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Ernest Hemingway , Patrick Wilson
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13 Oct 2011
A sensational bestseller when it appeared in 1986, The Garden of Eden is the last uncompleted novel of Ernest Hemingway, which he worked on intermittently from 1946 until his death in 1961. Set on the Cote d'Azur in the 1920s, it is the story of a young American writer, David Bourne, his glamorous wife, Catherine, and the dangerous, erotic game they play when they fall in love with the same woman. "A lean, sensuous narrative...taut, chic, and strangely contemporary," The Garden of Eden represents vintage Hemingway, the master "doing what nobody did better" (R. Z. Sheppard, Time).

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  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (13 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857204602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857204608
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899. His father was a doctor and he was the second of six children. Their home was at Oak Park, a Chicago suburb.

In 1917, Hemingway joined the Kansas City Star as a cub reporter. The following year, he volunteered as an ambulance driver on the Italian front, where he was badly wounded but decorated for his services. He returned to America in 1919, and married in 1921. In 1922, he reported on the Greco-Turkish war before resigning from journalism to devote himself to fiction. He settled in Paris where he renewed his earlier friendships with such fellow-American expatriates as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Their encouragement and criticism were to play a valuable part in the formation of his style.

Hemingway's first two published works were Three Stories and Ten Poems and In Our Time but it was the satirical novel, The Torrents of Spring, that established his name more widely. His international reputation was firmly secured by his next three books; Fiesta, Men Without Women and A Farewell to Arms.

He was passionately involved with bullfighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing and his writing reflected this. He visited Spain during the Civil War and described his experiences in the bestseller, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

His direct and deceptively simple style of writing spawned generations of imitators but no equals. Recognition of his position in contemporary literature came in 1954 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.

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"A miracle, a fresh slant on the old magic." -- John Updike, "The New Yorker" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Simply-told though filled with dark implications, this lean-but-lyrical gem is as strong as vintage Hemingway. In this posthumously-published novel, Papa explores the many manifestations of desire as it excites, inspires, nurtures & drives us mad--often all at once. Set in the 1920's on the Cote d'Azur, it chronicles the honeymoon of David Bourne, a writer, & his lovely, impulsive wife Catherine. As her strange compulsions take her on a slide toward either freedom or insanity, David struggles to follow her and still practice his chosen craft. Soon after another woman enters their relationship, the struggle becomes one for control of David's art through his love for both Catherine & Marita, the newcomer. This is a love-triangle with three complete sides (as they pair & repair), and how each of these characters chooses to resolve their struggle belies the more prurient aspects of the book: this is less erotica than a story of how the dark & bright sides of desire inform lives, how they empower & weaken us, and how love may not be enough--even 'true' love.
As entertaining as any romance, though much more provocative, this book is a masterpiece (despite the controversy surrounding it).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and startlingly modern 21 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
the only reason this novel doesn't get 5 stars from me is the abrupt "ending" of the novel in the last few pages. still, i wish there were half stars so i could give it 4 1/2.
hemingway tells the story of the subleties and complexities of human sexuality set across a vividly beautiful backdrop of europe. it's surprising that in this so-called "individualist" day and age, we still feel the need to stick labels onto everyone and everything. this novel is not about lesbians, or homosexuality, for neither Catherine nor her husband nor their lover could possibly be described by either of those words.
They were human, too complex for the categories we still put people into: not heterosexual, not homosexual. People, with varying degrees of desires and wants. Hemingway did a wonderful job of portraying this and the effects that these desires/wants had on the surrounding people. It is also about a descent into madness, about selfishness vs. self-destruction, about the games people play with their own and each other's emotions.
There are no stereotypes or cardboard cutouts here. Perhaps that is why some people find this novel not to their taste. It is not meant to be a comfortable read.
The only downside to the story is that the entire novel reads almost languidly along at a pace befitting the slow beautiful surroundings. But the end of the novel accelerates and then stops abruptly, jarring you back into the real world only to leave you asking, "and then what?" then again maybe that's what hemingway intended.
i would recommend this book to anyone except those that are so narrow-minded they can't get past the sexuality issue.
if anyone wants to discuss this or other hemingway books with me, feel free to send me an e-mail :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 3 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book was a posthumous cut and paste job that took decades to edit down from the thousands of pages of Hemingway's manuscript, so I was expecting EDEN to be mediocre at best. But I was amazed to find it a wonderfully moving and graceful novel. Not much happens throughout, but what does happen is executed with such subtlety and artistry, that it makes for captivating reading. Harold Bloom--America's most famous and respected literary critic--put THE GARDEN OF EDEN on his list of Hemingway's masterpieces, and he only put four books on that list (the other three are A FAREWELL TO ARMS, THE SUN ALSO RISES, and COMPLETE SHORT STORIES).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This novel was intriguing, frightening and one of the most sensual books that I have ever read. The book could also be catagorized as a suspense novel, as this emotionally flawed and physically beautiful couple were so volatile and daring. I felt as if Hemmingway had allowed his Katherine of "A Farewell to Arms" to come back to life and live without rules or mortality. The tragedy of this relationship haunted me during the reading and for weeks after.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE Best 23 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I would just like to say for the people who have not read the book, to go and read it. This was my first Hemingway story that I have read, and I got hooked. After that I could get enough of Hemingway. If you like to read, this book is a MUST on your list!
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the unfinished more is left said. 21 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The usual foibles of Hemingways style are still present in this never completed novel but perhaps cracks are visible in his defensive distance. It is these cracks that make this an interesting excursion for the reader familiar with his body of work. I myself feel that some of the fragility that may have been edited out of his work usually this time remains to add a more balanced tone. One of his richer works for its imperfections. The struggle with issues of sexuality raise themselves further to the surface than the old man of the sea may have liked - you can often ask yourself exactly how finished he himself thought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent work; subtle and powerful. 6 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
What a marvelous work! I just returned from a business trip in Europe and after reading The Garden of Eden, was compelled to visit the Cote d' Azur and take a holiday. I am sure that much has changed since Hemingway was there 75 years ago, but sitting along the canal in the Grau du Roi having grilled sea bass, looking into the Mediterranean was unforgettable. Read this brilliant book and feel the power of one of America's premier writers. When your through, you may even find yourself in the Riviera working on your tan, drinking a whiskey and Perrier.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious.
I found the characters vacuous, infantile and trivial. At a quarter of the way through, on finding it extremely repetitive and dull (including highlights as thrilling as haircut 1... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ernest Hemingway - The Garden of Eden | Review
The Garden of Eden has a bit of history to it - it's Hemingway's second posthumous novel, published in 1986, 25 years after the writer's suicide by shotgun. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
5.0 out of 5 stars This writer offer another quality publication
Why did I not start reading Hemmingway earlier in my life , just a pleasure read from cover to cover - a must for all avid readers of quality writers
Published 15 months ago by Rich
4.0 out of 5 stars A broken triangle.
From what is in this posthumously-released novel, the period of the honeymoon setting was not obvious to me. I eventually settled on the mid-fifties. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2010 by Fusionfan
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting
An interesting book, a little bit boring in the first part. But for the rest a good book
Published on 2 April 2010 by Sabrina Fedato
5.0 out of 5 stars A SEXY MODERN NOVEL THAT'S REFRESHINGLY DIFFERENT
A posthumous work, possibly Hemingway's finest achievment. This tender love story about a torrid triangular relationship is unlike any of his better known books. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2002 by Kelvin MacGregor
5.0 out of 5 stars A brillant work that needs to be savored not read
With this work Hemingway created a rich, vivid textual peice. This is a work that does not need to be gulped down all at once. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars the garden of eden indeed
This was the most amazing book I have ever read. even now, more than a year after having first read it I keep thinking of it. Read more
Published on 12 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A very different book by Hemingway
This a beautiful book, brilliantly told, with sharp, vivid sketches about a man woman relationship, an unusual subject for Hemingway. Read more
Published on 23 May 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Very poor taste
The book was to strange to the point where I almost had to put it down.
Published on 17 May 1999
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