Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Book Reviews: Retrospective review on Hemmingway.

Retrospective review on Hemmingway


I read Hemmingway as a boy and was then particularly stricken by:  the Old Man, Kilimanjaro, the Killers and most of his short fiction. So, it came as no surprise that as a result of the United States’ renewed relationship with Cuba, I decided to check out a bunch of Hemmingway and wade through as many as possible. Jumping out of my chair, I ran down to the shelves and discovered a sparse collection of tattered and rebound mid-century bound books under the Hemmingway banner; alas, I carried The Snows of Kilimanjaro and other stories, The Old Man and the sea, To Have and Have Not and Men without Women home with me to read and ponder. Whew! Well, I was very surprised with the ripe language in To Have And Have Not and through much of those old crusty well-read books. However, I was soon captured by the prose and direct language he is so good at as I became a bullfighter, fisherman, charter boat captain… remembering my youth and times gone by.  Hemmingway isn’t for everyone, but he is great for me…