / comments / progress / questions / observations / thoughts / feelings.

I, for one, made it through the pages and finished the end of the chapter, which is awesome, because it means I'm ahead for next week. Woohoo!


brionywilliamson said...

I'm enjoying it although I don't know if it's because I just finished The Wasp Factory and anything is better in comparison.

There's something very dream-like about the narrative. I like it!

J.C. Montgomery said...

I had to post about it. Steinbeck surprised me, in a good way.

To The Land of Nod

I have a feeling this book is going to have me gushing over it for quite a while. I love it so far.

moonrat said...

I agree; I think I was anticipating a much more difficult (ie not so captivating) a read. My edition is a fat, heavy old thing, but the pages really do fly by.

I also enjoy finding little biblical parallels in the character stories. I'm no bible expert but some details chime with familiarity.

Briony--I'm afraid you've just made me very curious about The Wasp Factory now. Haha. Anything you want to share?

Bree said...

East of Eden is definitely a book to savor. I read half way through last year so this is my second time through 1-80 and am enjoying it yet again. The descriptions place me right there.

Ashley said...

I'm a little late in finishing my first 80 pages, but I really don't want to stop reading! So, I didn't. :)

This story reminds me of why I so loved The Grapes of Wrath. I'm also more than a little horrified at Cathy. I've heard, many times, that Cathy is one of the worst villains in English literature, and she's definitely making my skin crawl!

Briony said...

The Wasp Factory was the story of a kid who set fire to animals, and killed three people. It was the most depressing thing I've ever read. There's a twist at the end, but it doesn't make up for it. I'm trying to work out how to review it.

This book, on the other hand, is great. I'm finding that I have shifting allegiances though. And yes, I like the biblical tales woven in .