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Across the River and Into the Trees

Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
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Set in Venice at the close of World War II, Across the River and into the Trees is the bittersweet story of a middle-aged American colonel, scarred by war and in failing health, who finds love with a young Italian countess at the very moment when his life is becoming a physical hardship to him.

It is a love so overpowering and spontaneous that it revitalizes the man's spirit and encourages him to dream of a future, even though he knows that there can be no hope for long. Spanning a matter of hours, Across the River and into the Trees is tender and moving, yet tragic in the inexorable shadow of what must come.

©1950 Ernest Hemingway, 1978 Mary Hemingway. All rights reserved (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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Gritti romance - Piazza San Marco to Harry?s Bar

So much about what is essential to this closely post war work has become common-place - ironically largely due to the enormous influence exerted over 1950?s and 60?s popular culture by Hemingway.
The landscape of Venice is now very familiar, Harry?s Bar being a central tourist destination, Valpolicella is on the shelf at every supermarket, there?s an Italian restaurant seemingly on every corner of every town, Generals David Petraeus, Stanley McChrystal and Nick Parker chase each other back and forth across the Six O?Clock News...and, whilst once there was a Hemingway on every bookshelf of every house, the link with the 1954 Nobel Laureate is broken.
Where there is talk these days, it is of the other major works - and so dipping into this secondary tier of the oeuvre is an interesting and well worth while excursion.
Lots to enjoy - and plenty to reflect on. Nothing more striking than the role of the Hero-Colonel and the siting of this mucho macho romance over the table top and across the counterpane of the 51 year old Hemingway?s liaison with the 19 year old Adriana Ivancich.

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  • Ian
  • 28-09-06

Extremely listenable

One of the things that I am most grateful to Audible for is introducing me to Hemingway. Like everything else of his this is sparsely written but magnificent and evocative. The economy of construction lends well to narration and the narrator is clear and interesing to listen to.

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  • N. D. Hemingway
  • 27-03-18

A good book.

The book is 40% the rambling thoughts of a war veteran, and 50% banter between him and his young girlfriend. With that alone, Hemingway is able to make the reader understand.
I wasn't sure I liked it until it was over. I didn't think there was much to it until I looked back and saw how much I had learned about a person.

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  • Kevin
  • 13-02-17

Better than expected

Contemporary critics did not care for Hemingway's "Across the River and Into the Trees." I enjoy Hemingway quite a bit and finally made my way to this novel. I found it to be a very touching story. The brief descriptions of leadership in war are both informative and heartbreaking. Highly recommended.

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  • thomas
  • 02-01-16

narrator lifts the novel

What about Boyd Gaines’s performance did you like?

Boyd Gaines gives an exquisite reading of one of Hemingway's more modest novels. In fact, it is read so well that in the audio version, the book exceeds its written impact. Boyd understands this novel so well, he gives me a newer insight into an old novel once only read.

This is the magic of audiobooks.

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  • zene
  • 27-09-10

across the river and into the trees

I have enjoyed all of Hemmingway" books to date,(I have read several),but I'm beginning to worry that I can relate to all of his primary characters; and that does not feel all that "great". I would hope that I can cultivate a more encouraging outlook/perspective to my second 50 years.

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  • Tim
  • 11-12-19

Summary: He: "I love you." She: "I love you too!"

Hemingway once said that the "The Sun Also Rises" was arithmetic and "Across the River and Into the Trees" was calculus. True - from sheer boredom. There is some deep symbolic stuff going on: "Renata" the female lead, her name means "rebirth." Nothing happens except that an older man tells his 19 year old girlfriend he loves her 300 times and she repeats it 300 times back. To fill the rest of the book the main character tells boring stories about WW2 battles and why the commanders were not very good (each corresponding to a different level of Hell like Dante's Inferno). Hemingway is writing for depth but he needs a strong story to keep the readers' interest.
I will say the opening and closing chapters describing a duck hunt are among the best of his writing. As usual, this was a short story that he unwisely turned into a novel.

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  • David Keuning
  • 22-09-18

Hemingway’s overindulgent

I’m a big Hemingway Aficionado but this is not his better work. Too much of the dialog sounds like he’s only putting his own words into the mouths of his characters.

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  • Steve
  • 30-10-06

Disappointing!

I started this book years ago and never finished it. I spotted it on Audible and thought this time I will get to hear what happens. Unfortunately I didn’t. I am a huge fan of Hemingway but this book is awful. I have tried to listen to it 3 times and even though it is read really well and with passion, I have abandoned it once again. Get any of the other Hemingway books as they are brilliant, stay well clear of this one.

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  • Patrick
  • 06-05-12

A Bit of a let down.

I really couldnt follow this story. It seemed like Hemingway was not sure of himself when writing this one. For Whom the Bell Tolls was a work that left you wanting more but it was all I could do to drag my way through this one. To be fair I am not a great writer but I just didnt feel anything when listening to this verses For Whom the Bell Tolls where I felt the fear, anger, rage, passion, ect. All in all though it wasnt a waste of time.