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Q&A | February 27, 2014

Rene Denfeld: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Rene Denfeld

Describe your latest book. The Enchanted is a story narrated by a man on death row. The novel was inspired by my work as a death penalty... Continue »
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    The Enchanted

    Rene Denfeld 9780062285508


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East of Eden: John Steinbeck Centennial Edition (1902-2002) by John Steinbeck
East of Eden: John Steinbeck Centennial Edition (1902-2002)

Diane Rocha, January 4, 2012

This book still holds up after all these years and after the sixth read for me. This time I read it along with its companion, Journal of a Novel, the journal entries Steinbeck wrote to his friend and publisher, Pascal Covici, each day that he wrote E of E. Decades ago, when I read E of E the last time, the concept of Timshel changed my life. This reading deepened my understanding of that concept, so much so that I followed up with two volumes of literary criticism. I was stunned and dismayed at what I read. Some critics panned Steinbeck for his "sentimentalism," but I disagree. First and foremost, his writing is beautiful. He is able to take his reader along a journey with him through the Salinas valley such that we not only see it - we are there with him - breathing the air he breathed - gazing at the long valley and the mountains at which he gazed so long ago. And the story is enthralling. It is his story - his family's story - of love and betrayal - of wide-eyed innocence turned to despair - and redemption.

Read it. It may change your life too. If nothing else, you'll be transported back to a time and a place where life was so much simpler - basic - and far less traffic. : )
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