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*Read Epub â Fallen ⚣ 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 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 know it s low class to rate my own books But I do, actually, think they re pretty good. 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 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