The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway

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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).
 

About Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that led to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he also covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.
 
Published July 25, 2002 by Scribner. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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WITH: Mena Suvari (Catherine Bourne), Jack Huston (David Bourne), Caterina Murino (Marita), Carmen Maura (Madame Aurol), Richard E.

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But it’s still daring according to a totally contemporary reading, because the second time around, it’s totally obvious she’s fingerfucking him, or maybe even pegging.

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Los Angeles Times

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Based on a posthumously published novel, "Hemingway's Garden of Eden," directed by John Irvin from an adaptation by James Scott Linville, tells the story of a writer (Jack Huston), his wife ( Mena Suvari) and the heiress ( Caterina Murino) who ignites a brief passion among all three.

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This relationship, unlike the relationships in any of Hemingway's other novels, is one that may be revealing his personal feelings about the women of his lifetime, or his personal feelings about women in general—Catherine insists that David cut and dye his hair the same way as hers, a haircut tha...

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London Review of Books

Given the modern pastoral of the setting, and knowing Hemingway’s admiration for Marvell, it is tempting to think he might have had in mind the fragile lovers of the first stanza of ‘The Unfortunate Lover’, ‘with whom the infant Love yet plays’: But soon these flames do lose their light, Like met...

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The essay treats a series of marginal dates in Hemingway's handwriting (months and days given without the year) discovered in the body of the manuscript, and overlays these dates year by year on events in Hemingway's life from 1946 to 1958.

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This special section about teaching The Garden of Eden includes an introduction by Suzanne Del Gizzo and five brief essays (by Linda Patterson Miller, Carl Eby, Jacqueline Vaught Brogan, Meryl Altman, and Debra Moddelmog respectively) offering glimpses of the diverse ways these scholars are using...

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The essay treats a series of marginal dates in Hemingway's handwriting (months and days given without the year) discovered in the body of the manuscript, and overlays these dates year by year on events in Hemingway's life from 1946 to 1958.

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This special section about teaching The Garden of Eden includes an introduction by Suzanne Del Gizzo and five brief essays (by Linda Patterson Miller, Carl Eby, Jacqueline Vaught Brogan, Meryl Altman, and Debra Moddelmog respectively) offering glimpses of the diverse ways these scholars are using...

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Slant Magazine

It's not hard to spot the allure in filming stories like The Garden of Eden, big messy works that exceeded even the grasps of their authors.

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