I missed the second check in because I was behind, so I’m combining 2 and 3 into my review of this epic EPIC book.
Questions from Part 2:
1. What do you think of the characters’ growth and/or change in this section? Specifically, Adam, Cathy/Kate, and Lee have all had some big things happen.
I kind of wanted to slap Adam, punch Cathy, and hug Lee.
2. Lee is quickly becoming an important and insightful character. What do you think of his insights and his thoughts on language and his ethnicity?
I LOOOOOOVE LEE. I love everything about Lee and his story. I love the examinations of race and religion and even family through Lee. Through Lee (on the Trask side of the story), I feel we truly see what family can be. It isn’t always blood that ties us together.
3. The Cain and Abel and the importance of narrative continues to take on more prominence. How so?
4. How do you perceive Samuel now that he’s gone? Was he just a device for delivering advice?
I MISS HIM!!!!! He was a device for delivering advice, but he also helped further the story. Without him, those boys would have NEVER had names. And he’s the one who lead Adam to Cathy the evil b!tch.
5. Cathy/Kate…expound. There will probably be one of these at every checkpoint because OMGthatwoman.
That sums it up pretty well I think; OMGthatwoman.
Questions from Part 3:
1. What do you think of the twins since they’ve grown up quite a bit? They seem to take after both Adam and Charles. How do you explain that? My book club had fun with some theories recently.
Can I just say I adore Cal? BECAUSE I ADORE CAL. Because Cal is like, the ONLY, balanced character in this book. Unlike Adam and Aron, he’s not all good, and unlike Charles and Cathy, he’s not all bad. And he doesn’t really seem to want to embrace either ideal!
2. Any surprises in this section? Lee, Dessie and Tom, Adam’s business dealings? Just some ideas.
Adam’s business dealings were a surprise because I was all WTF are you doing Adam? It came out of left field and left right field. And then, poor Cal, went and made that money for Adam and WHAT DID THAT JERK DO but throw in back in his face? I never saw what Cal did as particularly bad. That’s just business.
Aron’s turn was surprising too. It almost felt like suicide.
3. Ugh, Kathy/Cate. Is there anything redeemable about this woman?
Oh hell no. There is no redeeming that woman. I don’t know if she thought leaving her money to JUST ARON was a good enough apology, in her misguided demented little diseased brain, but oh hell no. Not good enough.
My further thoughts are for the audio. If you ever consider reading this book, I highly recommend the audio. Richard Poe was amazing. He really brought the book alive and dude, I don’t know if I would have made it without him.
For more insights on East of Eden, please see the collected posts over at The Estella Society. And join us for the next read, coming soon!