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text 2018-08-12 08:42
My Sunday reading plan
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
The Mitford Murders - Jessica Fellowes

I think I have to read another book alongside East of Eden. I´ve gotten the feeling that this might be a hard hitting read. Cathy freaks me out and I don´t even think I have seen the worst of her. And no, it doesn´t mean I don´t like the book. I really do. I just have to read something a bit more lighthearted every now and then.

 

I have choosen The Mitford Murders as the book that has to do the deed. I have never read a book by any of the Mitford Sisters and I don´t know much about the family either, so I don´t know much about the Mitfords themselves. Which might be a good thing in regards to this book. Let´s see how I will get along with it.

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text 2018-08-11 16:30
Reading progress update: I've read 91 out of 602 pages.
East of Eden - John Steinbeck

Okay, the introduction to the character of Cathy Ames has been slightly disturbing.

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text 2018-08-10 20:52
Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 602 pages.
East of Eden - John Steinbeck

This might be an 800 pages novel disguised in an edition with 600 pages. The fond is tiny in this Penguin Modern Classics edition. I´m a little bit intimidated by that.

 

I´m not very far into the story, but there is certainly something special to Steinbeck´s writing:

 

When a child first catches adults out - when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not have devine intelligence, that their judgements are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just - his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is nothing sure about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter and sink deeply into green muck. It´s a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child´s world is never quite whole again. It´s an aching kind of growing.

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review 2018-03-03 00:50
Of Mice and Men -- buddy read with a young man
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

I just reread this with my nephew - a buddy read. I was reminded how much I loved this book years ago. It's a short and somewhat simple story that leaves me aching and questioning myself about ethics and morals and what, exactly, does "right or wrong" mean? Lenny is one of the most endearing figures I've ever read. George can seem so brilliant in comparison, but he is also just a simple guy, doing his level best to figure out what is right in a difficult situation. Both men steal my heart.

 

It's not a simple book, not by a long shot. It just reads simply. The implications are huge. Amazing how Steinbeck could bring up so many questions in a two-hour read.

 

I've made up my mind about this book, but it's one everyone should deal with on their own.

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review 2017-12-20 13:28
The Pastures of Heaven - John Steinbeck

The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck
Love hearing how this book came about and how he achieved writing it.
Starts in very old days of 1700's and the book explains who founded the area and who lived in the house through the centuries til Monroe's move in.
Love explanations of words as they appear, informative.
Enjoy the different households and the things that are important to them in this town.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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