East of Eden, John Steinbeck

 

I started East of Eden a few days ago. I keep hearing what a beautiful book it is, and so far, only a handful of pages in, I have to agree.

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“The baby was drunk

for two days and a half. Whatever may have happened in his developing brain, it proved beneficial to his metabolism: from that two and a half days he gained an iron health. And when at the end of three days his father finally went out and bought a goat, Adam drank the milk greedily, vomited, drank more, and was on his way. His father did not find the reaction alarming, since he was doing the same thing.”