The Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden

Book - 1986
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A sensational bestseller when it appeared in 1986, The Garden of Eden is the last uncompleted novel of Ernest Hemingway, which he worked on intermittently from 1946 until his death in 1961. Set on the Côte d'Azur in the 1920s, it is the story of a young American writer, David Bourne, his glamorous wife, Catherine, and the dangerous, erotic game they play when they fall in love with the same woman. "A lean, sensuous narrative...taut, chic, and strangely contemporary," The Garden of Eden represents vintage Hemingway, the master "doing what nobody did better" (R. Z. Sheppard, Time).
Publisher: New York : C. Scribner's, 1986.
ISBN: 9780684186931
Characteristics: 247 p. ;,22 cm.


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Aug 09, 2018

Scenes and actions, repetitive, but never bore me; dialogue format, not elaborate to my taste, but its disguised nonchalance is seductive.
Annoyed by my feeling - love and loath - towards Catherine, and Marita’s credibility...all served the male writer well.
I’m languishing in self made analysis...nevertheless, abducted to the seascape, hypnotized to a realm of my longing.

Dec 28, 2017

Could I be becoming a Hemingway fan?! This story is incredible. The writing is descriptive without emotion, it pulls one in. The story is bizarre and keeps one guessing.
This is a strange story of want, desire and need. No matter what Want is satisfied, it doesn't quench the thirst or need. There is no contentment.
There's also a power struggle of the sexes. There's a gender fluidity that causes issues between the couple. Can equality ever be reached between the sexes?
David is so very passive. He does everything Catherine asked...yet he's not happy. If he's stood up at some point to Catherine's wishes, would the story have changed? That's an age-old question, in terms of Adam and Eve, which this story parallels.
I really liked the parallels to Adam & Eve's story. The paradise, the bitten apple and the fall afterwards.
I became aware of this book through reading The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us by Bruce Feiler. I'm glad it was brought to my attention. I very much enjoyed this.

Aug 18, 2014

A writer tours France and Spain with his new wife.. The first half of the book reads like a tour guide of quaint cafes, and is mostly concerned with what the characters want to drink and eat for each meal...boring and tedious is all I can say of this last novel by Hemingway, and published after his death...

michlmac Oct 17, 2013

I waited a long time for this title to become available, only to find I cannot read it on the kindle which came with Windows 8. It can be read on Nook or on other devices, none of which do I own nor do I intend to purchase. At present, the NYPL does not allow the "return" of e-books.It will not be available to anyone else until the full 21-day checkout period expires. That is as ridiculous as it is unprofessional. It appears the NYPL has "partnered" with the publisher for this purpose. Its primary responsibility is to the reading public. The very least the NYPL could do is put a notice of required devices with such titles. I have written to them concerning this situation. I urge you to do the same.


As soon as I posted the above, the following notice appeared as a pop-up (for shame!) on my screen:

"Now you can read select eBooks from Simon & Schuster right in the web browser on your tablet, smartphone or desktop computer. No app required! Learn More »

"Buy or Borrow and Read on the Web Reader"

It was followed by a graphic I cannot reproduce here urging me to:

Read on another device.

And support your library.


These are the people who are promising wonders when they close down popular branches and, after sending many research volumes to be stored in New Jersey, giving us one central location whose most important feature appears to be views of the surrounding areas.

I'm all for progress, but one must always be aware of the cost and be wary of those who offer it.

Aug 09, 2013

My favorite Hemingway novel. Have read it over and over at least a dozen times. The subject matter is dark and twisted, and the writing is so well crafted you can taste the booze, feel the temperature of the sea, and experience the story within the story of an elephant hunt. Ten out of ten.

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