Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Garden of Eden
Today I finished reading The Garden of Eden by Hemingway. This is one of the unpublished manuscripts posthumously published by Hemingway's estate. This was an interesting novel, I think Hemingway could have polished it to make it truly a great novel. As it stands, it deals with themes that seem too disparate at first look. Elements of it were surely inspired by his love of Africa, and others by the theft of his luggage - containing his unfinished writings - in Spain. The sexual and relationship elements could have worked better if they didn't dominate so much of the novel however.