Tuesday, December 24, 2019

EAST of EDEN

John Steinbeck. EAST of EDEN. 1952.

Our Hawthorne Book Club second 600-page novel in two months. I first read this fifty years ago. I'm older now. I still love it. Family dysfunction. Culture failure. Children who just grow up on their own. Lee the only real nurturer in the bunch. Maybe Samuel Hamilton too. 

Watched the James Dean film which only tells the short final section, and makes important changes which decrease the story. For example, Cal borrows $$$ from Kate, not from Lee. 

Definitely in interesting study of a psychopathic female, and of the origins of youth trauma. 


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