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).
An edited version of a narrative abandoned by the Nobel laureate, The Garden of Eden is about a young American couple in Europe on an extended honeymoon. PW stated that while the manuscript is of scholarly interest, it does not hold up as a "bona fide Hemingway novel.''
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Bad forgery of a great novelist
This book is awful. I greedily began reading "Garden of Eden" expecting a Hemingway novel with story lines and subplots cleverly hidden below the tip of the iceberg. I soon started to feel like my old fishing buddy hadn't really written this book. Turns out the book had been heavily edited by another hand (800 --> 240 pgs) and Hemingway had never actually released it, perhaps on purpose. This is truly one of the ugliest forgeries ever committed. What a disaster.