I really enjoyed this book.

I really enjoyed this book. It's weird it isn't mentioned often when discussing long novels that are essential reading (moby dick, infinite jest,count of monte cristo, etc.)

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  1. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think neither Monte Cristo nor Infinite Jest are essential reads, but I do agree that East of Eden is a real page turner. Sadly Grapes never managed to grab a hold of me like EoE did.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Really? EoE is an all time favorite of mine, but I just picked up Grapes of Wrath for the first time last year and almost liked it more.

  2. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    i quite enyoed it for what it was but thought it wasnt exactly the most well-written thing ever compared to a masterpiece of world literature like moby dick

  3. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because Steinbeck was a socialist homosexual.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      temporarily embarrassed millionaire homosexual

  4. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Sometimes I like to smell my own poo

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah that’s what I was trying to get at. No one can say he’s a bad writer and he certainly has a high batting average, but he doesn’t have that instantly recognizable style that the great writers have. He reminds me of Dickens (also underrated here) in that they aren’t quite “highbrow” nor are they genre. They are the best of the average, or the worst of the best. I’m struggling to put into words but maybe you get the idea

      I know that feel bro

      that mice one was really sad fr.. I don't like it

      The mice and man really puts the cherry on top of it

  5. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think it's because Grapes of Wrath is "the" Steinbeck book, so it kinda overshadows his other works in terms of popularity, just like how Moby Dick overshadows Clarel.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      I thought of mice and men is the first thing people think about when Steinbeck is mentioned

  6. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    When he introduced two brothers whose names start with C and A, I unironically put the book away in disgust

  7. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Steinbeck is in Philip Roth territory where everything he wrote is at least good, but they don’t have that one book that puts them over the top. Steinbeck is closer though bc of OMAM, EOE, and TGOW. He’s got that Salinas Valley vibe which is cool though. Honestly he’s a pretty under appreciated writer here, maybe because he is seen as high school core and the whole socialist thing. Cannery Row is fun book. I can’t tell if it is super depressing or super lighthearted. It’s kinda both

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Honestly he’s a pretty under appreciated writer here
      I'd say it's probably because he didn't do anything very exciting with his writing. He's a great writer and wrote some fantastic novels, but rightfully gets overshadowed by 20th century greats like Faulkner and Joyce who did some interesting things with their writing. Another factor is that you can't really meme about his books without having read them like you can with writers like Joyce, so a large amount of posters are immediately alienated.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah that’s what I was trying to get at. No one can say he’s a bad writer and he certainly has a high batting average, but he doesn’t have that instantly recognizable style that the great writers have. He reminds me of Dickens (also underrated here) in that they aren’t quite “highbrow” nor are they genre. They are the best of the average, or the worst of the best. I’m struggling to put into words but maybe you get the idea

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          I still can't tell if I like or loathe Dickens. I find his characters to be really shallow and caricaturesque and his plots outlandish but there's just something about his descriptive atmosphere that lures you in and transports you into his world.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            The best things about a writer or book can’t be put into words or explained, and if you can, it cheapens it

            What? Dickens isn't considered highbrow? He wrote some of the best prose the English language has ever seen.
            >Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards, and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats. Fog in the eyes and throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little prentice boy on deck. Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog all round them, as if they were up in a balloon, and hanging in the misty clouds.

            I personally consider him “highbrow” but many see him as children’s lit or advanced YA.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            >I personally consider him “highbrow” but many see him as children’s lit or advanced YA
            I know what you mean, but that's a somewhat funny statement to read after having read Bleak House recently.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            I’m an older anon and when I was in 4-6th grade there was some type of reading thing where you’d get points if you read a book and passed a quiz. More difficult books had a higher point total. If you got so many points by the end of the year you’d get an ice cream party. Some of the books with the highest points total were Moby Dick and David Copperfield. Most were generic children’s lit. Thinking now, it blows my mind that those two books they expected 10-12 year olds to read and understand, not to mention the length

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          What? Dickens isn't considered highbrow? He wrote some of the best prose the English language has ever seen.
          >Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards, and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats. Fog in the eyes and throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little prentice boy on deck. Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog all round them, as if they were up in a balloon, and hanging in the misty clouds.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Where would you recommend a person start with Dickens?

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            A Tale of Two Cities. You'll immediately know if you like Dickens or not in about 5 chapters.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            The tip.

  8. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    that mice one was really sad fr.. I don't like it

  9. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Is Cathy the best representation of women in an American novel?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      don't be an i word,most of women are not like that

  10. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    East of Eden is the most solid book I've ever read. A masterpiece of pacing. His other stuff has too much of "why am i listening to these bums argue over who drank the last beer or some shit" and in East of Eden it's clear that everything the sun touches is in the valley is an inescapable battle of good versus evil in the rise and fall of the multiple generations of these two families. Also old Chinese guy is cool. Sentence to sentence it is incredibly well written.

  11. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    How long did it take you to read it?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Somewhere between 2-3 weeks but I've had a lot of free time at work as of late

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        it tooke me like 1 month and half.

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