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Green Hills of Africa [Paperback]

Ernest Hemingway
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1 Feb 1996 0684801299 978-0684801292 1st Touchstone Ed
His second major venture into nonfiction (after "Death in the Afternoon, 1932), "Green Hills of Africa" is Ernest Hemingway's lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa, where he and his wife Pauline journeyed in December of 1933. Hemingway's well-known interest in - and fascination with - big game hunting is magnificently captured in this evocative account of his trip. In examining the poetic grace of the chase, and the ferocity of the kill, Hemingway also looks inward, seeking to explain the lure of the hunt and the primal undercurrent that comes alive on the plains of Africa. Yet "Green Hills of Africa" is also an impassioned portrait of the glory of the African landscape, and of the beauty of a wilderness that was, even then, being threatened by the incursions of man.

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  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (1 Feb 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684801299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684801292
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,859,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'In a class by itself-the country, at all hours shines bright and clear in these pages' Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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WE were sitting in the blind that Wanderobo hunters had built of twigs and branches at the edge of the salt-lick when we heard the truck coming. Read the first page
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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
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 14 Feb 2002
...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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By Rich
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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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You'd think being about white men with guns in Africa killing animals would offend more people. But I suppose that, for once, true greatness shines through past little things like that. What I liked was how Hemingway didn't really set out to tell a story that began or ended, just a story. He didn't bore you with things not bearing on his tale--a month hunting in Africa, a real time in his life that actually happened--and how he painted a real picture of himself, of hunting, and of the beauty that was Africa. I'd risk saying that this is probably a lesser-known (or at least lesser-read) work of Hemingway's, but it really bears reading.
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I'm not a big fan of hunting, big game or otherwise, but I am one of Hemingway's. In this book what I most enjoy are the dialogues, the descriptions of Africa (maybe second only to Isak Dinesen's), and the musings on subjects as diverse as writing, the taste of that first drink of the day, even the island of Cuba. In fact, there's a passage in "Green Hills" about seeing trash from Havana being carried away by the Gulfstream which is so amazing and beautiful that it by itself is worth the price of the book.
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Hemingway is a man's man, and rarely, if ever, does he let the reader know he feels. Reknowned for saying so much with so little, Hemingway exposes a little of himself at last. The Green Hills Of Africa is an explanation of emotional investment. Emotional investment in the land and in ones soul. Hemingway understands what it is to be overpowered by emotion. In the tradition of Robert Ruark, Hemingway has told a great story of African big game hunting, but unlike his predecessor, Hemingway makes you care.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway in Africa 6 Mar 1999
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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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One of only 2 nonfiction books Hemingway wrote, I previously ignored this book. However, in anticipation of a 10 day safari in Tanzania, I bought and read it. I must confess that at home, its impact was lost on me. After I arrived in the game park, I re-read it and enjoyed it immensely. Hemingway captures the essence of Africa in a way that only he can do. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone contemplating a trip to Africa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Did the job nicely
Published 1 month ago by reginald g d goddard
4.0 out of 5 stars See a safari through Hemingway's eyes
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Green Hills of Africa
this is a great read about a exceptional lifestyle.
He was a well travelled man, and a great author, and wrote many classics. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2002 by "harrisogdorris"
1.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome old nonsense
So here's Hemingway, out in Africa with some friends, some guides, and some guns. Oh, and some booze too - best not forget the big man likes a drink or four. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A first rate adventure
Hemingway wrote this book with a passion. The passion was his love for Africa and the times he had there. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasurable read
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. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasurable read
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. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Drunkards despoil Africa.
It is hard to believe that he who wrote FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS wrote this. I am not an animal rights advocate but one cannot help but root for the animals as Ernest and his... Read more
Published on 18 Feb 1999
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