Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Review: Adam and Eve, by John Erskine

Adam and Eve: Though He Knew Better Adam and Eve: Though He Knew Better by John Erskine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Why is Erskine completely forgotten? Actually, there appears to have been a paperback reprint of this one in 2003, but it went out of print right away. Anyway, he's warm, witty, wise, philosophical and readable Adam and Eve, like The Private Life of Helen of Troy, is a novel of ideas, and of a whole lot of talk -- clearly Erskine was influenced by G. B. Shaw, and if he's not on the level of Shaw at his best, he's not far under. As with Shaw, the talk is good.
This came off my grandmother's bookshelf, and fortunately, she seems to have been a fan of Erskine, so there are a few more, and I plan to get to them.
On the evidence of these two, one of Erskine's favorite themes is the ever-popular Men Just Don't Get It, and he handles it deftly.

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