Friday, March 14, 2014

Havah, the Story of Eve

The bare bones of story of Adam and Eve is universally known. God made Adam. God fashioned Eve from Adam's rib. Adam and Eve lived in the garden of Eden along with the rest of creation, eating fruits and nuts. Two trees were in the garden along with the rest of the vegetation: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They had one "don't" in the few things God ordered them--don't eat of that second tree.
They did.
Put this in the hands of master story-teller Tosca Lee, and suddenly it comes alive. She plays with what life might've been like in the garden, takes a stab at the reason the two violated God's law, she presents what might have happened after they were evicted from the garden. She covers over six hundred years of Eve's life in 364 pages. She did an amazing amount of research for something that seems beyond research, and she presented a story that, in her signature style, is feasible. 
Her ability to make unsympathetic characters sympathetic (like Lucian, in Demon: a Memoir) and present realistic, feasible scenarios, like in Havah, is the primary reason I'm scared to touch her most recent: Iscariot: a Novel of Judas. I have no desire to feel sorry for that man.
In Havah, Tosca addresses two questions throughout the book: "What if" and "How." She said in her ACFW class in Indianapolis last year that the one question starting all this was, "What if you loved the man in your life because he was the only one on Earth?" There were several other "what-if" questions addressed too, along with the "hows" of how did they discover to make linen? How did they learn to work sheep's wool? How did they learn to cook? Remember, Adam and Eve were the first to do absolutely everything.
If I had to pick one thing I really loved about the book, it would be Eve's character arc--and there is a definite arc, from creation to her death over 600 years later. If you read this, study the changes made in her personality. I think you'll agree with me.
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  1. I agree - the earlier parts of the story, and especially the expulsion from the garden are scenes I can't forget and I read it years ago.

    1. I was just going to say that. That part really stuck with me. I loved how she did that.

      On a separate note, I did read Iscariot and didn't find him too sympathetic.

    2. I've been wondering about Iscariot. Everyone says it's really good. I may have to get it and see for myself.

  2. Your review has made me want to read this right away! Thanks.

    1. I hope you like it. Tosca has a wonderful writing style. I think I can learn quite a bit from her--while enjoying her books! :D

  3. I loved this book--the way it began and the way it ended--the hope and redemption after such a tragic life of watching the effects of sin move through your children, children's children . . . Powerful