Jim Crace’s review of Eden: “A novel imbued with lyricism and compassion”
by Jim Crace Eden evokes a closed idyll that is anything but. Since the ignominious departure of Adam and Eve, the garden of paradise has been maintained by humans who never grow old and never go hungry. But it’s an emotionally empty space, presided over by angels with rules that prohibit intimate relationships and foster petty resentment. One day, Tabi, a popular but restless local, decides to venture outside: into a world where poverty is rampant and people are mortal but free. In a novel imbued with lyricism and compassion, Crace invites the reader to embrace a world that is all the more beautiful for being ephemeral, painful and disorderly.
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