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Canongate, 2006 - Bible - 244 pages
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David Main's brilliant new novel tells the story of Cain and Abel, and Adam and Eve - the world's original family.Beginning with the death of Cain, Fallen rewinds through fury and jealousy, lust and despair, right back to the bite from the apple and mankind's first taste of shame.What drove Cain to do the unthinkable? What was the world like when it was new? Was God justified in banishing Adam and Eve from Paradise? And did the harshness of the outer world teach them not only how to survive, but how to kill?From the bones of this age-old tale, David Maine weaves a compulsively readable and startlingly modern human drama of love, betrayal and rage. We know the end of the story - but how did it really begin?

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User Review  - seldombites - LibraryThing

I am not a religious person, nor am I Christian, but that did not prevent me from enjoying this novel. Beginning with the final days of Cain and moving back in time to Adam and Eve's banishment from ... Read full review

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User Review  - bdickie - LibraryThing

The story of Cain and Abel told backwards. Begins with Cain as an old man works back to Adam and Eve's first night outside Eden. So smart and readable and funny in parts. Read full review


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David Maine is the author of The Flood, Fallen, and The Book of Samson (all published in the UK by Canongate) as well as Monster, 1959 and An Age of Madness.He was born in 1963 and grew up in Farmington, Connecticut, and attended Oberlin College and the University of Arizona before marrying novelist Uzma Aslam Khan. Currently he currently lives and works in western Massachusetts.

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