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Fallen This story beautifully, and accessibly fleshes out the well known Biblical passages from Genesis regarding the first humans The early trials of Adam and Eve s survival, and the story of Cain s murder of his Brother Abel are presented in a very accessible, and relatable way The way the characters seem so completely human, having the same thoughts and feelings any of us might, and even using modern language to express everything was extremely refreshing Adam and Eve s trials are not unlike what This story beautifully, and accessibly fleshes out the well known Biblical passages from Genesis regarding the first humans The early trials of Adam and Eve s survival, and the story of Cain s murder of his Brother Abel are presented in a very accessible, and relatable way The way the characters seem so completely human, having the same thoughts and feelings any of us might, and even using modern language to express everything was extremely refreshing Adam and Eve s trials are not unlike what real early humans might have gone through in learning to live and survive in this world This book shows us how the story of Adam and Eve fits as a mythology of early man I also enjoyed examining the relationship between the first humans and their God it s a strange and complicated relationship something that some people might say even today I hated to put Fallen down Even when I was frustrated with a character I m talking to you, Eve, I was nonetheless riveted by how the four characters dealt with such issues as temptation, obedience, jealousy, pride, shame, fear and hope all within the construct of their various interpersonal relationships Siblings, Man Woman, Father Son, and Mother Son Having the story told in reverse was just the right mechanism, in my opinion, for revealing to the reader what made each of these characters I hated to put Fallen down Even when I was frustrated with a character I m talking to you, Eve, I was nonetheless riveted by how the four characters dealt with such issues as temptation, obedience, jealousy, pride, shame, fear and hope all within the construct of their various interpersonal relationships Siblings, Man Woman, Father Son, and Mother Son Having the story told in reverse was just the right mechanism, in my opinion, for revealing to the reader what made each of these characters who they are I appreciated most that I could have one opinion of a character based on one book, only to change that opinion to something completely different when another s point of view is revealed I disliked and yet loved all four Well, maybe I didn t love Eve, but I could empathized with her dislike of her own need to nag and the matter of fact need to get on with things like survival If not for spoilers, I could go on and on for all four characters The longer I muse on Fallen, the deeper my appreciation grows Through the author s retelling of the first humans, all those traits that make us human are fittingly examined and, in some cases, their origins questioned This is the first book by David Maine that I have read, but I already put The Preservationist on hold at my library, because I can t wait to readof his work Spoiler Abel dies The story of the first family is not anything new The technique the writer uses to tell the story is quite novel.At first, I hated this book I did not want to read it and I thought it was awful About 1 2 way through it became bearable Towards the end I appreciated what he was trying to do This story is told in reverse chronological order By going in reverse chronological order, a boring 2000 year old tale that everyone knows became intriguing Instead of going in a norm Spoiler Abel dies The story of the first family is not anything new The technique the writer uses to tell the story is quite novel.At first, I hated this book I did not want to read it and I thought it was awful About 1 2 way through it became bearable Towards the end I appreciated what he was trying to do This story is told in reverse chronological order By going in reverse chronological order, a boring 2000 year old tale that everyone knows became intriguing Instead of going in a normal chronology and the story being typical, by going backwards every chapter is a mystery about what events happened in the chapter preceding As the author turns the chronology on its head he also turns the story on it s head so it s not what you thought it would be The story you thought you new is changed in tone and reason by presenting it in reverse The structure of the novel highlights the conditions leading up to a man murdering his brother It s easy to point at Cain as the evil murderer of his brother, but the Bible conveniently leaves out the why that gets to the heart of the story This novel tries to explain why to a certain extent It shows that the First Family was very dysfunctional and suffered a lot of trauma Consequently, that trauma was passed on to Adam and Eve s children They didn t have it easy outside the garden of eden At the end of the book you see what they went through and figure how could Cain not have ended the way he did This technique also points out the absurdity of the story of the creation How could one family be the foundation of the human race How could one family invent fire, fishing, hunting, farming so easily Where did the other people on Earth come from The author was very clever in the structure of this novel Also, he was very clever in repeating the themes such as murder, and banishment that appear over and over However, there were many aspects of the novel that I didn t like It was written well, but I was not engaged in the prose It was choppy and hard to follow The structure of the dialogue was difficult to read The language in this novel was a mix of old Biblical sounding words compared with really modern slang and vernacular The combination didn t work for me I couldn t tell if the author was trying to make a point or just a messy writer Also, the characters and dialogue didn t fit with the story There was an odd mix of omniscience by the characters and naivety Cain knew the name for city before a city ever existed and the characters knew that they had hearts and brains inside them though none had been opened up But then later in the book, Adam says that water has turned to stone He was clever enough to create a net but didn t realize water froze when it was cold I thought this was sloppy writing and felt messy to me Perhaps, this was the author s intent to show the absurdity of the original Bible story However, it made the story difficult to read and follow along Overall, this isn t a book I would recommend easily I can t really say I liked it but it really made me think It was interesting in structure and technique and I really appreciate that I m not sure where I came across a review for this book, and looking through my e mail folders, I apparently didn t save the review, but I remember getting this book because I thought the premise was intriguing Fallen is the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel What I thought would be interesting would be the way the author might put flesh on that story It is an engaging bit of storytelling The main characters are all given personalities, and rather distinct ones at that Adam is wishy washy I m not sure where I came across a review for this book, and looking through my e mail folders, I apparently didn t save the review, but I remember getting this book because I thought the premise was intriguing Fallen is the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel What I thought would be interesting would be the way the author might put flesh on that story It is an engaging bit of storytelling The main characters are all given personalities, and rather distinct ones at that Adam is wishy washy and must be compelled to action Eve is assertive, but she is also the evil one I get the impression that the author holds a slight Catholic theological underpinning to how he perceives the characters Abel is self righteous, bossy, and a bit lazy Cain is industrious and headstrong and prideful It is these personality traits that lead to the first family s ultimate dysfunction Though I can t say that I wholly agree with the author s speculation, I do find it to be a compelling portrayal.But perhaps what I liked most about the book was its unique format I am a sucker for unusual formats such as what you would find in Girl in Hyacinth Blue and Nothing But the Truth Fallen takes an approach that is similar to that in Hyacinth Blue in that you start at the end and work back to the beginning, though Fallen does it much better You start with chapter 40 and work back to chapter 1 Very cool I like how you see the effects before you see the causes I found that it compelled me forward as I was anxious to see what things in the characters pasts led to their current actions.Another bit that I liked about the format is that the book is told in four parts, giving each of the main characters their own section to see the story unfold through their eyes This was most effective at the transition from Cain to Abel as you watch the murder first through Cain s eyes and then through Abel s It s a good book At times, it gets a bit crass and gritty, but I guess that s to be expected when working through themes of murder and passion and jealousy and, to some extent, irrationality This book, written in reverse, was really entertaining and inventive Every chapter seemed to allude to something that you didn t quite understand yet, but that would be outlined in the next chapter that actually had happened previously It sounds confusing but it was just interesting I suppose that when telling a tale we all know, you have to find a way to make it interesting I think David Maine did just that It added dimension and depth to the age old story of Adam Eve and their family This book, written in reverse, was really entertaining and inventive Every chapter seemed to allude to something that you didn t quite understand yet, but that would be outlined in the next chapter that actually had happened previously It sounds confusing but it was just interesting I suppose that when telling a tale we all know, you have to find a way to make it interesting I think David Maine did just that It added dimension and depth to the age old story of Adam Eve and their family.The writing style, and most specifically the quoting, was a little hard to get used to because he doesn t use proper punctuation Some of my book club friends were annoyed by this, but I felt like it made sense to tell the story of the first people without all of the proper grammar skills They were not refined people and that was how I felt this writing style was also trying to be.I enjoyed this book and definitely would recommend it to friends for a quick read over a weekend Not a religious person in the slightest, I was a little leery of this book But once I started reading it, I was instantly sucked in The book tells the story of the first family, but telling it in a wonderfully real way The story begins with Cain on his death bed, and every chapter jumps you back farther in time You re constantly learning what led to the events you just read, which makes for a really interesting read We look back through the life of Cain, then the lives of Cain and Abel and Not a religious person in the slightest, I was a little leery of this book But once I started reading it, I was instantly sucked in The book tells the story of the first family, but telling it in a wonderfully real way The story begins with Cain on his death bed, and every chapter jumps you back farther in time You re constantly learning what led to the events you just read, which makes for a really interesting read We look back through the life of Cain, then the lives of Cain and Abel and their family, then Adam and Even alone, and the book ends with Adam and Even getting kicked out of Eden Maine also leaves out most of the religious aspects of the story as well, which can t be entirely easy But God is a minor character, really only important in that he was the one who kicked Adam and Even out of the garden The story instead focuseson the reality of the situation two virtual newborns thrust out of paradise into a harsh land with no idea how to survive The book describes wonderfully and realistically what it could have been like, the nitty gritty of it all, and follows the family as it learns and grows Really interesting I expected this to be ground breaking, but wasn t impressed Resentment of God and his will are perfectly legitimate emotions He s not that great A second race of people, not descendants of Adam, suddenly appear as spouses for the sons of Adam, but their mysterious origin is never explained Wondering then how their descendants happen to qualify for the blood grace of the Last Adam A good storyteller knows that when you re working with a limited cast, you can t suddenly pop people out of nowh I expected this to be ground breaking, but wasn t impressed Resentment of God and his will are perfectly legitimate emotions He s not that great A second race of people, not descendants of Adam, suddenly appear as spouses for the sons of Adam, but their mysterious origin is never explained Wondering then how their descendants happen to qualify for the blood grace of the Last Adam A good storyteller knows that when you re working with a limited cast, you can t suddenly pop people out of nowhere to help you fill a plot hole Here s a thought, what about the way genetic mutations multiply with each new generation, which means the further back you go, the less problematic a brother sister marriage would be There was death before sin see Adam Eve eating eels in the Garden There was no sex before sin Really And now it s no substitute for paradise, but it s what we ve got Really This story of Cain Abel Adam Eve after their banishment from The Garden of Eden is necessarily evenimaginative than The Preservationist, because there s so much less detail in the biblical account This one, with itsserious themes of fratricide banishment disinheritance both God s of Adam Eve theirs of Cain , lacks much of the humor that was integral to The Preservationist, but it has the same wit keen insight couched in the same spare, precise prose Here the stor This story of Cain Abel Adam Eve after their banishment from The Garden of Eden is necessarily evenimaginative than The Preservationist, because there s so much less detail in the biblical account This one, with itsserious themes of fratricide banishment disinheritance both God s of Adam Eve theirs of Cain , lacks much of the humor that was integral to The Preservationist, but it has the same wit keen insight couched in the same spare, precise prose Here the story is told backwards, with each chapter 40 of them, a good biblical number about a time preceding the previous one Through the characters memories, Maine skillfully drops hints about earlier events but also introduces surprising developments in nearly every chapter And his method heightens our sense as readers of how events shape later events This is a work of genius Despite being inspired by content that has been around for a few thousand years, it is very original and fresh I was recently reminded of how much I enjoyed reading David Maine s first book, The Preservationist, and so I went out and picked up everything he s written since The Fallen didn t disappoint I love his writing His style is wry and sparce In this novel he tells the story backwards, beginning with Cain on his deathbed and ending with Adam and Even s banishment from the garden I lo Despite being inspired by content that has been around for a few thousand years, it is very original and fresh I was recently reminded of how much I enjoyed reading David Maine s first book, The Preservationist, and so I went out and picked up everything he s written since The Fallen didn t disappoint I love his writing His style is wry and sparce In this novel he tells the story backwards, beginning with Cain on his deathbed and ending with Adam and Even s banishment from the garden I loved it What you find in the middle is a countdown to that fateful day of mankind when we lost utopia each chapter revealing the reasons why the events we just learned of occured It was a nice change that I found quite refreshing Instead of waiting to find out what is going to happen, you know the ending and instead are reading to find the seeds and events leading up to that moment What was it that made Cain do what he did What you find is heart wrenching at times sparse, but emptional It is a picture into the first family and there are echoes in each of our families today They may have been the first recorded family in history, but there were reasons for their dysfuctions and they weren t that different than we are today Now, on to Samson From the internationally acclaimed author of The Preservationist comes a provocative retelling of the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel a novel that gives new meaning to the words temptation, rivalry, and murder Their expulsion from the Garden is only the beginning Eve and Adam have to find their way past recriminations and bitterness, to construct a new life together in a harsh land But the challenges are many for the world s first family Among their children are Cain and Abel, and soon they must discover how to be parents to one son who is everything they could hope for, and another who is sullen, difficult, and rife with insecurities and jealousies In the background, always, is the incomprehensibility of God s motives as He watches over their faltering attempts to build a life In Fallen, David Maine has drawn a convincing, wryly observant, and enthralling portrait of a family one driven and riven by passions, irrationality, and love The result is an intimate, in depth story of brothers, a husband, and a wife people whose struggles are both completely familiar and yet utterly original


About the Author: David Maine

I was born and raised in Connecticut but spent much of my adult life overseas, living in Morocco from 1995 98 and in Lahore, Pakistan from 1998 2008 Since 2008 I have been living and teaching in Honolulu I began getting published in 2004, with The Preservationist, a retelling of the Noah story from Genesis This was followed by Fallen, which reexamined the stories of Eve Adam and Abel Cain In 2006, my novel The Book of Samson was released All three books were published by St Martin s Press in the US and Canongate in the UK.My first non Biblically oriented story, called Monster, 1959, was published in February 2008 It generated a lively mix of responses My next literary fiction novel, An Age of Madness, will be forthcoming in 2012 from Red Hen Press.In my immediate future is the summer 2011 release of an eBook through my agent at Folio Literary Management, and available at all the likely places , BN, the Apple store, etc The new book is entitled The Gamble of the Godless and it is an epic fantasy in the Lord of the Rings tradition, complete with sorcerers, talking animals, telepathic owls, drug addicted cheetahs and of course a threat to the entire known world It s all tremendously fun, and although it represents a new direction for my publishing career, it s actually a return for me to the type of books I grew up reading and loving.I d like to thank the readers and reviewers of this site for their many responses, even the negative ones As a writer, I would much rather have someone read my book and respond negatively to it, than feel no response at all And of course, thanks for the many positive responses too More info about me, my life, my writing and much else can be found at davidmaine.blogspot.com Come take a look I m also on Facebook, so come friend me up Thanks a lot, and cheers.


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