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Adam & Eve: A Novel

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“This thriller is rich in brilliant discourses on religion, fanaticism, the meaning of ancient cave art, the speculative future, and love.”
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Sena Jeter Naslund, the New York Times bestselling author of Ahab’s Wife, Four Spirits, and Abundance explores both the dark nature of fundamentalism and the brightness of true faith in her dazzling novel, Adam & Eve
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2010)
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
One-sentence summary: Widow Lucy hides secret Biblical document from evil Abrahamic fundamentalists, meets mentally ill man, saves document, man, self. World?

Did... this book remind me of Dan Brown, Kate Mosse, and Paulo Coelho?: Yes, in a bad way.

Did... I talk about this book non-stop for the last two days?: Yes, so I suppose in that sense, it was a good book. I just talked smack about it, though.

Review: I didn't like this book -- but I should have. It has all the elements I typically enjoy:
Deborah Gray
I could have wept with disappointment at this book. When you consider that Ahab's Wife is one of my favourites, how much I wanted to like this! How hard I tried! I even gave it an extra star, just because I know this author is capable of so much more. I hate to disparage any author. I know well the time, effort, perseverence and sheer talent it takes to get a book into publication. Yet, all I could think during the interminable reading of this book is that she must have embarked on a long, long, ...more
Sep 05, 2010 Sharyl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 01, 2010 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swapped-donated
This book included a collection of very, very random things - a blue man, war, nudity, religious conflict, extraterrestrial life, a cheating spouse, a feral boy, cave paintings, sacred codex, a memory stick, a woman who is pilot, seamstress, artist and therapist, death by piano, fashion, a stone vulva, etc. It all comes together through the book, but not very well...and in a hard-to-believe way.

I loved "Ahab's Wife" and was lukewarm with "Abundance", this was the end of a downwards trend. I don'
Feb 29, 2012 Cherie rated it did not like it
I picked up this book from the library expecting an interesting read from a well-regarded novelist. I do enjoy books that analyze biblical themes and I am open-minded about the different perspectives and forms this can take. This book fell far short of my expectations and easily lands into the category of the worst books I have ever read. It suffers from inconsistent tone, flat characters,unconvincing dialogue, and a plot devoid of any real suspense or surprise.
The section of the novel that focu
Feb 12, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I will start by saying that Ahab's Wife is one of my favorite books, and my high expectations for this book might be the source of my loathing. It is rare that I choose a book and don't end up liking it, but I was so tired of this book by the time it was over! It has some very elegant and beautiful writing, but there was so much schmeared into each paragraph that to me it felt overly self-indulgent, contrived and self-important. The plot of the book could be condensed into a chapter (and I'm not ...more
Oct 11, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sena Jeter Nashlund’s latest, Adam & Eve defies description. Part adventure, part mystery, part romance, part thriller, part allegory; a story about religion, art, science, rebirth, and creation, it is nearly impossible to summarize. Due to the fact the Adam & Eve has a trilleresque feel the reader will feel compelled to race to the finish, to the conclusion of the story, however the beauty and true skill of Nashlund’s writing is in what is left unsaid, or better yet, unexplained. An exa ...more
Oct 29, 2010 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a little odd. I wouldn't recommend it for Sena Jeter Naslund's fans of straight historical fiction. It felt a little disjointed at the beginning and it's a strange mix of contemporary and speculative fiction with forays into art, religion, and a kind of thriller which I thought was the most unworkable part of the story. I like books that make me think about the big picture and I enjoyed the development of the characters. The portion of the book set in modern day Eden was the best pa ...more
May 28, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate to keep repeating the same comments, but the 'idea' of this story intrigued me, but ultimately turned out to be extremely strange, and unsatisfying.

I think my biggest problem with fiction/sci-fi books is that I was was weaned on "The Twilight Zone", "The Andromeda Strain", "Outer Limits", etc. The writers/storytellers, in the 1960's, were on burgeoning, unexplored territories, and put forth their thought-provoking ideas in such a way that I could not help but be drawn in. I would sit glu
...more (Kevin Bayer)
I'm not sure what to say about this book. The description sounded interesting so I gave it a chance (the description gave it a kind of Da Vinci Code kind of feel). It just didn't do it for me though.

A scientist discovers proof of extraterrestrial life. A discovery in the Holy Land of an ancient text that contradicts the biblical book of Genesis. A group from all three major religions that will stop at nothing to keep those secret. ...and a man (Adam) and woman (Lucy) that end up naked in a dese
Nov 11, 2010 Krysten rated it did not like it
This might actually be the worst book I've ever read.

Against my will, I liked Ahab's Wife. I liked it a lot, actually. So I read Abundance, and that was just so-so, but then Adam & Eve came out and I thought I'd give Sena Jeter Naslund another chance.

What the hell!

It was truly insulting to my intelligence. It tried very hard to be allegorical, and the characters were absurd, and the plot sucked ASS. At some point it devolved into a Dan Brown-esque thriller of illiterate proportions. It calle
Aug 10, 2011 Laura added it
"I hope Adam & Eve will not be read as a straight realistic novel. It moves in metaphoric ways. In some ways it is a sort of fable, though I stop short of letting the animals talk. To enjoy the novel, don't expect brick-and-mortar logic. Hang loose and swing imaginatively into the events and settings. The story is partly a dance of ideas."

The quote above is from the P.S. interview with Seta Jeter Naslund at the back of the copy of the book that I received, and it is a quote that helped me i
Oct 15, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the oldest stories ever told, that of Adam and Eve, gets a unique remake of sorts in Sena Jeter Naslund's Adam & Eve.

Lucy is in Amsterdam for a scientific conference with her husband Thom, an astrophysicist of renown, who tells Lucy that he has proof of extraterrestrial life. He gives Lucy a memory stick that contains all of his evidence.

Thom is killed by a falling piano, and Lucy is devastated. Still grieving her loss three years later, Lucy is invited to welcome scientists to a conf
Sep 22, 2010 Trishnyc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In 2017, Lucy Bergmann is walking to meet her husband for lunch when right before her, a piano that was being hoisted up a window falls and kills him. She is traumatized and floats around in grief for about three years. In 2020 she is invited to speak at an event honoring her husband and while on this trip she meets a scientist who was also acquainted with her husband. He asks her to transport a scroll that is of great importance to the world because its revelations will forever alter the three ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Lucy Bergmann's husband Thom, is a brilliant physicist who is searching for life on other planets in the near future. He is killed in the opening chapter of the book, and we're led to believe that religious nuts who didn't want his discoveries published might have been behind his death. A few years later, Lucy herself is being pursued by a group of religious nuts as she transports an ancient document that will cast a new light on the story of Genesis.

I do love Sena Jeter Naslund. I really do. I
Oct 21, 2010 Jess rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
So completely unsatisfying. I was ready to give up about two thirds of the way through, but figured I should finish since I'd already invested that much time in it. It reads like...nothing else I can think of. It's intentionally over the top at points - a man killed by a falling piano, two Americans stranded in an Eden-esque garden in the Middle East, ancient cave paintings, plane crashes, you get the picture. But none of those elements ever really come together to create any meaningful whole. I ...more
David Fox
Aug 17, 2014 David Fox rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Lost in the Garden of Eden

Amidst a cluttered landscape of radical creationists & paranoid rabbis living in the shadows of martyred relatives, Naslund's characters lamely weave a twisted tale of Adam searching for Eve in Lewis Carrol's Wonderland. Yes, this book is as warped as this opening paragraph. Naslund attempts to blend Dan Brown mystical elements with new age treatments of Genesis interspersed with dollops of bad cops & robbers. Adam didn't know if he was Adam or Harry searching f
Freda Labianca
Jan 15, 2016 Freda Labianca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a long read, even though it was fairly short in pages, I felt I had a tough time making it through.
I can say that I appreciate the words the author used to write with. I may not have enjoyed what the words told, but I did enjoy how it was put together. Sena writes very eloquently, enough so that I can't help but wonder if she talks that way too.
I couldn't connect with the story at all though. The characters well great, but I really didn't have any similarities to them and their story.
Once this story got started, I sunk into it like a good fairy tale. I liked the idea of the Eden-like area for Adam and Lucy to recover in, healing both physical and emotional wounds. The foreshadowing of the end of the perceived magic in their Eden coincides, of course, with the intrusion of the outside world; you can see it coming, but Ms. Naslund carries you through it nicely.

I was anticipating the big reveal at the end of the novel but was disappointed and left feeling kind of flat. Until t
Sep 06, 2010 Mara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, religion
I had high hopes for this book, because I've enjoyed Naslund's previous books, especially Ahab's Wife and Abundance. Unfortunately, this book was a grave disappointment. It seems like Naslund was trying to do something a little different with Adam & Eve. The result is dialogue filled with non-sequiturs, plot points that are left dangling, and characters who say and do things with no apparent motivation or that are directly at odds with what they have said and done previously (with no account ...more
Jill Koren
I think this is a very ambitious book. It caused me to think deeply about many things, including cave paintings and religious dogma, about which I might not otherwise have thought deeply. As a whole, however, it did not cohere. As I finished it, I couldn't help but think of Dorothy Parker's line about throwing the novel with great force, for that is exactly what I had the urge to do. So while there were many wonderful things about this novel, I was ultimately disappointed. Which made me sad, sin ...more
Kelley Heaney
Aug 01, 2011 Kelley Heaney rated it it was ok
I wish I had good things to say about this story since I really enjoyed Ahab's Wife but this was not what I considered to be a good book. It was confusing, but not in a way that would make the reader really ponder what was being said or meant. The boy in the garden was strange, Adam was strange. The other pilot was strange (I don't even remember his name). The reader didn't feel the characters or what they were experiencing. There was no anticipaiting what would happen next. Quite frankly the on ...more
Jessie J
Nov 26, 2010 Jessie J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think this novel was as magnificent as Ahab's Wife, but I love to be cradled along with Naslund's language, and I hadn't read anything of hers since AW. The story was fine; I kept picturing my current celebrity crush (Lee Pace) as Adam, so it was fun. I also liked the fact that she wrote part of it while living in my town, and I could pick out the references she might have inserted because of it. But it is her language that draws me, so I will remember to seek out more of her novels, as ...more
Jun 19, 2014 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writer has great intellect and a flair for writing beautiful prose, but the story itself, didn't live up to my expectations. I love books about religion that encourage questioning of traditional interpretations, yet the book didn't deliver on that promise. To me, the idea of finding an alternate version of Genesis was so appealing, yet it was a minor subplot. In the end, I was hoping for a grand reveal of how this codex was going to change the world, yet the actual content of the codex fell ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is a relief to realize that I am not alone in my disliking Naslund’s latest book, Adam and Eve. After reading and loving Ahab’s Wife, I carefully selected Adam and Eve as my Early Reviewer pick, and was thrilled to receive it. However, I ended up confused and baffled by Naslund’s variegated and seemingly unrelated plotlines. There is too much going on.[return][return]There are three main plots here: extraterrestrial life has been discovered, and Lucy, our protagonist, holds the key to that ar ...more
Lauran Lansdon
I read this because the story sounded intriguing and I am also a fan of the author. It started off very interesting - wow, someone is killed by a falling piano and there's life other than on Earth - you want to know more about that. And Lucy and Thom were interesting characters. But it started to drag for me about halfway through the Garden of Eden section and on to the end.
I think the book was about presenting a case to the reader that there are alternative ways of looking at our creation and t
Oh, my, there are so many layers to this book I don't even know where to start. It's a love story. It's an adventure story. It's a mystery. It's psychological suspense. It's
a thriller. It's magical. It's gritty. It's about religion. It's about science. It's about the past. It's about the future. There is art. There is murder. There is profound innocence. There is evil. It is a compelling, confusing, contemplative, page-turning, wondrous read.
Rod Raglin
Nov 09, 2014 Rod Raglin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This novel begins with a piano falling on a man and killing him. The piano is being hoisted into the window of a third-storey apartment, being too large to fit in an elevator or negotiate the stairwells.

In hindsight this should have tipped me off. Why would someone be standing under a piano? Wouldn’t the sidewalk be cordoned off? I mean most people won’t walk under a ladder, but this character stood under a piano being hoisted up three storeys?

I kept on reading because the plot sounded fascinati
Mar 02, 2015 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel is set in the near future (2020 AD). The parts of the plot which take place in "civilization" hinge on the discovery by a scientist of proof of extraterrestrial life, and the discovery by an academician of an alternative ancient codex containing an alternative text to Genesis. A secret society of Christians, Jews and Muslims attempts to suppress these discoveries. These portions of the plot are juxtaposed with highly allegorical sections in which two of the main characters survive in ...more
A would be thriller is not Naslund's forte. The story definitely has its moments and Naslund will keep your attention. I admit it, a grand piano as a murder weapon has a wild Gahan Wilson feel about it. On the level of rationality this book's about a half bubble off plumb. Naslund's best still remains in "Ahab's Wife."
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Sena Jeter Naslund is the New York Times best-selling author of five novels, including Ahab's Wife (1999) and Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette (HarperCollins, 2006). She is currently Distinguished Teaching Professor and Writer in Residence at the University of Louisville and program director of the Spalding University brief-residency Master in Fine Arts in Writing. Recipient of the Harper Le ...more
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