November 12, 2004
Gates of Eden by Ethan Coen

Gates of Eden by Ethan Coen: a collection of short stories by the creator of such movies as Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou, Raising Arizona, and, one of my personal favorite movies of all time, The Big Lebowski.

Being a big fan of the all of the movie that the Coen brothers have done, I was very excited to see that Ethan Coen had written a book of short stories (anthologies have always been one of my favorite things to read). I figured that the strikingly strange characters that populate their movies would have no problem coming to life on the pages of a book.

Unfortunately, I could never get interested in either the people or their situations, with the exception of a few of the stories. These stories just never came to life for me the way that they have on the big screen.

The stories that I did enjoy were A Fever in the Blood (a private detective goes deaf after having his ear biten off by a by a deranged thug), I Killed Phil Shapario (a Jewish son kills his father, though I’m really not sure why), and Gates of Eden (a weights and measures man is seduced by a beautiful Japanese lady for nefarious reasons).

All in all, I was greatly disappointed iwith this anthology. The book did get good reviews over at however, so you might like it even if I didn’t.

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Just FYI, there's a new Coen Brothers movie coming out, Hail Caesar.

Posted by: Anne - Hail Caesar on May 10, 2006 07:58 AM

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