Virtue and Vice East of Eden
"And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good"- Lee
While this isn't a crucial line for the narrative of Steinbeck's East of Eden, it does give us a taste of the kind of moral playground he is dealing with. From men back from the civil war, broken families, devoted parents and children, the novel follows generations of families in the Salinas valley. Also, its the best book ever written (Dan wrote that). Seriously. It is about pure evil and bliss and greatness and God and pain, and the story is so intense and windy I don't know why they tried to make a move about it with James Dean. Don't watch that movie. It is awful. Do listen to this show, however, even if you haven't read the book. We don't give away spoilers, but rather we discuss ways in which this book can be read, understood, and is an archetype of the human story. Listen for commentary on the, or just the important ideas the book brings up. Enjoy the show!