Good to hear, didn't finish Post Office even though it felt like a fast read. I'm not sure what the issue was. I'm not one who really values plot, so I don't think the fact that it felt a bit plotless was the issue. I might try it again at some point.Ham on Rye is much better, less of a rant but still a very angry and bitter person writing. Now I'm hooked in.
I have Ham on Rye too, so I might check that out some time soon after reading your thoughts.
East of Eden is my main read at the moment, really enjoying it. About half way through and it all just seems to flow smoothly. Tell you what, Steinbeck had a way with opening chapters that I've not seen before, starts with something vague and broad, and then ties it into the story.
Wonder how this comparison was received back in the 50s:
"The church and the whorehouse arrived in the Far West simultaneously. And each would have been horrified to think it was a different facet of the same thing. But surely they were both intended to accomplish the same thing: the singing, the devotion, the poetry of the churches took a man out of his bleakness for a time, and so did the brothels."