Their expulsion from the Garden is only the beginning: Eve and Adam have to find their way past recriminations and bitterness, to construct a new life ...more
I was recently reminded of how much I enjoyed reading David Maine's first book, The Preservationist, and so I went out and picked up everything he's written since. The Fallen didn't disappoint - I love his writing. His style is wry and sparce. In this novel he tells the story backwards, beginning with Cain on his deathbed and ending with Adam and Even's banishment from the garden. I ...more
At first, I hated this book. I did not want to read it and I thought it was awful. About 1/2 way through it became bearable. Towards the end I appreciated what he was trying to do. This story is told in reverse chronological order. By going in reverse chronological order, a boring 2000 year old tale that everyone knows became intriguing. Instead of going in a ...more
It is an engaging bit of storytelling. The main characters are all given personalities, and rather distinct ones at that. Adam is wishy-washy ...more
Resentment of God and his will are perfectly legitimate emotions. He's not that great.
A second race of people, not descendants of Adam, suddenly appear as spouses for the sons of Adam, but their mysterious origin is never explained. Wondering then how their descendants happen to qualify for the blood/grace of the Last Adam? A good storyteller knows that when you're working with a limited cast, you can't suddenly pop people out of ...more
And, even if the story was told in real time sequence, I'm not sure I would have been crazy about the book.
Interestingly, predation and sex mark the differences between life in the Garden and life afterwards. ...more
Obviously this book is not ...more
The murder of Abel by his brother Cain held a prominent spot in the plot. I think this was so because Cain's exile from his family mirrored his parents exile from the garden. It also ...more
I first came across his writings with his first novel 'The Flood' and this his second successfully gets ...more
I knew the story of Adam and Eve - and that they had two sons - and that one killed the other because he was jealous. But - for me - David Maine brought this story and these characters to life in such an unexpected, real way.
Before - I'd just accepted the moral of the story - and what was being implied by the way in which it was told.
Now - I have a different perspective to explore and delighted to discover that there is a plausible alternative tale. Sure - one that still ...more
The names in this book are ...more
Interweaving original sin, theological inquiry, and biblical murder is no easy task, and Maine navigates between genuine reverence and sly irony with deftness. Fallen is a wry and daring novel, even more so than Maine's debut The Preservationist (2004), a lively rendering of Noah's clan on the ark. While Maine shines at fleshing out the weighty themes of the Old Testament with three-dimensional characters (squabbling yet sympathetic), the retrograde plotline of his new novel, traveling from...more
'Fallen' tells the life story of Cain...you know, that guy from the Bible who offed his brother Abel...but there's a bit of a twist. The story is told backwards. In the beginning of the book, we meet a Cain who's on his dying bed. With each following chapter, Cain is younger and younger as we experience his life in reverse. All the while, he is haunted by his biggest sin, the murder of his brother Abel. Further along in the book, we ...more
ended up...eh...not so much.
i mean, it was fine. but it surely didn't blow me away. the story was, well, duh, the stories i've heard and read a million times growing up. maine didn't really add much new to it....or make it any more interesting.
in fact, he may have made it LESS interesting.
i found the dialogue to be awfully written...sophomoric at best. and the rest of the narrative not much above that.
i think the ...more