The Garden

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Harper Collins, Apr 13, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 403 pages
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In the beginning ...

There was the Serpent, there for Eve's awakening, and for all the days since. Teacher, mentor, companion, friend, and more. There was God. The Creator. Quick to anger. Dangerous. Majestic.

There was Adam: as God said, a joy to behold.

And there was Eve.

These four hold the future in their hands. And only Eve -- or perhaps the Serpent, too -- wonders what lies outside the Garden of Eden. Passionate, witty, beautifully drawn, and utterly unforgettable, The Garden, a debut novel, remakes and offers insights into a story that forms a cornerstone of our understanding.

 

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THE GARDEN

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This fleshy retelling of the Garden of Eden story, told from Eve's perspective, includes an abusively arrogant God and a color-changing Serpent representing wisdom. Eve awakens into consciousness one ... Read full review

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User Review  - phoebesmum - LibraryThing

An interesting idea - the Garden of Eden from Eve's point of view (and the serpent's not such a bad guy after all), but so badly written I could weep. Read full review

Contents

The Beginning
1
Solitude
20
Meeting God
39
Gods Parade
62
Gods Lessons
75
A Special Treat
89
Nightmares
102
The Volcano
120
Talking to God
242
A Storm in the Garden
250
The Plant
259
A New Kind of Life
268
A Plain Old Apple Tree
283
The Tree of the Knowledge
297
The Meaning of Evil
307
Apples
317

To the South
135
To the North
158
Snow
178
Alpenglow
199
To the Sea
204
The Eagles Eye
223
The Serpents Bowl
234
The Meaning of Death
326
Dreams
333
The Serpent Is Troubled
342
Love
349
The Choice
358
The Last Day
382
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About the author (2004)

Educated at Smith and Columbia, Elsie V. Aidinoff has lived in Paris, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, and New York. She has been involved in education most of her life, starting in 1965 as a tutor in a junior high school with the New York City School Volunteer Program (now Learning Leaders). Since 1980, she has worked at the Children's Storefront School, a tuition-free independent school in Harlem, as a teacher, administrator, and trustee. The mother of four grown children, she lives in New York City with her husband, a lawyer.

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