Ernest Hemingway did more to influence 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 him
as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. 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.
Patrick Wilson has starred on Broadway in Barefoot in the Park, Oklahoma! (Tony Award nominated), and The Full Monty (Tony nomination, Drama League Award). His film credits include Little Children, Phantom of the Opera, Hard Candy, and the HBO Mini series Angels in America (Golden Globe and Emmy nominations).
A few shards survive in the sandy ruins of Hemingway's garden of Eden: the pastoral and sensual delights of loving and swimming in Provence and Spain; the pleasure the hero, a novelist, feels when he writes ``truly'' about his father and hunting in Africa. The rest is madness, cruelty, and corruption. Unfortunately, neither the joy nor the terror profoundly engages the reader. The bisexual grotesqueries that bind David Bourne, his antic wife, and their complaisant woman lover are for the most part silly or banal, not even sufficiently bizarre to shock. What we have here is juiceless gossip. As fiction, the book utterly failsclumsily plotted, thematically vague and indecisive, the characters unfleshed caricatures. Even Hemingway's lyrical eloquence is stripped to frayed cliches. How then to justify publishing an edited version of a manuscript Hemingway labored over unsuccessfully for 15 years? Arthur Waldhorn, English Dept., City Coll., CUNY
"Hemingway's farewell, mannered, thrilling, spoiled, pure, loyal to
its monumental maker and itself and with no knowledge of coming
darkness." -- James Salter, The Washington Post Book
"Hemingway gives you the look and feel of places, the sensuous brilliance of the world's offerings, the excitement of complex relationships, the precision of a hunt or a breakfast, the tensions of sexual intrigue . . . In short, The Garden of Eden is a feast." -- Richard Stern, Chicago Tribune Books
"A miracle, a fresh slant on the old magic." -- John Updike, The New Yorker
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.'' (September)