Title: The Garden of Eden
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Publication Year: 1986
Edition: trade softcover
Source: my shelves
Date Completed: April - 2013
Recommended: not sure
The Garden of Eden was a very different novel, and actually after a while I found it kind of boring. It was published in 1986, some 25 years after Hemingway's death.
It's the story of an American writer, David Bourne, and his new wife Catherine (Hill) who have traveled to the coast of France for their honeymoon.
David is very smart, but he lets his new wife call all of the shots. I'm guessing he's either a wimp or he just doesn't want to rock the boat being that they are newlyweds, and they are having plenty of sex throughout the novel. Catherine is a piece of work. She's beautiful, rich and spoiled. She isn't supportive of David's writing career and instead views his time spent writing as her "competition". At one point, in a childish tantrum she even burns some of his work. To spice things up a bit she cuts her hair to look like a young man, and she even begins to dress like one. She even introduces another woman into their physical relationship. The woman, Marita, seems to care more about David than Catherine does. David is uncomfortable with this whole idea, yet once again he lets his wife call the shots and goes along with what she says.
This story definitely felt like an unfinished work to me, and for me the way it ended just didn't seem to fit the story. It is probably the reason why it was never published until after Hemingway's death.
Have you read this one? Am I the only one who was a little disappointed. This was one from my 2013 Bucket List, it's been on my shelf unread for years.
A few quotes I liked --
- "Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."
- “When you start to live outside yourself, it's all dangerous.”
- "All I want to do is kill you," David said. "And the only reason I don't do it is because you are crazy."