Re: RARA-AVIS: Papa -- To Have and Have Not

From: George Upper (
Date: 14 Apr 2002

--- Bludis Jack <> wrote:
> I still think his
> best was "The Sun Also Rises," which was also his
> first.

I know that it's largely irrelevant / moot at this point (about a month later), but I have to agree with Jack here. I read "Sun" for a class a year or two ago, and it was the first Hemingway novel I'd read
(not the first short, though). Some of the writing in this novel just...well, I guess I just don't have the words. I was stunned. The only thing I can say is that finishing the novel made me sad, because it was over and I could never read it again for the first time. The thought that I could not meet or communicate with the author also saddened me.

I don't know how to say it any better than that. On a more positive note, it did help me resolve to work harder to meet those authors that I could during my lifetime...look out, Bill Crider, cuz you're on that list.


===== George C. Upper III, Editor The Lightning Bell Poetry Journal

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