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Death in the Afternoon Hardcover – Special Edition, July 6, 1999
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Much has changed since Hemingway wrote it. My memories of the bulls, corridas and faenas are more recent with names such as Miguel Baez El Litri, Manolo Gonzalez, Antonio Ordonez, El Codobes and others gracing the bull rings, giving both excellent and poor afternoons as they showed courage, and sometimes fear, of the bulls that had been allotted to them. In those years Angel Peralta, the rejonador, who carried out the faena from his beautiful horses, always made a very unique spectacle.
After going to many bull fights and novilladas over the years, I experienced ones where the "duende" had entered the ring, and everything went well, and to those where the bullfighters had cushions thrown at them as they failed in their duties.
To see the bulls in their corral,at a bull ranch at El Escorial, near Madrid, a few days before they were taken to the fight, one sensed that bulls and man are made for one another to share in the artistry and tragedy that has to end in death, of one or the other, or both.
Hemingway's book is for all those who want to understand this artistry and tragedy, before this unique event passes to history, as it has already done in Barcelona.
I thought the substance of the book itself was fascinating. I'm a little late into the Ernest Hemingway game having never really read him in high school. His writing style takes some getting used to. His knowledge of bullfighting, however, is astounding. I can understand why some people are so adamantly anti-bullfighting, and I do believe that in my lifetime bullfighting as it exists now will be outlawed. But Hemingway really does a good job of relating much more than the gruesome death of the bull, and takes you into the subleties and intracacies of what makes a bullfight interesting to watch.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in bullfighting. Its fairly involved, however, so if you're just passingly curious about the topic it may not be for you. It is fairly dense, and there are some portions of the book where he strays from the topic entirely, but the book as a whole is incredibly informational. I would recommend that you not buy the General Books OCR Reprint Edition.