Thursday, May 19, 2011

east of eden.

I just finished reading the book East of Eden by John Steinbeck yesterday, which is Aaron's all-time favorite book and which he's been trying to get me to read ever since we started dating almost 4 years ago. When I first started it I actually thought I'd have a hard time getting through it and the 600 pages seemed like a daunting task, but after I got to page 25 the only thing I wanted to do for 5 days straight was read this book. So I did. I finished it last night and I still can't stop thinking about it! Some parts really tore at my heartstrings and a few tears were most definitely shed, but I've never read anything like it and it is really truly honestly an incredible book.

Last month I read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, and as I was reading East of Eden I couldn't help but notice the similarities between the two. By the end I was convinced that both books were written for the same [general] purpose--to teach the reader that we have the power to change and make our own choices.

Next up is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Really excited for this one. :)

"We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice has always a fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is." (p. 413 of East of Eden by John Steinbeck)

9 comments:

  1. east of eden is clint's favorite book too. i still need to read it.

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  2. I'm dying to take that chair with me to a wedding and use it to photograph a great pair of shoes. That chair makes everything look good (:

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  3. I started reading 7 habits five years ago and didn't make it past page 10 but I have been wanting to read it ever since. Thank you for the motivation...maybe I will start tonight? :)

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  4. I should really read East of Eden, especially now that it comes recommended so highly!

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  5. i will put east of eden on my list! i'm intrigued! my fave book lately has been 'any human heart'..so good!

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  6. I'm going to go pick it up from my library tonight! Thanks for the recommendation!!

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  7. WHIT! Did I know you finished 7 Habits?? I should really read East of Eden... P.S. LOVE that CHAIR! LOVE the new blog design! Pretty jealous really... P.S.S. Can't wait to see you tonight! P.S.S.S. You should make a headboard...I have a few ideas. Let's discuss tonight.

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  8. I haven't read either! They're both on my list :) Maybe this summer I'll get some time to lounge at the beach and get lost in my book collection!
    Star Hughes Living

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