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    Yesterday and today I watched the second and third chapters of the Ken Burns film on PBS. Good stuff. Of course I'm not surprised, what with it being Burns and PBS (and Hemingway). Now I'll have to keep my eye out for the first part.
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    I caught bits and parts too and enjoyed it. He was a complex man it seems. Hemingway is my favorite author. I find his books easy to read, unlike some other "great" authors that (for my apparently weak mind) require a lot of work to slog through. I've read For Whom the Bell Tolls, Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, and A Farwell to Arms. Only thing, many of his stories end with a bitter ending. Don't know if I can go back and read them again knowing this...

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    I really never enjoyed Hemingway much. I did enjoy visiting his haunts in Madrid, though. Some cool bars.
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    I read Farewell to arms, and Old man and the sea. His life was filled with violence experiencing WW1 and 2, also the Spanish civil war. He was a reporter at Normandy on D day. He killed himself with a shotgun blast to the head, that is intense. I don't what would go through anyone's mind to make them decide that this is next on the things to do list. No doubt he was a talented writer, his fame shows that. I believe he had a dark cloud in his mind.
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    I was in an American literature class and The short happy lif of Francis McComber was being twisted into numerous self-assuring shapes by the angry Cadre of proto woke feministas.

    They really hated me when I said he was better off dead and so rid of his wife.

    The essence of The old man and the sea is tucked inside of Islands in the stream. If I picked a favorite Itd be that.
    Add Steinbeck and William Faulkner to your reading list Rob.
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    I happen to catch some of these episodes including the final one last evening. I had not planned on watching it but if I am within earshot of a tv when a Ken Burns history show is on I am powerless to escape.

    Hemingway was a singular talent as a writer but left a lot to be desired as a person. He was eventually consumed by his own myth. In that he is not unique among artists through history..
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    I have never read any of Hemingway's work, but hear his name from time to time since my wife is a distant relative. Coincidentally, she's quite the writer. Wonder if it's genetic. Watching some of this film I'm hoping that's all, if anything, is genetic.
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    Hemingway's work was never a favorite of mine. I much prefer Fitzgerald and Steinbeck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob S. View Post
    Hemingway's work was never a favorite of mine. I much prefer Fitzgerald and Steinbeck.
    Steinbeck is a master. If we're talking about the greatest American writers, the list MUST include Twain.
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