Though one of the least known of his books, a screen adaptation of Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden is currently filming in Spain, weird because it’s set on the French Riviera. According to Homes Worldwide, the 2008 film adaptation is being directed by John Irvin, and stars Jack Huston (who ever he is) as David Bourne, with Mena Suvari as his new wife, Catherine.
One of Ernesto’s many posthumously published books, he started it in 1946 and worked on it on an off for the next 15 or so years, leaving it unfinished at the time of his big bang. The book eventually saw daylight 40 years later, with Scribner’s releasing it to little avail in 1986. GoE isn’t considered one of the old boy’s significant works, but it’s really not a bad novel at all. Lightweight by Ernesto’s standards, but still quite readable, and quite kinky for him as it tells the story of newlyweds David and Catherine Bourne’s Riviera honeymoon, where they meet an attractive woman named Marita, and before you know it, everybody is screwing everybody.
Catherine is based partly on EH’s second wife Pauline and partly on mad dog Zelda Fitzgerald—she’s slightly wacko. But she’s one of Hemingway’s best female characters, making the book worth reading just for her. Let’s hope she has as much depth in the film and that Suvari is up to the task.