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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    I read a culturally informational book called Death in the After

    I read a culturally informational book called Death in the Afternoon or Muerte de la tarde. The author of this book is Ernest Hemingway. In writing this book, Hemingway focused on the most important things about bullfighting. Bravery, cowardice, the bull, the costume, the theatre, personality, craftsmanship, and the history of bullfights are the most interesting. This book was published by Charles Scribner's Sons in New York in 1960. Yes, this book does date back to many years, but now bullfighting is more intense, and has developed in even more Hispanic countries. This book has 278 pages with many intriguing pictures at the end to give the readers a visual image of some of the Hispanic culture that young students or anyone for that matter should take some interest about. Death in the Afternoon is all about bullfigting or corrida de toros. It includes where the best action happens, famous matadors, and even some real life personal experiences. Just like football is a huge deal in the United States, bullfighting is just as popular in many Hispanic countries. The bulls that some brave people go up against can be vicious and can have large horns, which means good luck to the matador because that moment in the ring could possibly mean death. One of the greatest bullfighters from Valencia was Manuel Granero who had huge publicity. With great devastation after 94 fights the year before, he died in the ring in Madrid in 1922. Aranjuez would be a great place to witness your first bullfight mainly because of the color and unique style of the bulls as well as the matadors. On the other hand, if you would enjoy a more public, more thrilling Bull Run then Pamplona or Madrid is the place to be. You could also go to a more romantic bullfight if you really wanted to. In Ronda, there are hotels and places to go near there if you wanted to go for your honeymoon or something along those lines. You experience a romantic scenery, good food and wine; you could take a short walk around and even see the bullfight from the hotel. The crowd always gets extremely into the fights when the matador waves the cape around taunting the bull and then the bull, charges full speed with dangerousness, determination, and death in its eyes. For all you people out there, being a matador is not easy and it requires strategy, bravery, and skill. Even just in the stands as an audience member you need bravery because watching could be tremendously horrifying for some people. Death in the Afternoon explains all of this and this book is exciting and quite educational. I liked this book because I learned more about bullfights and their history then I did before. I also liked how Hemingway used many personal life experiences in his writing as well. For example, the very first sentence in this book says, "At the first bullfight I ever went to I expected to be horrified and perhaps sickened by what I had been told would happen to the horses". By beginning the story with this sentence he introduces the book with a personal experience giving the readers a visual representation on what the book might be about. I would most definitely recommend this book to readers who have an interest in informational books about some of the Hispanic culture because that's what this book is all about. I hope many people find an interest in this book because not only is it a terrific informational story, it teaches readers about the amazing culture as well.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

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    Writing style and indepth descriptions make this book

    I had never read a Hemingway book before I picked up Death In The Afternoon. His descriptive writing style makes you feel as though you are sitting in the arena watching the great bullfighters of the early 1900's. Not only do you get informed of the styles of bullfighting but you also are exposed to Spain itself. Hemingway describes the differences of the styles ranging from the festivals in Madrid to the hot summer fights in Valencia. If you can dedicate a good couple days to the history of Spain's most loved and controversial tradition, this book will not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2001

    Fabulous

    Hemmingway accurately depicts how integral Bullfighting is to the Spanish culture. His descriptions are powerful and at times very moving. A great armchair traveller read!

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