True at First Light: A Fictional Memoir

True at First Light: A Fictional Memoir

by Ernest Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway
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True at First Light: A Fictional Memoir by Ernest Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway

Both a revealing self-portrait and dramatic fictional chronicle of his final African safari, Ernest Hemingway's last unpublished work was written when he returned from Kenya in 1953. Edited by his son Patrick, who accompanied his father on the safari, True at First Light offers rare insights into the legendary American writer.

A blend of autobiography and fiction, the book opens on the day his close friend Pop, a celebrated hunter, leaves Ernest in charge of the safari camp and news arrives of a potential attack from a hostile tribe. Drama continues to build as his wife, Mary, pursues the great black-maned lion that has become her obsession, and Ernest becomes involved with a young African girl whom he supposedly plans to take as a second bride. Increasingly enchanted by the local African community, he struggles between the attraction of these two women and the wildly different cultures they represent. Spicing his depictions of human longings with sharp humor, Hemingway captures the excitement of big-game hunting and the unparallel beauty of the landscape. Rich in laughter, beauty and profound insight. True at First Light is an extraordinary publishing event — a breathtaking final work from one of our most beloved and important writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684865720
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 07/06/2000
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 637,145
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.67(d)

About 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.

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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True at First Light: A Fictional Memoir 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First Light brings Hemmingway back to life and shows the reader a rare side of the author not seen before. To read his thoughts in this raw form indicates Hemmingway's superb style and passion for life. He loved all the people who were a part of his world during this last African expedition. He loved the adventure, the people, the animals, the hunt and the kill also. Because the book remains unpolished and basically unfinished, the reader is provided with a sense of knowing and understanding the author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a Hemingway novel and don't confuse it with one. This is a fictional memoir that gives fascinating personal insight in to what Hemingway was feeling in Africa. Figuring out what is fact and what is fiction is pointless. Does it really matter? Enjoy the beautiful descriptions of Africa and ignore the poor dialogue. It is worth it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As is explained within the book, Hemingway died while this was still in journal form. Family members, trying to preserve the journal format while pushing toward something that could be called a "book" finalized and had it published. Rough around the edges but a very good read about people and places and an era that doesn't exist anymore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I were on safari with any of these people I would use them for lion bait. This is even worse than Green Hills of Africa. Try Ruarks 'Horn of the Hunter', a far superior read.