70 Days With Hemingway And Me

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Entries from July 29th, 2009

Ready To Visit The Islands

July 29th, 2009 · No Comments · Islands in the Stream, Islands in the Stream (Movie)

Islands in the Stream, published in 1970 (nine years after Hemingway’s death) was the first of Hemingway’s novels to be published posthumously. I am always highly suspect of anything published after the demise of its creator. But my mind is open. I’m eager to discover this book’s treasures.
I know nothing about Islands in the [...]

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“It Was Too Good to Last,” He Thought.

July 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments · The Old Man and the Sea, The Old Man and the Sea (Audio Book)

Hemingway’s amazing novel The Old Man and the Sea reads better than even actor Charlton Heston can read it aloud – he, with one of the most amazing voices of all time. He doesn’t read it as well as I hear it in my head.
And that’s a good thing. It means Hemingway’s novel needs [...]

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“Losing It”

July 27th, 2009 · No Comments · Rush

Rush is one of my favorite bands, and has been since the mid 70s.
Their song “Losing It,” from the 1982 album Signals, is incredibly profound, and very sad. Some of the lyrics are, I think, about Ernest Hemingway. The song is about creative/artistic people losing their talent. Here are the lyrics:
The dancer slows [...]

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In The Immortal Words Of David Coverdale, “Here I Go Again On My Own…”

July 22nd, 2009 · No Comments · The Old Man and the Sea, The Old Man and the Sea (Audio Book), The Old Man and the Sea (Movie)

Now this book – Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea – I’ve read before. And loved. So much so that I used parts of it when I taught classes in Communication at a nearby university. There are lines in this book that are among the finest I’ve ever read in my [...]

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A Raised Glass to Richard Cantwell, Col. Infantry, USA.

July 20th, 2009 · No Comments · Across the River and Into the Trees

Sometimes I can’t believe my life.
Here I sit, listening to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos 1-2-3, enjoying a Partagas cigar, sipping a dry martini (made with ice-cold Boodles gin), and feeling a gentle breeze blowing off the lake virtually at my feet.
Does any human being deserve to live so royally?
Nope. In fact, if this was a Hemingway [...]

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This Movie Has It

July 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments · To Have and Have Not (Movie)

To Have and Have Not, Hemingway’s fourth novel (published in 1937), is a terrible book. It’s about a failed rum runner in Cuba who has a loving wife, two daughters, and a rummy for a first mate. He loses his arm in a gun fight, later gets involved with bank robbers, and eventually loses [...]

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A Farewell to Quality

July 18th, 2009 · No Comments · A Farewell to Arms (Movie)

A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway’s third novel (published in 1929), is a great book, full of interesting characters, unpredictable events, and snappy dialog — set against a backdrop of World War I.
A Farewell to Arms, the 1932 movie based on Hemingway’s book, is a terrible adaptation, largely because the film fell into public [...]

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I Begin Again. Once Again.

July 15th, 2009 · No Comments · Across the River and Into the Trees

Today, I start Ernest Hemingway’s sixth novel Across the River and Into the Trees, published in 1950.
I know I risk being labeled a mouth-breather. But I have to be honest. I know absolutely nothing about this novel, other than the fact that it boasts 308 pages in my leather-bound edition.
Embarrassing, isn’t it? I’ve [...]

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Oh, Ernie, I Failed Ye! Let Me Buy Ye An Absinthe to Make it Up to Ye!

July 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment · For Whom the Bell Tolls, For Whom the Bell Tolls (Movie)

One of the things I had hoped would come of my trip through the psyche of one Ernest Miller Hemingway was a better understanding of myself.
Lo and behold! It worked.
I’ve discovered I have less time than I thought I had. I couldn’t finish For Whom the Bell Tolls. I couldn’t even get half-way through. Not [...]

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Once Again I Begin. Again.

July 8th, 2009 · No Comments · For Whom the Bell Tolls, For Whom the Bell Tolls (Movie), John Donne

Today I being Hemingway’s sixth novel, the incomparable For Whom the Bell Tolls, which is arguably his most famous novel. In 1943 it was made into a movie that starred Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman.
For Whom the Bell Tolls was published in 1940. Hemingway was 41. America was not yet involved in World War [...]

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