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Hemingway's Guns: The Sporting Arms of Ernest Hemingway Hardcover – November 16, 2010
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First, the authors include John Steinbeck in the Lost Generation gathered in Paris in the twenties. He wasn't there. Steinbeck himself, in his landmark work, "Travels with Charley (in Search of America)" discusses what he was up to "when others were being a Lost Generation in Paris." It seems Steinbeck was in California attempting to learn the writing trade, and he did, as evidenced by the publication of "Cannery Row." This is something that any sophomore English major would know and certainly should exist in the knowledge base of some one holding themselves out as knowing anything much about Hemingway.
Later on, the writers state that Hemingway's Idaho "gang"...folks he hunted and partied with in Sun Vally...included Clark Gable. It didn't. Though the "gang" numbered some pretty tony company - folks like Gary Cooper, Anna Roosevelt, Ingrid Bergman, etc. - Gable was never a part of it. There is a Lloyd Arnold photo in "High on the Wild with Hemingway" of son Jack on the slopes at Sun Valley with Gable and others. But at the time it was taken, in 1944, Papa was off covering the allies' landing in Europe when he wasn't a clandestine participant in it.Read more ›
Though I've never been a fan of Hemingway or his writing I've always had something of a passing interest in him and his pursuits. Perhaps it's because I am an Idahoan and Hemingway is so intertwined with my state's history. Perhaps because in spite of myself there is just something about his life that just interests me.
Hemingway was a wealthy man. His wealth allowed him to live a life of leisure and the freedom to pursue whatever interested him. Among those interests was deep sea fishing,firearms and big game hunting. So not only did Hemingway write about the adventurous life he lived it. Not surprisingly he was an avid gun collector and owned (possibly) hundreds if firearms during his lifetime.
The authors have attempted to track the better known of the many firearms that Hemingway owned and used throughout the course of his life. Since it is believed that he probably owned several hundred firearms during his 60 (+) years they have chosen to look at approximately 20 (give or take a few) of those firearms. The ones that he wrote about, was photographed using, others remembered him using etc. Each chapter covers Hemingway's use as well as a history of the respective models and the companies that made them.
If at all possible the authors have determined what happened to those individual firearms. Sometimes they found them (such as Hemingway's famous .577 Nitro double barrel rifle) and sometimes the firearms have been lost forever (such as Hemingway's Thompson sub-machine gun).Read more ›
The authors devoted an entire chapter to the Colt Woodsman pistols. While the specific model, Colt Woodsman, is not given, they surely missed the boat when they could have at least alluded to the Nick Adams short story, Big Two Hearted River. In it, Nick recalls a .22 caliber Colt automatic pistol, given to him by his friend Hop. I would bet that Hemingway had the Colt Woodsman model pistol in mind when Nick recalls his friend Hop.
Just as Nick did, Hemingway took to the Michigan northwoods, with some of his young friends following his return from WW I. He may not have been alone, in that instance, but as Nick did, perhaps he journeyed alone, at some other time.
Lastly, since they took great pains to point out Hemingway's lifelong love of bird hunting and pigeon shooting competition, and his mastery of the Winchester Model 12, it would have been insightful to include a quote from the Nick Adams short story, Fathers and Sons, "When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first." This about sums it up for all of us who love bird hunting and wingshooting, as I think Hemingway meant it to, for himself.
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A wonderful and interesting book, I enjoyed reading that gave you nice short "stories" ! I cannot imagine the headaches of getting this information together. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Douglas B. Egenolf
Love everything about Hemingway, the only guy that lived six lives in one short life.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
As I am both a Hemingway and a gun & history fan, I focused on every word! It was a very well researched book. I am sure to read it several times to get every fact into my brain. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John O Hurt
Speaking as a novice as far as hunting and guns are concerned, I found this book to be very useful to my Hemingway studies and recommend it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert
I hope this book helps some of my younger relatives understand the life I also lived as a hunter and shooter. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Professor Mc2