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Green Hills of Africa [Kindle Edition]

Ernest Hemingway
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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"A fine book on death in the African afternoon. . .The writing is the thing; that way he has of getting down with beautiful precision the exact way things look, smell, taste, feel, sound" (New York Times)

"If he were never to write again, his name would live as long as the English language, for Green Hills of Africa takes its place beside his other works on that small shelf in our libraries which we reserve for the classics" (Observer)

"This book is an expression of a deep enjoyment and appreciation of being alive - in Africa. There is more to it than hunting; it is the feeling of the dew on the grass in the morning, the shape and colour and smell of the country, the companionship of friends ... and the feeling that time has ceased to matter" (TLS)

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'In a class by itself-the country, at all hours shines bright and clear in these pages' Daily Telegraph

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4063 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099909200
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FU7VAXE
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899. His father was a doctor and he was the second of six children. Their home was at Oak Park, a Chicago suburb.

In 1917, Hemingway joined the Kansas City Star as a cub reporter. The following year, he volunteered as an ambulance driver on the Italian front, where he was badly wounded but decorated for his services. He returned to America in 1919, and married in 1921. In 1922, he reported on the Greco-Turkish war before resigning from journalism to devote himself to fiction. He settled in Paris where he renewed his earlier friendships with such fellow-American expatriates as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Their encouragement and criticism were to play a valuable part in the formation of his style.

Hemingway's first two published works were Three Stories and Ten Poems and In Our Time but it was the satirical novel, The Torrents of Spring, that established his name more widely. His international reputation was firmly secured by his next three books; Fiesta, Men Without Women and A Farewell to Arms.

He was passionately involved with bullfighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing and his writing reflected this. He visited Spain during the Civil War and described his experiences in the bestseller, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

His direct and deceptively simple style of writing spawned generations of imitators but no equals. Recognition of his position in contemporary literature came in 1954 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 14 Feb 2002
Format:Paperback
...this is not an environmentally friendly, politically correct book; it is full of Hemingway's (true or perceived) self image of being a "real man". But that's the way Hemingway wrote and tried to live his life. If you don't appreciate that, if you can't place Hemingway's works into perspective, then read something else. For the others: this is a masterpiece. You live the story together with the author. His talent places you there: sweating, dusty, being excited with anticipation stalking game in the African bush. And you'll long to sit in the shade of a tree with a whisky too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 1 Oct 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am a big Hemingway fan, but I did not expect much from this book. After all, Hemingway himself described it as an "experiment". However, the Green Hills of Africa turned out to be a surprisingly good read. Hemingway's description of the landscape, the people and the whole safari is excellent. He could, however made the description of the hunting itself a bit more exciting. His account of the hidden jealousies within the safari is especially interesting, and the passage(just a long sentence actually)about the Gulf Stream is simply amazing. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Rich
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
You can certainly see Hemingway here in Africa. It is really fact or just what Hemingway would have liked to have done
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4.0 out of 5 stars See a safari through Hemingway's eyes 15 May 2014
By Mike
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A non-fictional account of Hemingway's African safari in 1933 - this book explores relationships and emotions in the safari group and conveys the excitement of the hunt. As ever, Hem's writing draws you in until you're almost sweating with him amidst the trees, desperate to get bag the largest game of the group. You get some insight into the emotions that drove the author, and he conveys very well the intensity and feelings of a safari (well, I guess he does this well, as I've never been on one!). Did not get a 5, as there are superior works in the Hemingway canon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A first rate adventure 31 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Hemingway wrote this book with a passion. The passion was his love for Africa and the times he had there. I could feel the heat, smell the dry grass, and hear the tse-tse flies as he stalked some of Africas deadliest game. Top notch reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasurable read 26 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This certainly isn't in the same league as A Farewell to Arms or The Sun Also Rises, but it is still a very pleasurable read. Whether his literary experiment with this book worked or not remains debatable. Regardless, Green Hills of Africa is essential to understanding Ernest Hemingway the man, if not the writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasurable read 26 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This certainly isn't in the same league as A Farewell to Arms or The Sun Also Rises, but it is still a very pleasurable read. Whether his literary experiment with this book worked or not remains debatable. Regardless, Green Hills of Africa is essential to understanding Ernest Hemingway the man, if not the writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway in Africa 6 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Africa comes alive in this book by Hemingway. It describes hunting big game and the friction and rivalries that arise between the participants in the course of their safari. I think the best part of the book is a dialogue/dissertation on the state of American literature in Chapter 1, while it is filled with splendid descriptions and crisp dialogue. The "drunkards despoiling Africa" reviewer below needs to get a life. Wishing a buffalo would kill half a dozen human beings is revolting too.
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