- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Flamingo; (Reissue) edition (5 Dec. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006546943
- ISBN-13: 978-0006546948
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.6 x 13.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,794,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Garden of Eden (Flamingo modern classics) Paperback – 5 Dec 1994
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"Hemingway's farewell, mannered, thrilling, spoiled, pure, loyal to its monumental maker and itself and with no knowledge of coming darkness." -- James Salter, "The Washington Post Book World"
"Hemingway gives you the look and feel of places, the sensuous brilliance of the world's offerings, the excitement of complex relationships, the precision of a hunt or a breakfast, the tensions of sexual intrigue . . . In short, "The Garden of Eden" is a feast." -- Richard Stern, "Chicago Tribune Books"
"A miracle, a fresh slant on the old magic." -- John Updike, "The New Yorker" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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 :)
As entertaining as any romance, though much more provocative, this book is a masterpiece (despite the controversy surrounding it).
The novel has a filigree feel to it; the arcs between the writer-character's working life and emotional life seem unresolved. Maybe that is deliberate, showing the writer processing long-stored emotions about his father while accumulating new ones. But I still feel David Bourne's acceptance of his new wife's manic behaviour is unconvincing, undermining the fact of the recent marriage. After all, the narrative focus often moves to close third-person past tense, centred on David, with frequent use of first-person thoughts. Given this viewpoint approach, too much seems missing.
I understand the novel has been carved from a longer, incomplete manuscript. I'd like to think that in the stripped, or unwritten material, would be a mirror through which better to see the three protagonists: David, Catherine (his wife) and Marita (their shared lover). Similarly, the ending seems to elevate the writer-arc over the contemporaneous love-triangle arc. Was that the ultimate intention of the author?
The more specific evocation of the Mediterranean location is beautifully rendered, mostly through now-unfashionably long sentences, and with an effective use of repetition. The erotic passages are masterful, described through cues rather than explicit language. The dialogue is also brilliant, capturing intimacy and madness.
I found the blending of the short-story writing with the main narrative to be technically excellent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am at a loss to understand the praise this book has received. As you probably know, the book was not published during Hemingway's lifetime and I can understand why. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JRE
A simply stunning read. Magnificently poignant and tragically left unfinished. From the pieced together scraps that we have here, we can see what may well have been Hemingway's... Read morePublished 20 months ago by loophole92
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 morePublished on 6 July 2014 by CiderProvider
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 morePublished on 9 Nov. 2013 by SocialBookshelves.com
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 writersPublished on 10 May 2013 by Rich
An interesting book, a little bit boring in the first part. But for the rest a good bookPublished on 2 April 2010 by Sabrina Fedato
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 morePublished on 25 Aug. 1999
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 morePublished on 12 July 1999