January's question from The Classics Club is - 'What is the best book you’ve read so far for The Classics Club — and why? Be sure to link to the post where you discussed the book! (Or, if you prefer, what is your least favorite read so far for the club, and why?)'
I have many favourites among the 20 I've read from my Classics Club list but I think 'the best' means something a bit different and my choice is.......
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
....because I think the author has achieved a perfect balance between all the main elements that go into the structure of a novel and it is masterful storytelling.
- The setting is more than a background. The Salinas Valley is vividly described and its growth and development over the years is an interesting story in itself.
- The characters , good and bad, are unforgettable.
- The story is powerful and compelling from beginning to end.
Sorry - no review link which is actually a sure sign of how much I loved East of Eden. I put off writing reviews when I know it's going to be a struggle to find the right words to express how I feel about a book.