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WINE, WINE AND MORE WINE
An excellent look at a young writer's life before he hit the big time. Written so well that you will be taken back in time and to Paris. No story here, this is a memoir. Also a great look into the 20's and the attitudes of other writers at the time.
20 of 22 people found this review helpful
I honestly didn't read any Hemingway until 20 year after I learned who he was (and that was mostly because of his super-model offspring). But after "Farewell to Arms" I quickly realized how this man drop-kicked a whole new level of intensity into literature.
But this work is nothing like the gut wrenching drama in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" or "The Son also Rises". This collection of memoirs reads more like short stories, and the short stories are even more fascinating because they're based on real people and events. Hemingway's view of the world is still pretty macho - but he's also struggling with money and not sure if he'll ever be a success at this point. He's also not sure if having to rub shoulders with these other soon to be iconoclastic characters is worth his while either. The frank and irreverant observations are even more fun considering our current celebrity obsessed culture.
So if you've thought Hemingway was too heavy for your taste, you still may really enjoy this book. If you enjoy reading first hand accounts of important literary figures, you'll love this book. And if you ever plan to go to Paris, you must hear this book!
31 of 35 people found this review helpful
Like a movable Café in Paris itself, this audio book can be revisited so many times at any page in whatever weather, best of all, of course, is when it’s raining.
You’ll hear some lovely anecdotes of writers/ artists living in the same era as Hemingway, which is most unique and refreshing. It was like your high school desk mate telling you about the girl from the class next door.
Hemingway also explores his relationship with writing, that he speaks of with such respect and affection. I came across many famous sentences I’ve read before as quotes throughout my literary eduction in my teenage hood. It felt both nostalgic and very endearing.
A masterpiece of the genre. An achingly beautiful insight into Hemingway, the times and the places. Plus a brilliant reader.