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)....Continua
Approximately half of the novel is simply great. It reworks the classical Hemingway hero, showing him under a very different light, and even preparing for the sexual revolution of the 1960s. But many parts are...well, it's a book by a very depressed writer, soon to shoot himself, particularly concerned about the fact that he felt he couldn't finish novels anymore, what did you expect?...Continua
This is quite a departure from Hemingway's other novel. It is an interesting story that still leaves traces from the Hemingway's style for depicting a human mind's evolution over the story line.
This is the most despairing novel I've ever read. I hat it, but I don't regret reading it.
Incredibly crazy Catherine! I'm always annoyed by her while I was reading. I didn't expect that she burned up all David first draft, clippings, and the letters from his editor. I burst into tears. I can not help it! I hate tha devil woman who ruined all David's writing. I think I understand that the writing the very thing David cares so much, even more than himself. I believe so.
The endless ending consoled me a little bit. At lease David started over his novel. Wish you good luck!
I hate this book so much! But it was well written....Continua