Eating of the Forbidden Fruit [NOOK Book]

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"Eating of the Forbidden Fruit" is a lighthearted first-hand account about the seductive perils of our time. The principal character is the narrator's much older cousin, Albrecht, a tradition-bound Austrian nobleman laboring quixotically in his modest castle in the mountains of the Tirol to save humanity from its excesses. He is bedeviled by family problems: his mother Istenne, who retreated years ago to a penurious existence in a dilapidated chateau in France following her idealistic involvement with a famous American black; his enchanting
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Eating of the Forbidden Fruit

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Overview

"Eating of the Forbidden Fruit" is a lighthearted first-hand account about the seductive perils of our time. The principal character is the narrator's much older cousin, Albrecht, a tradition-bound Austrian nobleman laboring quixotically in his modest castle in the mountains of the Tirol to save humanity from its excesses. He is bedeviled by family problems: his mother Istenne, who retreated years ago to a penurious existence in a dilapidated chateau in France following her idealistic involvement with a famous American black; his enchanting daughter, Princess Stephanie, whose love affairs leave even her unconventional grandmother Istenne aghast; and his much younger cousin, the narrator, whose Americanized ways offend every tenet of Albrecht's existence.

There is also God, whether in the guise of the stern but just Yahweh of Abraham or the gentle ever-forgiving Jesus Christ.

Beyond its array of personal conflicts and revelations, "Eating of the Forbidden Fruit" is the story of Albrecht's conviction that humanity's unbridled ways can still in our day have the same sort of incalculable consequences as the loss of Paradise by Adam and Eve.

The settings for the book's drama span a half-dozen European countries and also include a burgundy red studio apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a working dairy farm in Massachusetts, and an ocean-side cottage in Laguna Beach.

"Eating of the Forbidden Fruit" carries a special message for those who subscribe to the popular mantra of our day, "You only go around once, so grab all the pleasures you can."

"Tender, funny, touching and true -- a unique page-turner."
--Stephen Birmingham
Author "Our Crowd"

"The author has succeeded in reaching a depth of feeling and expression few writers even know about, much less arrive at."
--Lewis H. Lapham
Editor Emeritus, Harper's Magazine
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012789570
  • Publisher: Tallamon
  • Publication date: 6/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 185 KB

Meet the Author

Born in Prague in 1935, Ernest Kolowrat attended schools in the former Czechoslovakia, Turkey and England before emigrating to the United States following the Communist coup in 1948. He graduated from Yale in 1956 and served as a naval reserve officer for three years on a refueling ship with the U. S. Pacific Fleet. In 1958 he participated in Operation Hardtack in the Marshall Islands, where he witnessed more than a dozen nuclear and thermonuclear explosions.

During the decade of the 1960s, Ernest Kolowrat was employed as world affairs editor for Scholastic Magazines in New York, director of information for the American Institute for Foreign Study in Greenwich, Connecticut, and director of 10th Anniversary Programs of the Peace Corps in Washington. Since 1971, he has been a free lance writer, publicist and film maker. He has made promotional films on such varied subjects as the Boca Raton Hotel and Club, the Seminole Indians and the Basque game of Jai-Alai. He has worked with talent ranging from Jose Ferer to Don Shula.

He is the author of "Hotchkiss: A Chronicle of an American School." His memoir, "Confessions of a Hapless Hedonist" was published as a trilogy in the Czech Republic, where each of the volumes became a best seller.

Ernest Kolowrat is married to Barbara W. Newell. Over the past 25 years, the couple has shared their lives in Florida, Massachusetts and Prague.
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