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Fred is completely comfortable telling us about his life (I assume the book is autobiographical) with no filters. His journey begins in post WWll-era Berlin, when the only thoughts consuming his mind are unbridled sex with virtually any attractive woman he meets, guilt about being a writer and not writing much of anything, and his obsessions and musings about his idols Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingway. The two luminaries are the only things that seems to bring him peace and perspective. He dreams about meeting Henry in Los Angeles, and he checks in every once in a while with Ernest to find any sort of substance or hope that he'll find his purpose in an otherwise empty life.
I have to be honest--I was a little frustrated in the middle during his travels to Chicago and New York, wondering where he--both Fred the author and Fred the character--was headed or if the journey was even worth continuing for me. The writing seemed to amble as aimlessly as the character. But a cool thing happened when he finally makes it to Los Angeles to meet Henry Miller, who at that point was about 10 years from his death. After meeting and staying with a Latino family and standing at the very doorway of his idol's home, his halfway-around-the-world travels appear to have finally given him his purpose. He sparks to life. Like Santiago in the Alchemist, both Freds ultimately discover the deeper meaning of it all, and it isn't what he--or we--expect.
The author's passion for writing finally brings meaning into his life, and the reader feels a sense of relief that all that talent is about to flourish.
This is an altogether exhilarating book, and it makes the reader aware that it is often hard to even glimpse success, but the journey there can be full of humor, excitement and humanity.
We see him first as a toolmaker, boxer, engineering student, aspiring lover; later as engineer, maturing lover, and finally, after a life-altering discovery of the writings of Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingway, a writer determined to follow in the footsteps of his heroes.
The book explores a bewildering series of relationships: friend, enemy, lover, boss, business partner, mentor. It is a story of revelations, regrets, missed opportunities, miscommunications, hopes, aspirations, breakups, and re-connections.
`Henry Hemingway' is a modern-day Portrait of the Artist, brimming with insights into society, relationships, culture, war, business, and human behavior.
Anyone who's had the experience of being young, trying to make sense of the world, and trying to find their place in it, (which is pretty much everyone) will identify with this book. A great read.
Reviewed by the author of The Fishtailing Chopper of Fate.
Here and there in the book, I was unable to read..
Thanks Fred, next time you visit the USA, be sure to make it to the flint hills, I'll buy the coffee
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of those thoroughly enjoyable memoirs that puts a smile on your face.
The author describes his early years when he was still finding a voice as a writer. Read more
What is the value of a life well lived? What indeed is a well-lived life? Does it matter that we devote our lives to just one thing? A career, maybe? Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by DragonOne
Recently I have become a fan of Fred Schäfer, so it was with delight that I discovered this autobiography that covers the early period of his life. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by B Ch MXN
I found the way this book was written and the characters that appear throughout this book to be very interesting.
I think that it is a very worthwhile read.
I really enjoyed this. Henry Hemmingway is quite a character and the book is a mix of both funny and philosophical. I recommend it.Published on December 21, 2012 by The Book Review
If you love the writing of Miller and Hemingway you will love this book.
The intimate close-ups remind me of Henry Miller's first book, Tropic of Cancer, a book that was... Read more