One of my favorite little details about the Fort Collins music scene is that so many of the musicians here are readers. I have had more unscheduled discussions about books in my past year as a music blogger than I had in the last 4 years I spent in graduate school (where, yes, we discussed books, but usually in class, discussing books we were assigned to read).
Ravenmount began its life as a reading-journal, not a music blog, and I still read 100 or more books every year. So, starting today (my little brother’s 31st birthday) I am adding a books ‘column’ to Ravenmount, with a book post every day highlighting a book I think is worth reading.
Today’s book – East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck is one of my brother’s favorite authors, and this is my favorite Steinbeck novel. It follows two families in California whose paths are interwoven, at the same time an enlightening perspective on California’s past and a well-crafted allegorical tale based loosely on the Biblical story of Cain and Abel. This is a long, epic novel, but it doesn’t feel so long once you’re into it. The characters are complex and realistic, the plot keeps developing and twisting throughout the whole book, and while being entertained you may also learn a little bit about California’s history. Oh, and if you need more reason to read this book, plans are underway for a new East of Eden movie, so if you want to read the book before the movie hits the theaters, now is a great time to get started.