70 Days With Hemingway And Me

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Author’s Final Note to the Reader

June 16th, 2009 · No Comments · The Torrents of Spring

Borrowing from a device used by Hemingway, I’d like to conclude my observations about The Torrents of Spring by mentioning – as an Author’s Final Note to the Reader – one of his literary sources: Henry Fielding.
Quotes from Henry Fielding begin each of the four sections of Hemingway’s first novel. For example (from Part One: [...]

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Hemingway the Screenwriter

June 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment · The Torrents of Spring

I noticed something as I lay on the blanket in the park reading The Torrents of Spring, Hemingway’s first novel, published in 1926:
Hemingway writes novels the way screenwriters write movies.
Screenwriting, according to Robert McKee, is writing on the knife-edge of the now. Whether it be a flashback or a flash forward, what an audience sees [...]

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The Torrents of Spring…Finis!

June 12th, 2009 · No Comments · The Torrents of Spring

At precisely 6:50 pm, at Thornapple Park, I finished Hemingway’s first novel, The Torrents of Spring.
I have many thoughts to share, many rabbit holes down which my mind has scampered.
First, however, I intend to read the book again. Perhaps twice more.
It’s at this time, after I’ve completed a project, that I’d want to read what [...]

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“Where Was Cadillac, Anyway?” (I Know a Thing Or Two)

June 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments · The Torrents of Spring

I find it hard to believe that Scripps — who knows intimate details of Chicago, Grand Rapids, and (seemingly) Paris and all points beyond — wouldn’t know where Cadillac is, even though it’s a mere 52 miles south of Mancelona.
Grand Rapids, by way of contrast, is 150 miles south Mancelona. Yet he’s heard of [...]

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The Impossibility of Scripps’ Journey

June 10th, 2009 · No Comments · The Torrents of Spring

I finished Part One (“Red and Black Laughter”) of the four parts that comprise The Torrents of Spring.
Now I will return to page one to re-read it.
Observations:
1. The main character in Part One (“Scripps O’Neil”) starts out in Mancelona (“Scripps left Mancelona. He was through with that place. What had a town like that to [...]

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Well, What Do You Know?

June 10th, 2009 · No Comments · The Torrents of Spring

I have been reading The Torrents of Spring sitting, cat-like, in a sunbeam on our balcony overlooking the water.
Here’s what I’ve noticed (so far) about Hemingway’s first novel:
1. It’s set in Michigan, where I was born, raised, and still live. (“Yogi Johnson stood looking out of the window of a big pump-factory in Michigan” – [...]

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I Begin.

June 10th, 2009 · No Comments · The Torrents of Spring

With my leather-bound edition of Hemginway’s first novel, The Torrents of Spring, in hand, I begin my day. The first day of the 70 I will spend with Ernest Hemingway.
I have never read The Torrents of Spring. I know nothing about it. All I know is that it was published in 1926.

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