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Now he would never write the things that he had saved to write until he knew enough to write them well. Well, he would not have to fail at trying to write them either. Maybe you could never write them, and that was why you put them off and delayed the starting. Well he would never know, now.In the story, at least, the hero gets some points for stoic acceptance, as well as an epiphanic vision of Kilimanjaro's summit, "wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun." (The movie version is another matter: Gregory Peck makes it back to the hospital, loses a leg, and is a better person for it.) But Hemingway's other great white hunter, in "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," is granted a less dignified exit. This time the issue is cowardice, another of Papa's bugaboos: poor Francis is too wimpy to face down a wounded lion, let alone satisfy his treacherous wife in bed. Yet he does manage a last-minute triumph before dying--an absolute assertion of courage--which makes the title a hair less ironic than it initially seems. No wonder these are two of the highest-caliber (so to speak) tales in the Hemingway canon. --Bob Brandeis --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
When Minneapolis dentist and recreational big-game hunter Walter Palmer killed Cecil the lion on a hunt in Zimbabwe during June-July of 2015, he triggered a storm of protest for... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Scrapple8
This is a priceless collection of short stories by our greatest American author.Published 3 months ago by mmcleodamcom99
Hemingway is a great writer and you can't go wrong with any book written by this author.Published 4 months ago by Susan Thompson
I was very disappointed wth the story .Maybe I expected more from the autorPublished 4 months ago by dagmar kunc
I realized while reading through this work that I am not personally crazy about Hemingway. Oh Well!Published 5 months ago by TED KAZ
I may not be the biggest Hemingway fan, but you can't deny good writing. Great to have on your bookshelf.Published 10 months ago by Juliana LV
It is Hemingway, after all. Crisp narrative, and superior character development!Published 10 months ago by John T. Kramer