I'm a little late with this post, but I am indeed finished with East of Eden for the #EstellaProject readalong! WHAT A BOOK! Seriously, this is an epic family saga, and it seems like forever since I read one of those.
By the end of the novel, I was ready to know what would happen to Cal and Aron as well as Abra and Cathy. No surprises really, since I knew quite a bit about the book going into the final sections (it was a book club book), but I was very satisfied by Steinbeck's conclusion. Those last few sentences were pitch perfect, and that's saying something after such a long, involved novel.
It's safe to say that Lee remained my favorite character, though Cal grew in my estimation a lot in this final run. Multi-faceted, complicated, "gray area" characters are so much more interesting than flat, one-note ones. I admired Cal's determination to grow past what he feared was his dark nature. I loved he and Abra together.
I definitely have plans to read more of Steinbeck's work. I won't be intimidated to try out Grapes of Wrath or any of his other offerings since I adored this one. Thank you to ALL who participated in this readalong! It's been so much fun chatting with you all!