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Janet MaslinFallen - an instantly disarming book, thanks to the image of squabbling cherubs on its cover - is a risky, original undertaking. It is not one of those parasitical fables that siphon all their inspiration from borrowed material. Mr. Maine uses 40 chapters (a number with much biblical resonance, starting with Noah and the flood) to reconstruct the early Book of Genesis in reverse, as a way of amplifying hindsight and regret.
— The New York Times