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Gates Of Eden by Ethan Coen
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Mar 18, 10


It would be nice when reviewing this book to divorce Ethan Coen the author from Ethan Coen the filmmaker, but that is very hard to do. A great many of these stories feel like sketches for some hard-boiled movie spoof (one with lots of gangsters and detectives), while others are transcripts of dialogue or simply monologues. There are only one or two tales that feel like short stories in their own right, totally separate from the silver screen – but even they don’t live long in the memory. The tone throughout is glib rather than witty, and as a whole this collection is a disappointment.
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