©1986 Mary Hemingway, John Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway, and Gregory Hemingway. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
"A lean, sensuous narrative...taut, chic, and strangely contemporary....doing what nobody did better." (Time)
I'm a great fan of Hemingway and his masculine prose but I was very disappointed by this. I'm not blaming Papa, if he had been alive to finish it he might have licked it into shape but, as it is, I can understand why it was never published in his lifetime.
The female protagonist was repulsively vain and annoying in a way that I don't think was intended. I don't think I was supposed to hate her but I did. The only redeeming part of the story was the short interlude that describes the male protagonist boyhood adventures in Africa. And it was a good narrative effort I suppose.
"This Autobiograph novel reveals alot about Hemingw"
This is an autobiographical account of Hemingway in his earlier years. It was published posthumosly and given the revelations about his personal life I can see why he never published it during his lifetime. Alot is revealed about his sexual experiences but it is so subtle that it is easy to miss alot of it. He tells as a subplot some of his experiences in Aftrica Big Game hunting with his Father. I rate the book as 4 stars.
The reader (Patrick Wilson) did a fantastic job of portraying the characters, which added to my enjoyment of this novel. I rate his reading of this novel as 5 stars.
"Not my favorite Hemingway novel"
The narrative in this novel is excellent, consistent with his best writing. The character development is spotty, in my opinion and leaves the reader wishing for clearer purpose and understanding.
"Not my favorite Hemingway"
This was not one of my favorite Hemingway reads. The story starts of very sexy and transports you to an exotic French beach to enjoy the story of two newlyweds on a honeymoon. It was relxing to listen to but soon became annoying as nothing much happened. Day after day of banter ,eating and drinking. The title of the book is appropriate but the story could have been better developed. It just seemed to go flat.
"Not his best work"
The first 23 chapters of this story are about a couple who drinks too much, parties too much and has too much sex. 18 chapters of this over and over gets really old. The last 8 chapters encompass the bulk of the story but by this time I was really frustrated. I gave this two stars becouse the narrator did a very good job. The story is is whats bad
I would not recommend
"Terrible story line. The characters have no depth."
This book was not interesting and jumped around too much. It was like reading an unfinished thought.
"Great story and wonderful narration"
One of the best. Absolutely loved Patrick Wilson's narration
Everything since when Marita was introduced into the story
A story about a young wife struggle in dealing with mental illness and finding herself.
The most memorable moment for me came towards the end when the camels back finally broke.
This was my first time listening to Patrick. I thought he did very well.
I would have if I had the time. I was very long but as with any book I wanted to give it my undivided attention and not miss any moments.
This book made me laugh and cry a bit and want to read other Hemingway novels
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