Gates of Eden
Gates of Eden
By Ethan Coen
Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061684883, 261pp.
Publication Date: November 11, 2008
In Gates of Eden, Ethan Coen exhibits on the printed page the striking, twisted, yet devastatingly on-target vision of modern American life familiar from his movies. The world within the world we live in comes alive in fourteen brazenly original tragicomic short stories--from the Midwest mob war that fizzles due to the principals' ineptness to the trials of a deaf private eye with a blind client to a fugitive's heartbreaking explanation for having beheaded his wife, alarming in that it almost makes sense.
“Often funny, sometimes disturbing...Mr. Coen has sounded the jagged dissonance of the American experience.”
-Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
In Gates of Eden, the co-creator of such films as Fargo and Blood Simple delivers blackly humorous and often unsettling vignettes...All the Coen brother’s trademarks are here...funny...compelling stories.”
“A distincitive voice and an offbeat worldview...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.”
-New York Times Book Review
“The discriminating viewer who enjoyed [Coen’s] distinctive and quirky films will like the equally unconventional Gates of Eden. Coen delights in juxtaposing tone, character, and settin to comic and chilling effect.”