Gates of Eden by Ethan Coen
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A hapless private investigator who loses his hearing after having one ear bitten off, a maverick weights-and-measures man who gets pulled into a sinister blackmailing scheme by a seductive Japanese woman, a college kid so desperate to avoid an office job that he tries to break into boxing and organized crime: the characters in Gates of Eden grapple with their place in the world, trying to comprehend what fate has placed before them. With these stories -- sometimes heart-felt, sometimes brutal, always wildly entertaining -- Ethan Coen delivers everything you would expect from such an original imagination.A hapless private investigator who loses his hearing after having one ear bitten off, a maverick weights-and-measures man who gets pulled into a sinister blackmailing scheme by a seductive Japanese woman, a college kid so desperate to avoid an office job that he tries to break into boxing and organized crime: the characters in Gates of Eden grapple with their place in the world, trying to comprehend what fate has placed before them. With these stories -- sometimes heart-felt, sometimes brutal, always wildly entertaining -- Ethan Coen delivers everything you would expect from such an original imagination.
 

About Ethan Coen

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Ethan Coen and his brother, Joel Coen, are multiple Oscar-winning American filmmakers who have written and directed a number of acclaimed motion pictures, including Raising Arizona, Blood Simple, Fargo, and the 2007 Best Picture Academy Award winner, No Country for Old Men.
 
Published October 1, 1998 by Bantam Doubleday Dell. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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He follows a father on a hellishly ordinary camping trip with his two sons in “The Boys,” wonders what might happen to Hebrew school bullies in “The Old Country” and “I Killed Phil Shapiro,” and recounts selected events leading up to a long-suffering woman’s murder of her husband in “It Is an Anc...

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The writing half of the acclaimed filmmaking duo (brother Joel directs) peoples his work with such wonderfully unsympathetic leads as a bumbling hit man, in ""Johnny Ga-Botz,"" who gets himself exiled to Barbados, and a boy who terrorizes his Hebrew school, in ""The Old Country."" But it's not th...

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A famed filmmaker fails at fiction.

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This is because, big or little, publishing suffers from the old tried but true methods of cronyism and sexual favors as means of getting one’s crap in print, and this is the real reason published writing is so horrible and manifest, even to its promoters, who will only sotto voce admit that they ...

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As with the films he makes with brother Joel, Coen proves himself adept at operating in a variety of styles, from the comical gangster stories "Destiny" and "Cosa Minapolidan" to a pair of pieces that resemble radio scripts ("The Old Boys," "Hector Berlioz, Private Investigator").

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The author of Gates of Eden is Ethan Coen, one half of the Coen brothers’ collaborative ‘two-headed director’ (the other being Joel Coen), who together are well-known for classic films such as Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and Burn After Reading.

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The father of two clearly adorable children speaks of his life as "an elaborate and cruelly pointless behavioral experiment" and wonders of the boys: "why should disappointment be propagated through another generation, a cruel snap traveling down an endless rope?"

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