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By-line: Ernest Hemingway

By-line: Ernest Hemingway

Written by Ernest Hemingway

Narrated by Scott Campbell


By-line: Ernest Hemingway

Written by Ernest Hemingway

Narrated by Scott Campbell

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5/5 (5 ratings)
Length:
15 hours
Released:
Jun 26, 2007
ISBN:
9780743561990
Format:
Audiobook

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Across three continents and four decades...here is Hemingway -- the adventurer, the reporter, the man! More intimately than all his fiction, Hemingway the reporter reveals Hemingway the man -- driving an ambulance through a bullet-barrage or leading guerrilla forces into Paris -- always in the thick of the action. Here are his most sensational dispatches -- the grisly truth about Mussolini, the horrors of total war, the rootless expatriates of the Lost Generation, the blood and beauty of bullfighting and big game hunting...Here are the behind-the-scenes stories that became For Whom the Bell Toll, A Farewell to Arms, and The Sun Also Rises.

Released:
Jun 26, 2007
ISBN:
9780743561990
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (4/5)
    It was good. It was very good.

    Hemingway wrote “a classic is a thing that everyone talks about yet almost no one reads.”

    To be a writer of the stature of Hemingway and to have written so many classics, most of them hailed as masterpieces when he was still alive, to known as America’s Greatest Living Author must have been both exhilarating and have come down on him like the kiss of death.

    This book is filled with little known (at least to me) clever, witty, gritty, lively, extraordinarily well written pieces that show astonishing literary muscularity considering that they were meant as “quick buck” pieces for the newspapers and periodicals of the day (periodicals from the 1920’s through his time in Cuba).

    They were (again, at least to me) a shot-in-the-arm for a renewal of interest in reading some of the author’s longer works that I have time and again tried to read through several of and have never managed to finish anything but The Old Man And The Sea (which I was forced to read in school and don’t remember) and his Collected Short Stories.

    Most of the pieces could have been written yesterday...or tomorrow and in no way feel dated. They are, in fact, refreshing enigmatic, ironically humorous and energetically articulate to a super-modern degree.

    Although, classed as non-fiction, their narrative style at times causes confusion in the mind’s eye with their value as art, and art in the best sense, too: as light, clean, hard, smooth, gritty and gut-wrenching as anything you could have wished to be conveyed in the medium of the written word.

    Extra note: I tried again to read THE SUN ALSO RISES and sadly, only got to page 148 before giving up.

    Perhaps, I will go through life never to have read, as an adult, any book other than this one and those Short Stories (like WINNER TAKE NOTHING).

    So, I will read through this one twice.

    The narration was excellent, masterfully suited for this material.