The Garden (Teen's Top 10 (Awards)) Hardcover – 1 April 2004
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- Hardcover : 403 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060556056
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060556051
- Product Dimensions : 13.34 x 3.81 x 18.42 cm
- Publisher : HarperTempest; First Edition First Printing (1 April 2004)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,274,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
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This telling of the story is much more sympathetic to Eve's side of it, portraying her as a lively and likeable creature, while others, such as God and Adam, are portrayed more critically.
God is shown to be quite petulent and authoritarian in personality while Adam, despite having nothing bad within him, ends up hurting Eve very badly when God commands it.
A very devoutly religious person may find this book slightly offensive as God, while acknowledged as the great and powerful creator, certainly has many faults; particularly in his need to control his world and allow nothing a free will of its own.
I would however certainly recommend this book to read. It is very sensitively and beautifully written in a way that gently pokes and prods at the inconsistencies of the bible and defends Eve in her decision to take the apple, as well as Adam and the Serpent who tempts her. It shows all the characters in the story in a much more human way, allowing all of them both good and bad sides of their personalities.
I'll also say that i couldn't put it down, and i ended up reading it all in one day.