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Ernest Hemingway: Four Novels (Library of Essential Writers)

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    A nice omnibus edition

    Irrespective of the merits of any of Hemingway's work, it is gratifying to have access to it in a form such as this. For the price, you will not see a better job of binding or typesetting. The volume travels well and appears (though it does not say) to be printed on quality paper. If orange is not the color you need for your bookcase, the cloth cover is a very attractive (and conservative) design.<BR/><BR/>Aside from a seven-page introduction by Eric Carl Link, the words are essentially all Hemingway's. If this is a scholarly edition, then it is devoid of the exegesis, critical commentary, and pointed notes to the less literarily informed among us that one finds in some other of BN's editions (especially the paperback Barnes and Noble Classics series).<BR/><BR/>The four novels are presented in chronological order, giving the reader a sense (or at least an illusion) of following Hemingway's own transition from a self-absorbed youth with delusions of speaking for a generation, to a much more sober understanding of one's own particularity, and the interest that that particularity can have when, perhaps, not taken too seriously.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Rereading The Sun Also Rises after 60 years...

    I bought the attractive Hemingway book to reread The Sun Also Rises, the epic of my young life some 60 years ago. And how was the reread? Sadly, far from the original thrill. When Hemingway ignites his legendary Roman candles with the fishing trip to Burguete and the fiesta at San Fermin, he dazzles. But schlepping around Paris with his dissolute band was tedious now and a disappointment; these cardboard characters made for a slow, jittery entry. I just couldn't recapture the original magic, which, I suppose, is a sadness of trying to regain the past. Even sadder is the thought that revisionism somehow betrays the author. It's something like the comment Jake makes to Brett at ringside: "There's nothing but that horse part that will bother you."

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

    Great Book !

    I did a book report paper and project on The Sun Also Rises and I definitely recommend it for anyone who is doing a report for it. I enjoyed this book very much because its simple language and basic concept kept me waiting for something, although nothing too interesting actually did happen, the characters' adventures kept me anticipating and wanting more. Finally, in the very last paragraph it all came together and made sense. It hit me, the sadness, the bitter-sweet feeling, and the excitement of the future for these people. You come to your senses and find the whole story revolves around Brett & Jake. Hemingway's concept of sex in this book is quite interesting since it doesn't directly say it. Brett shows strength, independence, and hints towards a new feminism era. History buffs would enjoy this book because it gives you a first person perspective in living the life during the Great War (World War I). Feminist will also enjoy this book to both criticize and rave.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Great for the Hemingway enthusiast

    A wonderful way for a fan of Hemingway to get several of his most popular works all in one volume.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Amazing Hemingway

    You really can't beat this book. It is handsome, reads well with paper of fine quality and it contains the four best novels from the great Hemingway. If you own this book plus "The Complete Short Stories - the Finca Vigia Edition", which as the title indicates contains all published short-stories of EH, you will be well-stocked with Hemingway magic.

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