Naked Hemingway is a unique new look at Ernest Hemingway. It is a treasure trove of revealing vignettes and amusing anecdotes about Hemingway and legendary friends like Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein.
|Product dimensions:||5.97(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.64(d)|
Table of Contents
|1.||Bet the Beret||3|
|3.||Mommy Made Me Wear A Dress||21|
|4.||To Bob or Not to Bob||27|
|5.||Death of A Literary Bull||33|
|7.||A Bloody Business||47|
|10.||Paris Scam Artists||63|
|11.||A True Genius Creates||69|
|13.||It Doesn't Fit||83|
|14.||Praying for Rain||87|
|15.||An S.O.B. Gets His||93|
|17.||Misery Doth Love Company||111|
|19.||The Pious Pirate||135|
|23.||Shark Attack in Bimini||179|
|24.||Why Pop, Why?||183|
|25.||The Only Real War Heros Are Dead||195|
|26.||The Bell Tolls for Everyone||201|
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Naked Hemingway is a gem. I have read lots of the Hemingway type bio stuff that chronicle his life in detailed fashion of he did this, than this ect. ect.and frankly many are standard in approach and BORING! Not so for Naked Hemingway. Prosser writes how he imagines Hemingway talked. Thank God he does not try to copy the Hemingway style, there are enough amusing contests for that sort of thing that no one need to ever apply again. Prosser's take on Gertrude Stein creating her famous a rose is a rose is a rose ect. is a classic comedy hoot. We see her as wacky, bright, egotistical and a true genius. Just ask her if you don't believe me. Prosser's chapters on Scott Fitzgerald are also dead on. In one he takes up after Hemingway did in A Moveable Feast and shows us a very insecure ( In terms of size of manhood) but in the end a noble Fitzgerald who braves the battering of cars and trucks of Paris in order to fulfill a life long fantasy to be a star running back for Princeton's football team. In a very funny scene he and Hemingway play a game of football with a watermelon across the busy streets of Paris. Hemingway in Africa is also very amusing and sheds new light on Hemingway as a big game hunter. I wish that Prosser had kept going past 1941 and delved into Hemingway's life after World War II. Perhaps that will be in a new book by this gifted writer.
Naked Hemingway by Thomas Prosser is an interesting modern take on Ernest Hemingway as a man rather than the balloon inflated myth who guzzles vino and whiskey and fights all comers in any barroom or dock in the uncivilized world .Related in a series of flashbacks at his oldest son, Jack's school where Hemingway is visting on the eve of War II, it recounts numerous antedotes that are quite humorous and informative about Hemingway character or lack of character. Hemingway acts as narrator and dishes plenty of dirt and gossip about Gertrude Stein, Scott Fitzgerald and other members of the lost generation in 1920s Paris. Prosser provides a lot of cool behind the scene info about the art of bullfighting and what makes matadors tick and what their teams are really are like. He also talks about many of the real people he used to base characters on in his books. One such instance which nearly got him killed was after he used friend and fellow writer Harold Loeb who took exception of an unflattering prototype for Robert Cohn in The Sun Also Rises. We follow Hemingway to Key West where we meet Hemingway's Key West mob and get some interesting details about the history of Key West that I was unaware of even after I'd visited the Keys a couple of years ago. Prosser uses comedy in his writing to good effect most particular in two chapters on hunting in Africa and marlin fishing in Cuba. What is excellant about this book is its sense of place and the detail we are given. Naked Hemingway tries to recreate a mindset that was prevelant 60 or 80 years ago. One I think would be advised to throw aside politically correct thinking while reading this book, which tries and mostly succeeds on revealing the life and mind of one of the world's most gifted and complex writers of all time.