Today is the first installment of our East of Eden Readalong with the Estella Project!
Watch out for spoilers from this first section.
1. What do you think of the style of Steinbeck's writing? Readable and awesome or slow and slogging?
Readable and awesome, for sure! When I have time to sit down, I'm whizzing through this book lickety-split! Somewhere along the way, in high school I think, I read a Steinbeck short story that I hated. I thought all of his writing was slow and full of dust. While I had the dust part right, I find his descriptions lush and his metaphors deep. Lurv!
2. We have a wicked case of sibling rivalry going on here. What are your thoughts on Adam's and Charles' relationship thus far? Their father's influence?
Their father was a bit of a dick. I just felt the way he related to his sons was wonky and backwards, making them both feel belittled and cut down, though their reactions to it are quite different. I found myself really surprised that Adam went the wandering hobo route and adopted such a laissez–faire attitude. Since we ended this section with his marriage to Cathy and their trek to California, I'm really curious to see where things are going for these two. And I'm with Charles. There's no way their father, whose hilarious career as a "military expert" was such a farce, came by his fortune honestly.
3. Just....Cathy. Expound.
I've never met a character more evil than Cathy. What a pill! I love her for it, though. I'm captivated. And if you haven't noticed, there's a #beastofeden or #(b)eastofeden hashtag that's sprouted on Twitter. Makes me laugh every time.
4. It remains to be seen how Samuel Hamilton's brood will play into the story. Any guesses?
Not really. At first, when Adam and Cathy went to California and the Hamilton bunch was re-introduced, I had completely forgotten about them. They seem to embody those who live on and endure the land since their piece is so inhospitable. Looking forward to learning more about them.
See you next Monday for another discussion!