By David Maine
Started April 2, 2006
Finished April 30, 2006
Comments: I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked this book up. I'm still not quite sure what I got. This is a fictional account of Cain and Abel. It starts with Cain's death and goes backward, all the way to Adam and Eve's eviction from the Garden of Eden.
I wish I could say that I found this to be a brilliant way to write this story, that it was witty and original, that it knocked my socks off. It didn't quite do that. But it was worth the time it took to read it. Even though that was a looooong time.
On the otherhand though, it was thought provoking. It was philosophical. It was funny. I had never truly stopped to think, what did Adam and Eve do when they left Eden? They, as interpreted by Maine, knew nothing about how to survive. They didn't know how to kill an animal. How to cook a plant. How to start a fire. And there was that lingering questiong…where did other people come from?
Maine's prose is often quite pretty. He can turn a beautiful phrase such as, "The rainy season comes, bringing with it long gray afternoons and lingering twilight as the sun pokes its fingers through the cloud's spent tatters, filling the landscape with ghostly golden pyramids." He depicted the characters in a way that lead me to wonder just who was at fault, with Cain and Abel's murder. He left me feeling that it didn't sit on Cain's shoulders alone. At least that it shouldn't have. And I enjoyed the thoughts he had on God, love, family, desire and sin.
I did enjoy this read and plan to try more by Maine. Eventually.