Re: RARA-AVIS: poppa and pauline

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 11 Mar 2002

  If you read "A Clean Well Lighted Place," or "The Snows
> of..." or "The Short Happy Life," and you aren't blown away by the
> extraordinary skill of the guy who wrote them (especially when you
> about the literary tradition he was working from) then I don't know
> else to point you. He was probably not the best of men, but IMO he
was a
> 20th Century giant and he was a damn fine writer.
> Jim Blue

Unfortunately I haven't read that much of Hemingway (I will remedy that eventually but as everyone, me included, keeps saying "... so many books
...") but I recall reading "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" as a kid of about 11 or 12. At that age I read comic books & SF/fantasy almost exclusively but I'd bought a paperback copy of "The Snows of Kilimanjaro & Other Stories" (or similar title) for my Dad as a Xmas or birthday present & as I had nothing else to read at that particular time (parents were separated & I was visiting for holidays) I read it myself. It was very affecting & moving. I need to re-read it & see how it affects me as a
(sob) middle-aged (but with young ideas!) bloke. & of course, I need to read his hardboiled shorts such as "The Killers" (one of the great film noirs although liberties may have been taken with original source material).


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