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A sensational best seller 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.
©1986 Mary Hemingway, John Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway, and Gregory Hemingway. All rights reserved (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
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"A lean, sensuous narrative...taut, chic, and strangely contemporary....doing what nobody did better." (Time)
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By Nelson Mostow on 08-22-10

This Autobiograph novel reveals alot about Hemingw

This is an autobiographical account of Hemingway in his earlier years. It was published posthumosly and given the revelations about his personal life I can see why he never published it during his lifetime. Alot is revealed about his sexual experiences but it is so subtle that it is easy to miss alot of it. He tells as a subplot some of his experiences in Aftrica Big Game hunting with his Father. I rate the book as 4 stars.

The reader (Patrick Wilson) did a fantastic job of portraying the characters, which added to my enjoyment of this novel. I rate his reading of this novel as 5 stars.

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By bailey on 01-27-17

Not my favorite Hemingway novel

The narrative in this novel is excellent, consistent with his best writing. The character development is spotty, in my opinion and leaves the reader wishing for clearer purpose and understanding.

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By Mercadier on 04-07-13


I'm a great fan of Hemingway and his masculine prose but I was very disappointed by this. I'm not blaming Papa, if he had been alive to finish it he might have licked it into shape but, as it is, I can understand why it was never published in his lifetime.

The female protagonist was repulsively vain and annoying in a way that I don't think was intended. I don't think I was supposed to hate her but I did. The only redeeming part of the story was the short interlude that describes the male protagonist boyhood adventures in Africa. And it was a good narrative effort I suppose.

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