I have a confession to make: I bought Moo Moo’s Signatures’ Garden of Eden purely because of the description:
Moo Moo still can’t forget about the paradise after reading some books about it from library.
(the review is at the end of this post, I’ll ramble a bit first)
It got me thinking: which books exactly did Moo Moo read? Because, as it happens, I am supposed to be writing a course diary right now with the theme of Garden of Eden. Maybe we read the same books! Let’s guess wildly!
Bible would be the first choice, I suppose. That’s where it all began. Now this was not a required read on my Literary Landscapes course, but I do know the basics. Cradle of humanity, paradise where all animals lived in peace with each other, and humans ruined it all. Serpent and Eve, everyone knows this story. With the infamous bite, we lost the eteranal life and gained wisdom. I always thought this was a bit dubious: why did wisdom mean that they started wearing clothes? Was it a symbol for progression? Why is innonce nakedness?
Biblical version of the Garden is also depicting possibly the real Jerusalem, or the promised land. This might be one and the same, since what Jesus (or whatever his name was) fought for was the actual, real promised land, on earth. He wasn’t talking about Heaven, but real land for Jews. Divine garden of Zion was also called Jerusalem. It gets a bit confusing. Maybe that is why Moo Moo can’t stop thinking about it?
From religious texts to fan fiction: John Milton’s Paradise Lost. His Paradise is a wild, hostile place:
So on he fares, and to the border comes
Of Eden, where delicious Paradise,
Now nearer, Crowns with her enclosure green,
As with a rural mound the champain head
Of a steep wilderness, whose hairie sides
With thicket overgrown, grottesque and wilde,
Access deni’d; and over head up grew
Insuperable highth of loftiest shade,
Cedar, and Pine, and Firr, and branching Palm
This is where Satan at first looks upon Eden. It’s protected by wilderness, overgrown and grotesque, as if to make outsiders feel unwelcome. Which Satan of course is, the poor thing. I always found Milton’s Prince of Hell quite a sympathetic character. What did Moo Moo think about him?
But this is all quite bleak. So… maybe all Moo Moo wants is a vacation? Garden of Eden is an actual place, after all, and Tigris and Euphrates still exist. (There’s some debate about Pishon and Gihon) Things are a bit… hectic in Iraq, Syria and Turkey at the moment though. Don’t go there, Moo Moo! There are nicer countries! Coasts of the Black Sea are nice, I hear.
Okay, this gets wilder by the minute! Maybe we should get back to polish review: I’m not usually one for green polishes, especially this near to Christmas. At first glance, the polish looked a basic fir tree green, but when one takes a closer look, it gets interesting! There’s tiny flakies and shimmer, and sometimes it looks darker, like it’s near black just beneath the surface. The holo is very subtle and nice. All the pictures are two coats with a top coat, which was plenty for good coverage. The formula was nice too. Turns out I like this! How about you?