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Leaving Eden

2.95 of 5 stars 2.95  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Leaving Eden brilliantly brings to life the moment in our history when man-and woman-turned their backs on ancient laws in order to strike out in independence. Na'amah, Adam's daughter by his first wife Lilith, tells of the passing of the ancient Goddess and the birth of the new God.

When Lilith returns to her clan to reclaim Adam after a long absence, young Na'amah is thr
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 10th 2000 by Forge Books (first published July 2nd 1999)
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This disappointing book explores the Adam/Eve/Lilith myth. Chamberlin tries to apply anthropology and create a real-world situation in which the Biblical/pre-Biblical tale of Lilith and Adam could have conceivably happened. However, Chamberlin only uses anthropology to fiddle with the character's ages and the story drifts between realism and fantasy poorly, as Lilith and her daughter (who is also the narrator) become omniscient, immortal folk while Adam and Eve are mere humans who rape the earth ...more
Disappointing execution of a promising premise. At times clever, more often too clever, even more often superficial & irritatingly New Agey. In addition to the New Age ecology, there's cloying feminism, with Eve giving up the traditional solidarity among women for submission to Adam's will.
Leaving Eden starts out interesting, but the ending comes out of left field in my opinion.
An evolutionary version of Adam and Eve including Lilith.
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