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Discussion: Hemingway

in: Atropos; Atropos > 2016-01-20

Jan 21, 2016 4:22 PM # 
The Sun Also Rises
Jan 21, 2016 8:17 PM # 
Overrated? Underrated? Or Properly Rated?
Jan 21, 2016 9:51 PM # 
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.
Jan 22, 2016 3:34 AM # 
Hmm, maybe I'd better try him! Which do you recommend?
Jan 22, 2016 4:23 AM # 
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.
Jan 22, 2016 4:32 AM # 
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.”
Jan 22, 2016 5:37 PM # 
That's a great quote GHOSLO.

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