Overrated? Underrated? Or Properly Rated?
Properly. He deserved the Nobel IMHO.
He is much out of fashion now, it seems, but he has lots to say that is relevant today.
He expressed the disillusion of a generation trying to live in the aftermath of a world changing war in spare, direct prose with much that is important only implied. His world view was essentially existential--do the best you can in a godless world.
Hmm, maybe I'd better try him! Which do you recommend?
I like this. I might change my AP handle to Meghan's Book Club ;-)
I haven't read enough Hemingway to truly judge Nev's question but I was engaged and invested in the little that I have read. I find him much more palatable than Faulkner who was his contemporary. I read Faulkner's As I Lay Dying over Christmas and it was so stylized that each word was a struggle to comprehend.
I sometimes ponder if famous historical figures would have made good orienteers. I feel like Hemingway probably would have been a serious beer-o contender but wouldn't have been very interesting in sober orienteering.
It is clear that finishing an o-course wasn't as important to Hemingway as the course itself. After all, he did say “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
That's a great quote GHOSLO.