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East of Eden

At fifteen, I was obsessed with East of Eden . . .
Maud Newton, posting on newcritics, raises the spectre of a Nobel prize winning writer.

2 Responses to “East of Eden”

  1. Tom M says:

    I assume you’re talking about the Steinbeck novel? I have never read it, though I did read his book ‘The Pearl’ and enjoyed that. Why did you like it so much? Maybe I should pick it up.

  2. john baker says:

    These two paragraphs are from the novel:

    I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents. Some you can see, misshapen and horrible, with huge heads or tiny bodies; some are born with no arms, no legs, some with three arms, some with tails or mouths in odd places. They are accidents and no one’s fault, as used to be thought. Once they were considered the visible punishments for concealed sins.

    And just as there are physical monsters, can there not be mental or psychic monsters born? The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or a malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?