Islands in the Stream

Islands in the Stream

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by Ernest Hemingway, Bruce Greenwood
     
 

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A LATER CLASSIC FROM AMERICA'S PREMIER FICTION WRITER

First published in 1970, nine years after Hemingway's death, this is the story of an artist and adventurer — a man much like Hemingway himself. Beginning in the 1930s, Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson, from his experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island

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A LATER CLASSIC FROM AMERICA'S PREMIER FICTION WRITER

First published in 1970, nine years after Hemingway's death, this is the story of an artist and adventurer — a man much like Hemingway himself. Beginning in the 1930s, Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson, from his experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini through his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II. Hemingway is at his mature best in this beguiling tale.

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction, who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743564403
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
07/05/2006
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
1,228,010
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.88(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 21, 1899
Date of Death:
July 2, 1961
Place of Birth:
Oak Park, Illinois
Place of Death:
Ketchum, Idaho

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Islands in the Stream 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Islands in the Stream is the best Hemingway novel that I have read to date with the possible exception of The Old Man and the Sea. Hemingway can make the reader feel what he is feeling and experience what he is experiencing better than anyone else. When I read commercial literature, I finish with a feeling of nothingness. When I read Hemingway, I feel the challenge of life. If you are scared to cry and to hurt and at the same time not give up, stay away from Hemingway. You cannot handle him. But if you wish to 'suck the marrow' from life, grab Islands in the Stream. Read it. Savor it. Let it take you to places you have never been before and experience the deep emotions of life.
boston7 More than 1 year ago
"Islands in the Stream" is the story of how a man deals with a devastating loss. Though the main character is very masculine and tough, Hemingway reveals his sensitivity through his actions, words, and most important, by what he leaves unsaid. This book touched my heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ernest Hemingway¿s novel, Islands in the Stream, is broken into three sections, one in Bimini, two in Cuba, and three at sea. I choose the book because I had previously read The Old Man and the Sea and I loved it. I asked my father for to recommend me a book similar to that and this is what he chose. The different sections of the book shinned light on the different attitudes the main character developed through the novel. Honestly, I liked the book. It was nothing spectacular, but it was well written and very interesting. I spend a lot of time in the Island of Bimini and have gazed upon the sunsets and the beaches Hemingway so accurately depicts. The reason I do not love the book is because although the book hints at many messages, I don¿t believe that Hemingway had a particular purpose in mind when he wrote it. The authors tone is very dynamic. The time Hudson spent with his boys differs from the time Hudson spent in Cuba, which differs from the time Hudson spent at sea. In Bimini Hudson was happy. He had a good thing going for himself. He had a solid work ethic which involved exercise in the mourning, painting in the afternoon, and reading in the evenings. During the summer, he stopped working because his children came to stay with him on the island. Hudson enjoyed his summers in Bimini until his boys died. Once Hudson left Bimini and moved to Cuba, he was a different man. He no longer was an artist and he seemed to take a lot less joy out of life. The mood of the book had darkened. Later on, in the third act, Hudson is chasing down a group of Germans who have committed murder. He is the captain of his vessel and he took his job very seriously and his men respected him for it. The tone of the final section of the book is one of authoritive command. Hudson was a leader, and he repressed his own feelings to appear stronger for his crew. What I gained out of the book is to work first and play later. If you mix the both, neither activities are well done or enjoyed. Thomas Hudson lived on a tropical island with a few friends who were all borderline alcoholics. If he did not distinguish work from play, he would never have gotten anything done. Also in the novel Hudson suffers the loss of his three sons and ex-wife. He did not spend much time with his children, but the time he did spend with them was very precious. When his children died he drank heavily. He moved to Cuba, and did some reconnaissance work for the U.S. Army. He let the tragedy of his children¿s death get the best of him. He was not the same person afterwards and it showed. What I took from this is that remembrance of life is important, but to dwell and long for the impossible is just a waist. While living in Cuba, Hudson was naturally lonely. He resorted to cats and prostitutes for love and affection. As much as Hudson tried to shun himself away from the world, people still need companionship. In the end, I would recommend this book because it does send multiple messages and I can personally relate to many of the experiences Hemingway wrote of in Bimini.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the most powerful and gratifying books I have ever read. I often wish I had never read it, so that I may open it once again and read it for the first time. Hemmingway's work is simply amazing. And what a magnificent last book as well...
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*dips her head respecfully*congrats!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful kits!*backs out* I'll leave you with them.
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Sean_Dillon_II More than 1 year ago
My favorite Hemingway Book. Thomas Hudson is one of my favorite Hemingway characters too!
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John Miller More than 1 year ago
Islands....is my favorate works of Papa. Normally I don't like a movie as much as I like the book but Island's is the exception. In this work, the character Thomas Hudson is reversed; Thomas is a painter who wishes to be artist while Hemingway tried to paint. The character and Hemingway share a great number traits; both have an older son to a first marriage and two by a second, both lived in Bimini (Papa only rented a room above The Complete Angler) but both had a love for the Gulf Stream and fishing. The interplay between the the three boys, Thomas and the author reveal the pain both shared about the boys and the lingering love for past partners. The tragedy in their bitter-sweet lives plays out extremely well and brings author and reader close together. A great treat for anyone who reads Hemingway. If you, by chance, get a copy of the movie staring George C. Scott, the movie will bring a smile to your face and possible a tear to your eye as both are great works and both should have a spot in your libray.
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