Paradise Lust

I enjoy reading romance and adult fiction. You know, those kind of books that you can only legally read when you’re 18 years old and above. Books where the characters indulge themselves in the pleasure of the flesh legally or illegally in the most erotic or shameless manner.

Yes… I enjoyed them, but I enjoy reading documentary and case study much more than fiction books. I like archeology, history and mythologies. I like it even more if the book in question is talking about biblical archeology- you know, the search for Holy Grail, the remains of Noah’s Ark, etc.

This book, Paradise Lust- Searching For Garden of Eden is somewhat a documentary on the search for the real location of Garden of Eden. This is my kind of book. I absolutely love this book though people might find it very boring and uninteresting.

I find this book very inspiring and very insightful, and it helps me understand the metaphor and biblical scriptures theology alot better. This book have a lot of theories, and gives different take on the creation of Adam and Eve.

Scientists, and biblical archaeologist may still not be able to pinpoint the exact location of the Garden of Eden as the bible itself was rather ambiguous about it. It doesn’t help either that the big flood happened and changed the face of the Earth forever. Scientists may believe that Garden of Eden may longer exists now, but I truly believe that it is somewhere on Earth, guarded by God’s angel from men who are expelled from it. Call me a romantic, but I supposed Garden of Eden is one of God’s best kept secret.

I believe that the book of Genesis itself is a map for it described the location of Garden of Eden in this:

And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

(Genesis 2:10-14 KJV)

To me, find the location of the river stated in Genesis, you’d find where Garden of Eden is… or was. Problem is… the great flood happened (You know, Noah’s Ark and stuff), and some of these rivers may no longer exists.

Garden of Eden could be anywhere, and this book suggest some possible location for it. This book is a very interesting read. At least, it is, for a believer like me.

I rate this book 5 stars. Highly recommended for believers who often wonders about things like me.

I received this digital ARC from Grove Press via Netgalley and I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review.

Book description:

It seems that ever since mankind was kicked out of the Garden of Eden for eating the forbidden fruit, we’ve been trying to get back in. Or at least, we’ve been wondering where the Garden might have been.

St. Augustine had a theory, and so did medieval monks, John Calvin, and Christopher Columbus. But when Darwin’s theory of evolution permanently altered our understanding of human origins, shouldn’t the search for a literal Eden have faded away? Not so fast.
In Paradise Lust, Brook Wilensky-Lanford introduces readers to the enduring modern quest to locate the Garden of Eden on Earth. It is an obsession that has consumed Mesopotamian archaeologists, German Baptist ministers, British irrigation engineers, and the first president of Boston University, among many others. These quixotic Eden seekers all started with the same brief Bible verses, but each ended up at a different spot on the globe: Florida, the North Pole, Ohio, China, and, of course, Iraq. Evocative of Tony Horwitz and Sarah Vowell, Wilensky- Lanford writes of these unusual characters and their search with sympathy and wit. Charming, enlightening, and utterly unique, Paradise Lust is a century-spanning history that will take you to places you never imagined.

12 comments

    • Cleffairy says:

      Yalorr… I didn’t want to request this book to review earlier on… cuz the cover looks strange and the title oso one kind. But glad I did… very insightful book though the title is abit out! LOL!

  1. MRC says:

    Yeap i mean the garden of eden supposedly the “best place for human’s intimacy” until the curiosity kills the cat !(humans in this case)

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