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Four Days with Hemingway's Ghost Paperback – July 2, 2012
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About the Author
Tom Winton was born and raised in New York City. He has done everything from working on a railroad gang in the Colorado Rockies to driving a taxicab in Manhattan. He has also been a mailman, a salesman, an entrepreneur and more. He now lives in Florida with his wife Blanche and their ill-tempered, but lovable, Jack Russell terrier, Ginger.
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In this book, the author tells the story of a supernatural encounter with the literary icon, Ernst "Papa" Hemingway. Told from a first-person perspective, the story reads very much like a personal memoir. With pages that are filled with dynamic scenes, historic details, and colorful monologue, the author weaves a story that is believable. In fact, the prose draws the reader into the story and gives us cause to maybe loosen our grip on our notion of what is absurd. It is then that we open our minds to the realm of possibility. After all, there is much that is beyond our current knowledge and understanding of the universe. With that said, who are we to say that such an encounter is impossible? Shouldn't we at least entertain the idea???
It didn't take long for me to grow fond of Jack Phelan. Being a long time grass cutter myself, I could relate to Jack's little accident.
Tom Winton created a journey that was believable and sometimes heart wrenching. I'm not fond of first person but I barely even noticed since the story was intriguing and the settings were so vivid. I felt like I was there with Papa Hemingway and Jack. I could see the haze of the smoke and smell that mix of alcohol and old well-visited bars. I enjoyed the flora and fauna, familiar scenes in the Keys, and the busy streets of Cuba. I swayed and swooned with the dancers.
It took me a bit longer to read this book because I'm not a real fan of e-books. I still love the feel of a book in my hands and the turning of the pages. I was enamoured by the obvious amount of research and the creativity involved in Tom Winton's portrayal of this story. Naturally, I was eager to learn if Jack would come back to consciousness and Blanche. I was never disappointed. In fact, I read the ending few pages several times just so I could stay a little while longer with Ernest Hemingway's ghost and Jack.
Jack realizes that someone is standing beside him on the street; he looks and realizes it is the author, Ernest Hemingway, who has been dead for 50 years. What ensues is a beautiful romp with a famous author / mentor guiding Jack through some of Hemingway's favorite haunts and giving him a look at what the real Hemingway was really like. Hemingway, having been sent by the "man upstairs" to help decide whether Jack will recover and go on to use the talents God has given him or whether he will die,tries to mentor the young man and guide him to see his potential. The time he spends with Hemingway is delightful and the rest of the book is very realistic for todays time. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read !!!!