The Garden of Eden
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 Côte 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...more
i still sometimes want to escape to live in this painfu...more
A young married couple vacations in the South of France (Eden?) They don't work (he writes) but just live in the moment, socializing in cafes, drinking wine and smoking. They seem to have no worries.
Over time they both become attracted to the same woman. The wife compulsively sits in the sun tanning, getting dar...more
The book is gorgeously written. Beautiful and wrenching is this story of two lovers. I enjoyed the development of the characters. I chuckled to myself as David would roll out of bed and make himself a drink. I've never seen s...more
"Be careful, he said to himself, it is all very well for you to write simply and the simpler the better. But do not start to think so damned simply. Know how complicated it is and then state it simply. Do you suppose the Grau du Roi time was all simple because you could write a little of it simply?"
I'm sure I'll have more to say lat...more
I adore the Hemingway canon top to bottom, even those weirdo bullfighting stories in Death in the Afternoon, and long ago came to terms with his manifold flaws as a person. But flaws outweigh brilliance here: the thing feels like it was written through a mist of fear and anger (towards women, fathers, homosexualit...more
"Goddamn it you took liberties with people's pasts and futures that produced not people but damned marvellously faked case histories."
"...I've always claimed that you can't think."
"Invention is the finest thing but you cant invent something that would not actually happen."
"Of all people on earth...more
Such a strange book, published posthumously, and one that I never would have guessed was written by Hemingway. It contains his clean prose, but his characters are wildly differ...more
The only downfall for Eden is the fact that it is an uncompleted work, and what happen...more
Baseado em factos reais acontecidos com o próprio Hemingway na Riviera f...more
I picked the book up thinking to read one of the classic masters of literature. Indeed, Hemingway is a very skilled author, in my estimation. His attention to det...more
"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know." -Marita
"It's a book you had to die to write and you had to be completely destroyed." -Catherine
"He treated evil like a...more
Set on the French Riviera, the book follows the erotic play of a writer and his new wife and what happens when their gender-bending games involve a young French woman.
Published posthumously and in a drastically shorter version than the drafts he left behind, GARDEN OF EDEN wasn't so critically embraced as the jacket copy would have you believe, but this is doing the reader a great disservice. I've never accepted the reigning idea that Hemingway was all about "male anxie...more
i would not read this book if you have not read any other hemingway.
according to the introduction, this work was not entirely finished at the time of hemingway's death. the second half was ready for print, but there were some gaps that were filled in in the beginning. at first i kind of thought i liked the beginning better, but t...more
David is try...more