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The Garden of Eden UNABRIDGED Audio CD Audio CD – Audiobook, 13 Oct 2011
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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 change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954.
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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. And within those sections, the writer-David reveals the importance of mining the truth of feelings surrounding events, the truth not as it subsequently becomes but as it was perceived at the time.
To a layered novel I wonder whether should be read at all - given its lack of polish - I suspect I will be returning many times to peer ever-harder through the gauze.
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