I finished Steinbeck?s East Of Eden last night and I?ll confess I was inspired to re-read my favourite book for about the fifth time because I?d heard that Oprah had picked it for her book club. All I know about Oprah I’ve gleaned from the front pages of cheap magazines that I’ve gazed at while waiting in line at the 7-11 so I know very little about her but I agree with the O girl on this one – this is one mighty tome.
Which brings me to one sentence from East Of Eden that has given me much hope in recent weeks: ?It occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue is immortal.?
If you think you are a human being I beg you to read East Of Eden. It?s a wonderful tale, easy to read and full of life and frightening darkness. Though they are just characters on a page I think Samuel Hamilton and Adam Trask?s servant Lee are two of the most special souls I have ever come across.