Kindle Price: $3.99

Save $10.96 (73%)

Read this title for free. Learn more
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited
OR

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Gates of Eden by [Degelman, Charles]
Kindle App Ad

Gates of Eden Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$3.99

Length: 376 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

click to open popover

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Editorial Reviews

Review

Gates of Eden captures the Vietnam Era's war at home through the passionate drives and personal commitments of author Degelman's very real characters, alive in a world where danger, ingenuity, sex and drugs are a part of life, not a Hollywood fantasy. A wonderful, gutsy, uncompromising read. Buy it! - S.Weinstein, NotAnotherBookReview

Set amidst the turmoil of the Vietnam War at home, seven rebels unite with others dissatisfied with the government and begin to plot against it, daring to go as far as rebellion. With a personal story among each of them, Gates of Eden is a fine novel of the period, very much recommended. -- Midwest Book Review

Epic chapters in American history often inspire fiction. One of the latest epic entries is Gates of Eden, set in the 1960s by theater artist and political activist Charles Degelman. The anti-war movement is the canvass for his story, and - while his novel is not autobiographical - the author knows his subject well. - Danny Feingold, Frying Pan News

Product Details

  • File Size: 778 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983321639
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harvard Square Editions (July 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MHBZQ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,594,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Rhodes Hileman on August 31, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Last week I finished reading "Gates of Eden" by Charles Degelman, a historical novel set in the U.S. in the sixties. At first, upon hearing of the book's imminent release, I thought we did not need another account of this decade.

We did, and this is it.

The story is distinguished by the interaction of romance, or at least sex, and politics.

We were then reacting against the principle of property, which we saw at the root of so much that was wrong with the larger American society. Possessiveness in general was deprecated.

So we tried to share everything, including each other. The logical outcome was communes and "free love", and that's what we did. (An example of "silver bullet" thinking, a common American foible.)

Meanwhile, the Vietnam war machine was chewing through our youth, and our conscience. We could respond with nothing but rage. The oppression of Blacks in the South was another major violence demanding a response from those who were free of it. SDS and SNCC did respond, and some were killed in action.

Both of these stories, of 60s sex and 60s protests, have been well covered, but "Gates of Eden" shows how they wove together to produce a most volatile mix.

Remembering the decade, I am grateful for this account of it. No one else has come so close to bringing it all back home.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Many books analyze and appraise the 1960's, but few capture what they were really like to live in. Charles Degelman's Gates of Eden fills this gap. It follows the overlapping stories of five young adults, as they face the freedoms, challenges and angers of that time. With them, the reader experiences voter registration drives in the rural south, daily life in SDS and FBI offices, demonstrations in Chicago, and even a visit to Hanoi. The characters are each carefully drawn, enabling the reader to both care about them and to understand their internal logic and differing choices as they respond to escalating disappointments with American society and the federal government. Choices that may seem naive or misguided in retrospect, make deep sense in their own time, and can only be really understood by jumping into a time machine. This novel is that machine.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This story about the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s in the USA has the kind of writing that attached me to it with velvet chains. I was completely engaged by the characters, their individual stories, their intertwined stories, and the overarching story. I knew what was going to happen -- I was there for some of it, I was aware and reading underground newspapers while it was happening -- but I was pulled along just like the characters were, towards an end that was really just a stop along the way, just a temporary sidetrack, and now where are we? And where should we be going and who is going with us? The author's choice of a cast of characters whose backgrounds were so different from one another gives us insight into the ways the issues manifested themselves in the lives of people from different races, different regions, different classes, and different temperaments. When you read the book through the lives of these characters you aren't left with questions about how so many became involved, made the commitment to give themselves to a cause larger than their own lives. You know how it happened so and with so many different kinds of members of the generation that made a revolution in our own country, within our own borders.

My favorite part of the book was the one that surprised me the most: the central female characters' dawning awareness and the outraged understanding of sexism within these movements for social justice. That part was especially brilliantly written, as was the fury-inducing behavior of the young men who wanted everyone's freedom but freedom for women.

The tying together at the very end of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and the Weathermen was moving and brilliant and, ultimately, made me feel hope that the struggle continues, gets renewed, is not lost.
A wonderful book.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I'll say the good things I have to say about this book with little art and less cant: "Gates of Eden" kicks ass. Having lived through the time in which it's set, though providentially not, like the author, near the center of the action, I find this account as hair-raisingly fraught as I always imagined the real thing to be -- which is why I was careful not to be there.

Degelman's novel follows the evolution of a handful of young, very engaging characters through the social upheaval of the 1960s. It rings powerfully of the truth underlying the headlines of that period, when Americans at home came to blows over war and civil rights, and something called the sexual revolution played havoc with the generations' expectations of themselves and each other. "Gates of Eden" lets you share the excitement of those days without the attendant risk of having your head busted open by nervous agents of the status quo.

But for readers so inclined, that opportunity is not lost. History does repeat itself.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love how GATES OF EDEN is written - the way you get to know the characters and they start to feel like people you actually do know and have spent intense actual hours with, you are not just reading about them. I enjoy the lyricism of the fictional aspects but also the authenticity of non fiction...for me its especially potent since a lot of the events or circumstances I dimly remember as a child and teenager and it's like filling in the colors in a book that's been black and white for me for awhile.. esp the blowing up of the townhouse...which was a vivid memory of mine on the threshold of adulthood. Also quite sexy...and wryly humorous xx Been reading it in drips and drabs (the segments can work that way) thru the summer but want to find time to really sit with it under a tree and do the whole thing again in one fell swoop....like a wonderful rich meal. Thanks for the journey!
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Gates of Eden
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Gates of Eden