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Doesn't travel well
on 27 October 2011
I'm sure that this was a classic when it came out - I've no doubt it showcased a new and innovative style of writing. However, the book has not fared well over time.
Too much of the book seems to rely on your knowledge of the bullfighting stars of the day - reading the book now there are great swathes that I skipped over as these matadors and picadors meant nothing to me.
Also, the book seems to have no beginning, middle or end. I was about half way through before I even worked out the full order in which a bullfight takes place.
However, there are some fascinating snippets that made reading the book worthwhile.
As for the ultimate question or whether or not it would make me want to see a bullfight after reading Hemingway's book - the answer is a resounding yes.