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Gates of Eden de Ethan Coen
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Gates of Eden (original: 1998; edição: 1998)

de Ethan Coen

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From brilliantly funny and darkly surreal pastiche, to poignantly evoked small-town lives, the stories in Ethan Coen's outstanding debut collection are instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with the award-winning Coen Brothers' films. Yet at the same time they belong in the great tradition of American fiction writing. Peopled with mobsters and hicks, and peppered with sparkling dialogue, some are delicious send-ups of genre classics by authors such as Chandler and Hammett, while others are miniatures of private desperation drawn with a humour and tenderness which places them alongside the best work of Raymond Carver. Their great achievement, however, is that they are unmistakably the work of Ethan Coen, each one meticulously crafted, exhilaratingly imaginative, breathtakingly daring and hilariously funny. Ethan Coen's first venture into writing fiction is a triumph which will be welcomed as much by lovers of great fiction as by the Coen Brothers' legions of fans.… (mais)
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Damn. This was just all kinds of fun.

I can't see how the hard copy could compare to Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, John Turturro, Liev Shrieber, Ben Stiller and a few others reading these. These guys totally owned each story.

Damn. All kinds of fun. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
The most interesting of these short pieces read like ideas for rejected Coen Brothers' screenplays in miniature. The least interesting tend towards trying too hard (the one with the British secret agents) or not trying hard enough. Some of them (Hector Berlioz, Private Investigator -- where the most original and interesting premise is the title) somehow manage to be both at once.

Overall, stick with Ethan Coen's screen-works and avoid this unless you absolutely need to read everything he's written. ( )
  g026r | Apr 27, 2010 |
With this book, Ethan Coen proved himself a true wordsmith. His prose is witty, starkly realistic, and often beautiful. His plots, on the other hand, are quite lacking. This is more a matter of personal taste, but I prefer stories in which something actually happens. Too many of the stories merely stopped after assorted description, rather than providing an actual ending or at least a feeling of purpose to the story (often I was left thinking, "So why did he think that story was worth retelling?" or "Where was he going with that?"). I also got tired of feeling like I was hearing everything secondhand. Even the stories that were not in first person left me feeling like somebody was telling me the story, rather than truly experiencing the events or connecting at all with the characters. I'm glad I read this, but I think I'll stick to Coen films from now on. ( )
  melydia | Oct 28, 2009 |
Damn was this book a lot better when I figured out that it wasn't a novel! That's what I get for not paying close enough attention, although it was an interesting trick to play on my brain. Ethan Coen has that remarkable ability to write in other people's voices in a place and time so specific to them, combining historocity and dramatic character interplay that is so Coen. Some of the stories are semi-autobiographical while others are pure fantasy, but the characters he creates have a tendency toward interesting and ironic. The highlight was a detective story written like an old-time radio drama script, feeling like 1940s New York (door creaks, foot steps). I read some of it alound just for fun, and the script was so genuine that it was easy to find those old movie voices coming through. Extremely enjoyable.
  Carlie | Jul 10, 2008 |
I doubt very much this would have got published if Ethan Coen wasn't who he is. ( )
  michaeldwebb | Oct 2, 2006 |
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From brilliantly funny and darkly surreal pastiche, to poignantly evoked small-town lives, the stories in Ethan Coen's outstanding debut collection are instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with the award-winning Coen Brothers' films. Yet at the same time they belong in the great tradition of American fiction writing. Peopled with mobsters and hicks, and peppered with sparkling dialogue, some are delicious send-ups of genre classics by authors such as Chandler and Hammett, while others are miniatures of private desperation drawn with a humour and tenderness which places them alongside the best work of Raymond Carver. Their great achievement, however, is that they are unmistakably the work of Ethan Coen, each one meticulously crafted, exhilaratingly imaginative, breathtakingly daring and hilariously funny. Ethan Coen's first venture into writing fiction is a triumph which will be welcomed as much by lovers of great fiction as by the Coen Brothers' legions of fans.

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