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The Heming Way: How to Unleash the Booze-Inhaling, Animal-Slaughtering, War-Glorifying, Hairy-Chested Retro-Sexual Legend Within, Just Like Papa! Hardcover – November 27, 2012
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About the Author
MARTY BECKERMAN has written for The New York Times, Esquire (where he served as an editor), Playboy, Salon, Discover, Gawker, The Huffington Post, and the Daily Beast, among others. He lives in New York.
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Top Customer Reviews
Marty Beckerman is the king of the slackers. His latest book, The Heming Way, is a biography about Ernest Hemingway tailor-made for us slackers who normally wouldn't read a book. Any book that references Hemingway as "Like Jesus, only not a pussy." is DEFINITELY worth sifting through.
I had received a review copy of the book after he introduced himself to me via. e-mail, and automatically I fell in love. The first few pages had me in stitches, it's hard to believe anyone could write a book this raunchy. Put simply, its a biography that exploits the finer points of Hemingway's life and personality and not only worships the very way of life he lived, but describes it in a way that would make the man himself proud.
Through out the book, Beckerman refers to the various activities of Hemingway's and comments on how "manly" they were, and how anything else would be better suited to "prepubescent girls." The thing about that I find interesting, though, is that in a way he's right. Hemingway used to hunt for his food, instead of just buying it at the grocery store. He used to experiment with alcohol and invent various beverages himself. He lived a life of adventure, traveled everywhere, and saw things people today can't be bothered to go see. In a very clever, misogynistic, comedic way, Beckerman points out how society has "softened" between Hemingway's day and the present. He notes how people would rather talk about their lives on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook rather than go out and live their lives.Read more ›
It walks you how to be manlier, drink better, grow a beard, etc, etc, and the instructions are peppered with footnoted quotes and factiods about Hemingway. Essentially the exact opposite of the sort of book you'd see on Oprah -- completely un-PC and well documented.
There's a touch of legitimate anti-political correctness to it, similar to Kinky Friedman's lament of the "pussification of Texas" during his gubernatorial campaign. Mostly though, its an over-top romp of how to be a man's man with an improbably historical and literary basis for a backbone.
The book delivers the funny whilst highlighting the best parts of Papa's legacy. I wasn't sure you could wring out these many jokes and puns out of Hemingway's life, but Beckerman delivers, giving laugh-out-loud lines on every aspect of this storied history. If you don't think that war, hunting, womanizing, meat, fishing, writing, and alcoholism are hilarious, you just havent read this book yet.
It's obvious that Beckerman idolizes the man, which makes this passion of love work for the both the casual or obsessed fan. For any fan of Hemingway, or manliness, you can't go wrong with this book.
Or you could just go back to "getting in touch with your inner Papa" in the way you have been; but you're bound to run out of lotion and/or tissues at some point.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great insight into Hemmingway's lifestyle and excellent humourPublished 15 months ago by Vince Williams
Tongue set firmly in cheek, Marty Beckerman writes about the uber-masculine myth of Hemingway while bemoaning our sissified, technology-driven culture, encouraging a return to a... Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by James Kelly
You can run through this novel in record time and it is amusing because its Hemingway. A Time magazine might be a better purchase if you are looking for real information.Published on March 19, 2013 by gregorio
Ok, you should know going in what's in store from the cover photo. That being said, it is one of the funniest things around since Michael O'Donehugh was in his prime at National... Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Andy Henderson
I gave this book 5 stars because it was entertaining to me. That is the only reason that any book should receive a grade. Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Benjamin A. Selwyn
I bought this book for my bf and he loves it! What I've read in it--have to let him have a go at it first--I absolutely love. It's witty and very funny. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Megan Winkler
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up The Heming Way. I expected it to be kind of an over-the-top chronicle of the events of Hemingway's life, with comically undue emphasis... Read morePublished on July 3, 2011 by Craig L