Picks and Pans Review: Fallen

updated 10/10/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/10/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

By David Maine

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The Bible offers great plots, but character development can be spotty. Here Maine crawls inside the heads of the original dysfunctional family—Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel. In this gently humorous take on their foibles (shepherd Abel can't do math, for example), Maine moves backward, beginning with Cain as an old man. Details, such as the rashes that Eve and Adam incurred by covering themselves with poorly chosen plant matter, make one of the oldest stories fresh. Maine works a minor miracle by affecting a tone that is as respectful as it is insightful.


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