70 Days With Hemingway And Me

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Entries from June 29th, 2009

What “I” Have Noticed…

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments · A Farewell to Arms

As with his first two novels, Hemingway wrote A Farewell to Arms in the first person. But the name of who’s talking – also in similar fashion to his first two novels – isn’t immediately revealed.
In fact, the full name of the “I” telling the story in A Farewell to Arms isn’t made known until [...]

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I Begin Again. Again.

June 24th, 2009 · No Comments · A Farewell to Arms, A Farewell to Arms (Movie)

Hemingway’s third novel, A Farewell to Arms, published in 1929, awaits my reading.
Aside from the fact that I’ve heard this and that (it’s about a war and it was made into a movie, twice – once, in 1932, starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes, and once, in 1957, starring Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones), [...]

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The Sun Sets on The Sun Also Rises

June 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment · The Sun Also Rises

Last night, around 11:58, I finished The Sun Also Rises.
I’m not sure I liked Hemingway’s second novel. But I’m not sure I didn’t, either. I read it, got caught up in the transient nature of the ex-pats, who traveled all over Europe but mostly – from the perspective of the protagonist, Jacob Barnes – from [...]

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Irony, Pity…and Shoegazers

June 21st, 2009 · No Comments · The Sun Also Rises

It was a perfect day for reading The Sun Also Rises – the sun was high, the sky was blue, the water was still, and the beer was cold. When the beer was gone, the gin and tonic was cold.
The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway’s second novel (published in 1926), features the same crisp writing that [...]

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I Begin. Again.

June 17th, 2009 · No Comments · The Sun Also Rises, The Sun Also Rises (Movie)

Today, I start reading Ernest Hemingway’s second novel, The Sun Also Rises, which is about the “Lost Generation” (American ex-pats living in France and Spain in the 1920s). This is the novel that put Hemingway on the map.
So I look forward to delving into it.
Although I thought The Torrents of Spring was interesting, I hope [...]

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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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