Once expelled from the Garden, Adam and Eve had to find their way past recriminations and bitterness to build a new life in a harsh land.
In Fallen, David Maine has drawn a convincing, enthralling portrait of a family driven (and riven) by familiar passions and jealousies. The result is a staggering achievement and intimate, hilarious, and utterly original telling of temptation and murder, and of exile and loss.
"What makes this intelligent, funny, meaty, and moving novel so fascinating is the ease with which Maine inserts a modern sensibility and keen psychological analysis even as he jumps back and forth between the timelines of the two narratives and remains faithful to their biblical roots." (Publishers Weekly)
I bought this book on a whim and was amazed at how quickly I was invested in it. The storytelling was unique and wonderful, and at the heart of the story is so much insight to the universal human experience that I felt myself unable to disconnect from the story.
Wonderful. Truly wonderful.
24 of 25 people found this review helpful
The format was very interesting (starting from the end chapter)....but the book was very weak. The author has an ability to descibe the scenes well, but fails to develope the characters.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I have enjoyed this book as much as any I have read, or listened to. The author fills in the missing pieces of the biblical tale of the fall. The chapters of the book flow from end to beginning, nevertheless there are surprises. It is not so much what happens, but how things happen that is so fascinating.
But on another level, the book deals with the eternal questions mankind has struggled to answer. These existential questions are brilliantly handled. It is as good a theology text as it is a wonderful novel.
Terrific narrator, a wonderful listen. I plan to listen again.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was surprising, refreshing and entertaining. It tells the story of Caine, Able, Adam, and Eve from Caines death backwards to the expulsion from paradise. You get a part of the story from each character, which is cool. They all seem very human, which is wonderful based on the legendary enigmas they are in our culture today. I would definately listen to other books by this author. The narration was excellent, as well.
Like others, I bought this title on a whim, and found myself a bit dissapointed. While the format of reverse chonology was interesting I found the writing rather superficial. The author seems to skim the surface of the aspects of the story he found less interesting. Delving more deeply only into the existential questions that interested him. I bought the book as part of Amazon's recent 100 for $10 sale - for that price it was mostly worth it.
Poor premise of reverse chronological order. I usually enjoy "Biblical Fiction," but this one was lacking and unenlightening.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
This was so dreadfully dull and stiltedly written that I gave up on it after about an hour's listening.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful