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Ethan Coen is better known as one half of the genius filmmaking duo, the Coen Brothers. Their talent for combining a sense of the absurd with brilliant pastiches of film noir and horror has given their films a distinctive edginess. Gates of Eden, the debut collection of short stories by Ethan Coen, will please any fan of his films as well as any reader who appreciates sharp, stylish dialogue, and a wicked sense of humor. Gates of Eden shares many themes as his films: moral ambiguity, ethnicity, betrayal, crime gone wrong, and the trademark Coen black humor. The films are a visual feast, but a film can't capture the intimate ramblings of a lovable Coen loser as well as the stories collected here. Possibly the most revealing stories in this collection are the autobiographical pieces that take wry and poignant glances at the people in Coen's somewhat strange childhood. Gates of Eden is intelligent and witty. It is pure entertainment. Georgie, Powells.com

Publisher Comments:

A middle-aged man beheads his wife, then calmly explains how she drove him to it . . . A fat little mafioso is going to war--in the clean, well-mannered streets of Minneapolis . . . A Jewish boy watches with wonder the rise and fall of a Hebrew school rebel--and sees the sadness at the heart of his own family. . . . Welcome to the world of Ethan Coen, one half of the filmmaking team that has unleashed a visionary, brutal, and uproarious portrait of America in such screen classics as Fargo and Raising Arizona. Now Ethan Coen translates that vision to the printed page--in fourteen keenly imagined, sharply etched short stories. Blending parody with pathos, making the heinous heartbreaking, Coen demonstrates his unique gift for stunningly inventive narrative, brutal irony, offbeat characters, and crackling dialogue, delivering everything you would expect from such an original imagination.

Review:

"Like Fargo, at once addictively grotesque and infectiously heartwarming. . .even the darkest personal moments radiate moxie, soul, and humor. Gates of Eden marks a seamless transition from film to fiction." Jill Kopelman, Elle

Review:

"Artful...compelling...moving...sharply-etched... Coen-heads, get out of the dark of the theater and turn on your reading lamps... The co-creator of such big-screen pulpitude as Blood Simple and Fargo delivers blackly humorous and often unsettling vignettes of men pushed to the edge and beyond..." USA Today

Review:

"Some wacky extremes pervade Mr. Coen's 14 stories, just as they do the films he makes with his brother, Joel....In Gates of Eden, Mr. Coen has sounded the jagged dissonance of the American experience....he tallies up the costs of a journey that has yet to achieve the promised land." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

Review:

"The discriminating viewer who enjoyed [Coen's] distinctive and quirky films will like the equally unconventional Gates of Eden, Coen's first collection of stories. It is a crisp and chatty book populated with dirty souls confined to their own tailor-made hells." Jay A. Fernandez, The Washington Post

Review:

"A thoroughly enjoyable collection of short stories filled with his trademark snappy dialogue and casual gore." Harper's Bazaar

Review:

"Brilliant...All of these stories take place in Coen Brothers Land, a parallel universe similar to our own — except it's weirder, funnier, and better edited." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

In this national bestseller now in paperback, a contract kill is botched when the hit man phones his boss for further instructions on a wire-tapped phone; a private investigator tangles with a thug and has an ear bitten off; and middle-aged man beheads his wife, then calmly offers an explanation of how she drove him to do it.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385334389
Author:
Coen, Ethan
Publisher:
Delta
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19991109
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.98x5.23x.70 in. .51 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Delta - English 9780385334389 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Like Fargo, at once addictively grotesque and infectiously heartwarming. . .even the darkest personal moments radiate moxie, soul, and humor. Gates of Eden marks a seamless transition from film to fiction."
"Review" by , "Artful...compelling...moving...sharply-etched... Coen-heads, get out of the dark of the theater and turn on your reading lamps... The co-creator of such big-screen pulpitude as Blood Simple and Fargo delivers blackly humorous and often unsettling vignettes of men pushed to the edge and beyond..."
"Review" by , "Some wacky extremes pervade Mr. Coen's 14 stories, just as they do the films he makes with his brother, Joel....In Gates of Eden, Mr. Coen has sounded the jagged dissonance of the American experience....he tallies up the costs of a journey that has yet to achieve the promised land."
"Review" by , "The discriminating viewer who enjoyed [Coen's] distinctive and quirky films will like the equally unconventional Gates of Eden, Coen's first collection of stories. It is a crisp and chatty book populated with dirty souls confined to their own tailor-made hells."
"Review" by , "A thoroughly enjoyable collection of short stories filled with his trademark snappy dialogue and casual gore."
"Review" by , "Brilliant...All of these stories take place in Coen Brothers Land, a parallel universe similar to our own — except it's weirder, funnier, and better edited."
"Synopsis" by , In this national bestseller now in paperback, a contract kill is botched when the hit man phones his boss for further instructions on a wire-tapped phone; a private investigator tangles with a thug and has an ear bitten off; and middle-aged man beheads his wife, then calmly offers an explanation of how she drove him to do it.
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