Islands in the Stream Paperback – 27 Apr 1972
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"Many of the episodes contain the most exciting and effective writing Hemingway has ever done." (John W. Aldridge Saturday Review)
"This book contains some of the best of Hemingway's descriptions of nautre: the waves breaking white and green on the reef off the coast of Cuba; the beauty of the morning on the deep water; the hermit crabs and land crabs and ghost crabs; a big barracuda stalking mullet; a heron flying with his white wings over the green water; the ibis and flamingoes and spoonbills, the last of these beautiful with the sharp rose of their color; the mosquitoes in clouds from the marshes; the water that curled and blew under the lash of the wind; the sculpture that the wind and sand had made of a piece of driftwood, gray and sanded and embedded in white, floury sand." (Edmund Wilson Saturday Review)
Hemingway's last work before his death, Islands in the Stream traces the life of an artist and adventurer in the Gulf Stream.See all Product Description
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You mighty have gathered that I do enjoy Hemingway. I read this first at university and now fifty years later it is as, if not more, intense.
The book is divided into three parts, of which the first describes the life of a painter Thomas Hudson in the mid-1930s on the island of Bimini in the Gulf Stream. His loneliness, and also, in part, the routine discipline of his work are broken by the vacation visit of his three young sons, and there follows a series of lively episodes including one of the best descriptions of deep sea fishing ever written. The second part takes place a number of years later in Cuba in war-time where Hudson is engaged in secret anti-submarine activities. The greater part of the story takes place in an Havana bar, with some incomparably rich dialogue among a wildly diversified cast of characters including an aging prostitute, Honest Lil, who will surely stand as one of Hemingway's most vivid characterizations.Read more ›
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my Italian friend who wanted to read an English classic loved it!Published 7 months ago by mark travella
This work, like most of Hemingway's work, is extremely 'blokey' in style and subject matter. Fishing, fighting, drinking and war form the backdrop. Read morePublished 7 months ago by sally tarbox
I'd read a lot of Hemingway, 'The old man and the sea' being a particular favourite, but this is equally as good. Split into three shorter stories I was hooked immediately. Read morePublished on 1 July 2014 by bsmith
I am astonished at the number of self proclaimed Hemingway enthusiasts who cannot spell his name. Still, they are right. It is a wonderful book.Published on 29 May 2014 by La rue Verte
A great read. An all time great; one of Hemmingway's gems. My son will enjoy this one as he is fast becoming a fan.Published on 28 Dec. 2013 by Reay
This book as the piece of writing that I not only is my favourite piece in all the thousands of books I have read but is also I think the most perfect. Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2013 by sallyaw