Everyone knows James Dean…the rebel without a cause who lived fast and died young. One of his most famous movies is East of Eden, an adaptation of the book with the same title, written by John Steinbeck, and that is how I ended up wanting to read this book.
I had it on my desk for about a month, yet I could not get up the courage to pick it up and read it. Until late one night, when I got home, and I opened the book just to read a few pages while sitting at my desk, waiting for the computer to open so I could watch a movie.
After some time, I looked up from the book and realized that five hours had passed, and that night had turned into day. I just could not stop reading it…I needed to know what happens next…I needed to see the characters grow up and live their lives…I needed to know that good existed in them.
I finished the book in one sitting, being unable to let go of the feeling the book left me with for weeks after.
The book tells the story of one family in Salinas Valley California, from the point of view of three generations. The characters are divided in a very strict way, in fundamentally good people and people with more than questionable morals.
For me, the most important aspect of the book is the struggle of Cal with his own conviction that he belongs to the later and finally accepting himself for who he is.