Islands in the Stream

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743564403
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 7/5/2006
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,107,146
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.88 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernest Hemingway did more to change 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 Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth 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.

Biography

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), born in Oak Park, Illinois, started his career as a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City at the age of seventeen. Before the United States entered the First World War, he joined a volunteer ambulance unit in the Italian army. Serving at the front, he was wounded, was decorated by the Italian Government, and spent considerable time in hospitals. After his return to the United States, he became a reporter for Canadian and American newspapers and was soon sent back to Europe to cover such events as the Greek Revolution.

During the twenties, Hemingway became a member of the group of expatriate Americans in Paris, which he described in his first important work, The Sun Also Rises (1926). Equally successful was A Farewell to Arms (1929), the study of an American ambulance officer's disillusionment in the war and his role as a deserter. Hemingway used his experiences as a reporter during the civil war in Spain as the background for his most ambitious novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). Among his later works, the most outstanding is the short novel, The Old Man and the Sea (1952), the story of an old fisherman's journey, his long and lonely struggle with a fish and the sea, and his victory in defeat.

Hemingway -- himself a great sportsman -- liked to portray soldiers, hunters, bullfighters - tough, at times primitive people whose courage and honesty are set against the brutal ways of modern society, and who in this confrontation lose hope and faith. His straightforward prose, his spare dialogue, and his predilection for understatement are particularly effective in his short stories, some of which are collected in Men Without Women (1927) and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938). Hemingway died in Idaho in 1961.

© The Nobel Foundation 1954.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Ernest Miller Hemingway (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 21, 1899
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oak Park, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      July 2, 1961
    2. Place of Death:
      Ketchum, Idaho

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2000

    Hemingway Does It Better Than Anyone

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

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    One of the best books I've read

    "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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    My Thoughts

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2009

    Islands in the Stream

    the book is not as good as I thought it would be. But there are some good parts in the story and I would not recommend reading Islands in the Stream but you could if you want to.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2002

    A Disappointment

    I wish I could say that reading Islands in the Stream was a pleasurable experience. Unfortunately I found it distasteful and abusive of certain beliefs that I hold to be true. The entire storyline was depressing and it left a bad taste in my mouth in the conclusion. After reading the book I saw the movie and it didn't impress me much, either. All in all, I cannot recommend this book to anyone unless they like to be depressed and they like to waste their time.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2001

    I Wish I Had Never Read This Book

    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...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Starpelt

    A black she-cat with yellow speckles walked to the warriors den. (I need a mate in this rp. Anyone wanna voulenteer? It has to be a tom.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Hawkpaw

    She leaped on Nightfall, but kept her claws sheathed so she didnt scratch him. "Got ya!!!!!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Nightfall to Hawkpaw

    You must learn to be stronger. No one is going to give you rest in battle!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    URGENT

    Celestialkit is locked out of main camp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Blueblaze

    Sure! Are you six moons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    S to Moonstar

    Look at res 1!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Midnightkit

    Shakes pelt after twisting in air and snatching a squirrel in midleap. Lands neatly on four paws and licks a paw. "Yeah im fine. Oh and the other midnightkit just dissed you on res 4

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Electricclaw to foxtail

    *dips her head respecfully*congrats!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    To Clan

    I am a green and blue with a yingyang on my forehead i am a warrior cat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    R

    The white-and-red queen limps in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Black claw dips her head respectfully

    Thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Rosetail

    Beautiful kits!*backs out* I'll leave you with them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Moonstar

    Shone with pride as she watched her kit train

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Gleamingheart to you two

    *drops down and her fur is black and she has a thin glowing white streak down her back* this place is stripping me of my powers

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