Islands in the Stream Hardcover – 21 Jul 2003
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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Hemingway's last work before his death, Islands in the Stream traces the life of an artist and adventurer in the Gulf Stream. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.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.
This is the story of Tom Hudson, a painter on the Bahaman island of Bimini in the 30s. Twice divorced, he looks forward to the visit of his three sons...
In the second part, it's a few years later, WWII is here, and we meet Tom on shore leave in Cuba .
And in the third section, Tom is leading a crew as they try to flush out a German boat in the mangrove swamps of the keys...
I knew this was a strong book when a certain something happens and you hadn't seen it coming and feel like you've been punched in the stomach. There's a lot of dialogue, through which you feel you're getting to know the characters. Also moments of real humour, which again bring the people more vvidly to life.
Re-read the first part when you know how the story pans out: it tears you apart.
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my Italian friend who wanted to read an English classic loved it!Published 6 months ago by mark travella
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
I have read most of Hemmingway's books and this one I think is about the best he has written. His clarity of thought and depth of character is extraordinary.Published on 8 Dec. 2013 by Rich
For some reason, Islands in the Stream is the first and so far only Hemmingway work which I've read, and I can't help feeling it wasn't the best place to start. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2012 by TH