Believe it or not:: The Old Testament. I started to read it for the poetry of Genesis. My earliest recall of how I loved words and sounds comes in Third Grade Hebrew School at Temple Sholem. Beresheit baracha adonai elohanu. In the beginning. Then, the waters and the seas--mayim, shamayim. The rhythm. I was swept away by the charm.
Genesis is a story about G-d's inability to manage anger. From the minute he creates Adam, things go awry and he (G-d) can't deal with the fact that G-d is imperfect. So, instead of looking inward, he blames his creations. And punishes them. Kind of like Cuomo and Deblasio now. Kind of like the Frankenstein story. Victor Frankenstein creates and then, ill, goes to bed, leaving his creature helpless, hungry, cold, scared. And Frankenstein then repudiates what he made and tries to destroy him. Spoiler alert: The creature wins.
G-d decides to create a mate for Adam, who, I suppose, is from the start, a disappointment. He's just not a mate to G-d. So, second try--take what you learned and make it better. Hence, Eve. Eve is also disappointed with Adam. He's no mate to her. The serpent--so charming. So skilled with words. So reassuring. So suave and debonair. And what happens--Eve eats. Adam eats. Just like G-d blames him for his insufficiences, he blames both G-d and Eve. G-d punishes them both and exiles them. But he doesn't stop talking to them.
Cain also has anger management issues. Cain kills Abel. Then blames everything and anything, but himself. He's learned from Adam, who learned it from G-d. Still, G-d talks to him. Even though he gets mad at all for not living up to his nonverbalized standards, he keeps the dialogue going.
Genesis is not well written. It skips around. It ignores things entirely, then comes back.
The main thing in Genesis--G-d talks to men directly. Sometimes he even negotiates with men. Ordinary men--not important men. Who is Cain, after all? Who is Noah?
Of course, after Eve, there are no women. Cain sires children--interesting. Cain has two daughters'in-law--Adah and Zillah. But where do they come from? Are they granddaughters of Eve? When Adam and Eve were exiled, was it to inhabited places--were they refugees? Does G-d not talk to them as well? Or are they only instruments of begetting--pretty much. Soon I will get to Lech Lechem--the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac. Of Rebeccah. Of Leah and Rachel--that may be the last time women have any dialogue besides general agreeableness.
After Eve, there is no dialogue between G-d and females. G-d doesn't talk to Adah, Zillah, Sarah, Rachel, Leah, Rebecca. Women are just plot devices in Genesis.
There's a lot of Jewish accounting. The ages of man (500, 600, 900years). The 40 days/nights of the ark. How long it took for the waters to subside and for Noah to alight.