Adam & Eve

Adam & Eve

Large Print - 2010
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"This thriller is rich in brilliant discourses on religion, fanaticism, the meaning of ancient cave art, the speculative future, and love."
--Library Journal

Sena Jeter Naslund, the New York Times bestselling author of Ahab's Wife, Four Spirits, and Abundance explores both the dark nature of fundamentalism and the brightness of true faith in her dazzling novel, Adam & Eve. A provocative, eloquent, and deeply compelling story of a woman caught between two warring worlds--science and religion--Adam & Eve raises timely questions about identity, innocence, and sin, and represents a new literary high-water mark for New York Times Notable author and Harper Lee Award-winner Naslund.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2010
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed. --
ISBN: 9780062002198
0062002198
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Naslu 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xi, 547 p
Alternative Title: Adam and Eve

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rodraglin
Feb 12, 2015

This novel begins with a piano falling on a man and killing him. The piano is being hoisted into the window of a third-story apartment, being too large to fit in an elevator or negotiate the stairwells.

In hindsight this should have tipped me off. Why would someone be standing under a piano? Wouldn’t the sidewalk be cordoned off? I mean most people won’t walk under a ladder, but this character stood under a piano being hoisted up three storeys?

I kept on reading because the plot sounded fascinating – an astrophysicist has evidence of extraterrestrial life, an anthropologist has discovered ancient writings that cast in doubt the Book of Genesis. Evidence of both these revelations comes into the possession of one woman who is pursued by fundamentalist of three faiths who don’t want this information revealed to the public.

It sounds like an action thriller along the lines of the Da Vinci Code. It’s not.

Long descriptive passages bog down the narrative, conversations lead to nothing, and when the plot (finally) advances it’s with contrived scenes that push the suspension of belief, well, beyond belief.

Add to that an ending that leaves so many situations unresolved I had to look back to see if I’d missed a chapter and what you’ve got is a “literary fiction” at its worst.

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miaone
Dec 26, 2013

Another wonderful novel by Naslund. I thought I might not like it, because I'm so weary of the traditional Bible stories. But this was something altogether different. The characters are modern, right now. Adam, the character I'd thought perhaps I wouldn't like or identify with, is one of the best characters in a fictional book that I've ever read. It was the characters and their stories that pulled me on. As for the other parts of the plot, possible extraterrestrial life, and a maybe new version of the book of Genesis -- these I could care less about.
But Pierre's story, and Lucy's, and Adam's, are the reasons to read this book, in my opinion.
I loved this book. Naslund remains at the top of my list of writers whose work I'd want with me if I had to live alone on an island.

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judywross
Jul 07, 2012

it starts out well, but then it begins to lose the flow and by the end it just seems more like a bad dream than a novel by a more than competent novelist. big disappointment.

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artsyred
Dec 26, 2010

did not grab me at all -- i loved ahabs wife -- oh well

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rodraglin
Feb 12, 2015

This novel begins with a piano falling on a man and killing him. The piano is being hoisted into the window of a third-story apartment, being too large to fit in an elevator or negotiate the stairwells.

In hindsight this should have tipped me off. Why would someone be standing under a piano? Wouldn’t the sidewalk be cordoned off? I mean most people won’t walk under a ladder, but this character stood under a piano being hoisted up three storeys?

I kept on reading because the plot sounded fascinating – an astrophysicist has evidence of extraterrestrial life, an anthropologist has discovered ancient writings that cast in doubt the Book of Genesis. Evidence of both these revelations comes into the possession of one woman who is pursued by fundamentalist of three faiths who don’t want this information revealed to the public.

It sounds like an action thriller along the lines of the Da Vinci Code. It’s not.

Long descriptive passages bog down the narrative, conversations lead to nothing, and when the plot (finally) advances it’s with contrived scenes that push the suspension of belief, well, beyond belief.

Add to that an ending that leaves so many situations unresolved I had to look back to see if I’d missed a chapter and what you’ve got is a “literary fiction” at its worst.

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