Adam & Eve

Adam & Eve

Book - 2010
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Entrusted with her late husband's discovery of extraterrestrial life and enlisted by her dead husband's friend, anthropologist Pierre Saad, to help him smuggle a newly discovered artifact out of Egypt -- an ancient codex concerning the human authorship of the Book of Genesis -- Lucy Bergmann crash lands her plane on a slip of land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the Middle East. Burned in the crash landing, she is rescued by Adam, a delusional American soldier whose search for both spiritual and carnal knowledge has led to madness.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061579271
0061579270
Characteristics: x, 339 p. ; 24 cm
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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r
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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