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The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway
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Jun 18, 2010

it was ok
Read from June 16 to 18, 2010

Published posthumously from an unfinished and unedited Hemingway manuscript, the book was published in 1986 by Scribner in an edited edition, reduced from 800+ pages to about 250. Impossible to imagine what it would have been if Hemingway had chosen to finish it, edit it himself, and have it published. As it is, it's an odd little book. In the first half we see an unbalanced relationship between two newlyweds, with not much more than repetitive conversations about how they appear. The woman wants to change her sexual and gender identity. There is a lot of sex, showering, swimming, and drinking and not much else. Then more than halfway through the book the reader is abruptly given insight into the man's writing as he works on completing some semi-autobiographical stories. The back cover of my copy says the book is about the dangerous, erotic games they play when the woman and the man fall in love with the same woman. I think that statement is a total miss.

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