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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Hemingway As The Godfather Of Long-Form
Richard Brody at the New Yorker offers a piece on Ernest Hemingway's Green Hills of Africa.
Hemingway’s 1935 book
“Green Hills of Africa,” which has just been republished by Scribner in a new
and augmented edition, is a work of nonfiction. It’s not his first; his
encyclopedic account of the world of bullfighting, “Death in the Afternoon,” was
published in 1932. But that book is about bullfighting overall, occasionally
adorned with references to Hemingway’s own experience. It’s not a narrative;
it’s a history and an analysis sprinkled with anecdotes. In “Green Hills of
Africa,” by contrast, Hemingway states his ambitions clearly in a brief
Unlike many novels, none of the characters
or incidents in this book is imaginary. . . . The writer has attempted to write
an absolutely true book to see whether the shape of a country and the pattern of
a month’s action can, if truly presented, compete with a work of the
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