East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
Review by parent Stefan Hildt.
I’m not much of a fiction reader, but out of desperation one day, I picked this up at home (friends passed on some books when they left Warsaw), started reading – and could not put it down. What a page-turner! I remember starting it when I was a kid and being impressed by the description of nature and scenery in California, but this time, the characters and storyline immediately hooked me. Cathy Ames must be one of the most evil characters ever thought-up. The story covers the whole mystery of life, good vs evil, right and wrong, and the power we have to make our own choices. It covers a fascinating period in American history from the civil war to WW1 and even gets across how the Model T Ford was the iPhone of the time (or vice versa?) A great introduction to American literature, by a Nobel Prize winner. For senior students.