I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.
Not sure. Someone who may want to waste some time.... Sorry about that, but if you like to read about a few lost souls who drink and eat and a story where really nothing happens, you may like this book. The only thing that was interesting was the description of the bull fights....
Not sure at this point.
He did a good job with content...
All of them
Drunk lonely expats
Oddly, the best comparison I can think of is Speed Tribes, by Karl Taro Greenfeld, since that book is also infused with the expat experience.
Hemingway is awesome. This book is less about war and destruction and manliness than some of his others, and shows that Hemingway has range and depth.
The story itself is pretty dismal as Hemingway chronicles the emptiness many of the Lost Generation found.The narration by William Hurt, though, is great! This narration really enhances the reading of the book as he captures tone and emotion. The Scottish accent (Mike) is really well done and the humorous exchanges between Bill & Mike come across especially well.
New Englander Living in Latin America
The blasé attitude of the writer and the characters. Everything was so blasé to them that it made me feel the same way about them and the novel.
William was ok, but his French accent often sounded like his Russian character in Gorky Park.
It was written by Hemingway and is supposed to be a classic. Other than the development of the blasé characters, there was nothing terribly interesting about the story or the writing. This was my first Hemingway and I hope it wasn't his best work. I found him tedious and hopeless.
I probably won't read more Hemingway; I didn't like him way back when I was in high school either. I would be happy to listen to William Hurt narrate anytime!
I usually love a character driven plot, but in this case I wish I had cared more about the characters. And I would like more dramatic tension. The story seemed tedious even though it wasn't that long.
I enjoyed the descriptions of Paris and Spain, but got so tired of the characters. I also could not believe how much booze they drank every day - wow! My book group read this after we read "The Paris Wife", which we really enjoyed, but none of us thought Hemingway's book was that great.
Book: Normally, I do not comment on classics. In this case, I will. The story was interesting and gave a glimpse of the period. However, I felt it was wandering and lacked a strong sense of purpose. I understand the style of writing and the context / detail were the strongest features of the book.
Reader: I enjoyed Mr. Hurt's take on the novel. He helped me immerse myself into the characters.
Yes, I think so.
I've read this novel several times so i was just looking for a different experience and it paid off. Hemmingway's novel is so spare and yet there are many layers, whicgh reveal themselves as the reader grows older and has learned to live without somethings which sem within reach but cannot be tasted. That final line, "Yes, wouldn't it be pretty to think so." never fails to break my heart.
Of course I am familier with William Hurt as an actor and always liked him quite a bit, but I was very dubious about him as the right guy to read Hemmingway. At first my worst fears were confirmed, with Hurt's very identifiable monotone, but it didn't take long for his reading to grow on me. He was very good and funny with reading the charactor's lines, especially Bill. I had never ealized how funny Bill was until I heard William Hurt read this novel.
They should remake this but I have no idea what the tag line should be. make the movie first and then I'll give you a line.,
Hemmingway's best work, in my opinion. Once i start reading it i cannot put the book down, and once I started listening to it i could not put the headphones down.
The excellent narration by William Hurt brings this classic to life. The book still feels very modern, allthough some aspects in the story are dated.
Norman B. Bradley
You've go to be kidding.
Definitely. His reading was brilliant. Just enough differentiation and personalization of the characters without sounding like a staged performance. Perfect pacing.
What a stupid question.
Yes. William Hurt really brought to life the characters
While I didn't really have a favorite I liked Cohen the least.
No. This was my first experience.
Parts of it really made me laugh