This is a great look into the unimaginable wonder, difficulties and trials of Adam and Eve's life. There is very little we know about these two people, and Elliott does a really good job of filling in the gaps.
(I strongly recommend reading the Afterword which explains a little about where the author took artistic liberty and got her inspiration.)
That being said, **it is solely her interpretation of their life and of who they were, so it is to be taken with a big grain of salt. Remember, it is fiction, so don't take it too seriously and just enjoy it.**
At the same time, it's a great book to stimulate group discussion and/or private reflection on numerous [religious] topics, as you would expect.
I really enjoyed this book. Even though it was a little slow at times, I loved the details about their everyday lives. It was fascinating to go alongside Adam and Eve: while they experienced and discovered the world's firsts; when they were thrown into an unknown world without any guidance; while they struggled with feelings of guilt and confusion, abandonment and betrayal, doubt and belief; and during the family drama and the inner turmoil later in their lives. All that tension built up to an exciting and tumultuous ending. Overall, it proved to be a very moving and thought-provoking read. ”
“Boring! The story is told in many different voices, each member of the family in fact, to make up a collaborative.
Eve mostly whines as do most of their daughters, Adam seems disinterested in everything except his crops which is the same as Abel.
It is fairly easy to read but not terribly interesting, for me at least. I was expecting a lot more.”
“I wanted really badly to like this books since I have a fascination with the Christian story of creation and the story of Adam and Eve's world colliding with that of ancient Sumerians seemed very unique and interesting (for which I will give the novel credit for that). I found most of the characters so unbearably unlikable, perhaps this was intentional, but I found myself just unable to connect or stand any of them. Good writing, and probably a good book for the right person, but not for me.”*Kitkat* wrote this review Friday, May 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Again, blasphemy. All historical fiction is blasphemy - this is it at its highest degree.”Ensam wrote this review Friday, May 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“omg, this was so great!! its the most famous story in the bible written from 4 women's point of view (eve's and her 3 daughters'). the author took a lot of liberty with the bible, but it def made the story that much better. i would recommend this to anyone looking for an interesting, poetic read on what it means to be a woman in a man's world, especially during bible times”Alicia B wrote this review Thursday, July 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An interesting take on the myth of Adam and Eve”Gabriella wrote this review Monday, April 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The multiple narrators and many flashbacks made this story difficult to follow, particularly at the beginning, but I enjoyed it by the end. The mix with the Sumerian-like city culture was interesting, and I enjoyed the different characters. I did feel that the story wasn't well-developed in places, and that I thought some plot elements were ended too quickly -- I wanted to know more.”Megan S wrote this review Friday, March 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was more intrigued by this book than I thought I would be. ”Donna Cozart Pauley wrote this review Wednesday, February 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is about Adam and Eve. It is written as if an autobiography. You find out that they were very disfunctional and they really lacked belief in God which I found very surprising and disturbing. The book also reveals to the reader that Adam and Eve's family might not have been the "first" family. It leaves you with a lot of questions and thoughts about what we have been taught to believe as true. It is an interesting look at the first family.”Kim N wrote this review Sunday, January 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An interesting interpretation of Eve's experiences before and after being banished from the Garden of Eden. The story is told from the perspectives of Eve and her daughters, who each have their own perspective on the struggles and conflicts that arise.”Caitlin wrote this review Saturday, November 6, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No