The Ernest Hemingway Thread

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  1. Benzadmiral

    Benzadmiral Call Me a Cab

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    Everybody who wants to be well-read, or wants to be a writer, needs to read Hemingway, at least For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Beyond that, he can be a bit dull (the entire middle section of FWtBT is pretty hard reading, until they finally start out to "blow the bridge"), but as somebody I once knew said, "He brought the English language back from rococo."
     
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  2. GJ nord

    GJ nord Familiar Face

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    my gt uncle use to read that book to his crew mates (RAF Lancaster crew in 1942/43) (it was the spanish version so he had to translate it for them).
     
  3. apba1166

    apba1166 A-List Customer

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    Islands in the Stream. The only one that matters now. Even if, or especially because, it was unedited and unrevised for publication. The one book he really believed in, and for good reason. They threw it back at him, and then he leaves the planet.
     
  4. Tiki Tom

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    I am also an Islands in the Stream fan. Over the past 20 years I have reread it 3 times, most recently when I was in Havana last week (ping!) I reread the section of the book titled “Cuba”. It’s both comic and tragic. Mostly, for me, the voice is pure Hemingway and very evocatively captures the “feel” of the time and place. Something about the opening chapter of the book keeps bringing me back to it.
     
  5. HadleyH1

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    Hem....never too far from his cats he loved them...here with one at Finca Vigia, Cuba

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  6. Tiki Tom

    Tiki Tom One Too Many

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    I consider myself a fan, and fairly knowledgable on most things related to EH. But I was put to shame when I visited the finca earlier this year and met a guy who could name all the Hemingway cats and describe their attributes too.
     
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  7. HadleyH1

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    Wow! that's amazing! :)
     
  8. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

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    That might be a good thing for you as taking fandom too far can stroll into crazy town.
     
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    p51 One Too Many

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    I was recently in Paris and noticed "Hemmingway stayed here" signs on more than a few buildings...
     
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  12. wallypop

    wallypop New in Town

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    Hemingway? ok I guess but vastly overrated. Seemed he was self-centerd and somewhat cruel....
     
  13. Tiki Tom

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  14. Tiki Tom

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    Awww. A.E. Hotchner has died at 102. He was, of course, the young journalist who Hemingway befriended in the 1950s and who accompanied Hem on various trips to Europe and Cuba. After Hem’s suicide, Hotch wrote quite a charming portrait of those years. Later, he adapted some of EH’s work for TV, etc. Had a full life in his own right, beyond Hemingway’s shadow. But for decades he never wavered from having generally good things to say about the man, while still acknowledging his faults, and remaining a friend.

    https://www.npr.org/2020/02/18/806991677/remembering-ernest-hemingway-biographer-a-e-hotchner
     
  15. Tiki Tom

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    “New” (previously unpublished) story by Hemingway just published (June 2020) in the New Yorker. Titled “Pursuit as Happiness” it is a bit of escapism about an extended fishing safari off the coast of Havana in 1933 in pursuit of giant marlin. Typically Hem. In the 30s Hemingway regularly published sport pieces in Esquire. It seems like this might have originally been intended to be another Esquire installment. Some of the action takes place at the Floridita. Most enjoyable element is the relationship between the narrator and his friend, the boat’s skipper.

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/08/pursuit-as-happiness
     
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