Nate Meyvis


East of Eden

It’s the sort of book that makes one give up lowbrow and middlebrow literature for a while. It is everything an American novel should be, yet also reminds me of the Dostoevsky for unflinching psychological insight. It’s a deeply psychological book, full of descriptions of how exactly people are thinking, and with striking metaphors for thought that immediately seem exactly right, even obvious, and are no less striking for it. It’s the longest book I’ve ever read that didn’t seem very long.