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Magnificent character study; superlative because each personality is introduced, developed and metamorphosed into a looking glass examination of human nature. Be careful before you pick up this book to read or listen to. Hemingway is not studying the joys of life; rather its drudgeries.
There is joy in the book though. It comes from Hemingway’s ability to describe, the Running of the Bulls the antecedent and integral part of the Bull Fight, as the process is known in English. Hemmingway teaches us that the English words, Bull Fight, do not do justice to the ritual. His description is magical. His narrative may be the most famous modelling of sacramental activity in all of literature. It description becomes a second tale within the overall saga. It is the story of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, the eight-day festival of Sanfermines in honor of Saint Fermin. Just a magnificent telling. The world wide fame of the Pamplona festival, comes directly from Hemingway, in the Sun also Rises.
To top it all off, William Hurt narrates. There could not be a more perfect depiction of Hemingway’s words, a perfect reflection of the novel’s tenor, and an opportunity to visit genius at work. Remember, though, this book does not tell you of a happy time. Right down to its final sentence it leaves one irresolute about life.
William Hurt's bizarre phrasing of the narrative portions was a Major distraction. His rendering of Spanish and French accents was very good, but Bret's English accent was truly bizarre.
The bullfights, beautifully, graphically, tragically described mirrored the encounters of the main characters, always coming closer to each other, to love or to fight, and then backing away, a tangled dance like that of matador and bull, dodging, feinting, charging and ending, not in death, but still with a sense of tragedy.
No. Not ever.
I liked the characters and the story setting. The descriptions of bullfighting and scenery were great. Really got a feeling I was there. On the bad side, I did not know why I was there. The whole story kind of seemed aimless.
No. The reading of the story was too lethargic. Made the whole story just seem listless. I much prefer the other Hemingway books. For Whom the Bell Tolls was fantastic.
Too lethargic. Seemed like all the characters were William Hurt. Other narrators seem to do a better job making the characters more unique in the reading.
Yes. I would like to see the scenery in a movie. Despite the light plot, Hemingway paints with his words and the beauty of the places shine through.
Ernest Hemmingway - yes. William Hurt - never again.
No. No. No. Such a boing performance. I've read this story 2 times and thought I'd try listening to my (once) favorite story. Almost abandoned listening to the story multiple times. No tone change in the character's voice. It was like listening to a teenager tell a story he really doesn't want to tell. Monotone and boooreing!
The story is fantastic.
If you're a fan of Ernest Hemmingway, stick to the printed version of this book and try For Whom the Bell Tolls in audio version.
Male, 58. Listen mainly on my 45 minute one way commute. Listen mostly to non-fiction, especially history and christian books.
I have always enjoyed and respected William Hurt as a very professional actor. I feel as though he failed miserably in narrating this novel. He just does not seem to get Hemingway. He does not come close to the excellent narration Stacey Keach provides in the short stories or the narrator in For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Yes I would read another book by Ernest Hemingway, and no, I will never buy a book read by William Hurt. He was awful. I couldn't get past ch. 1.
I don't have one. I only got through chapter one because William Hurt was awful at the reading. He read so slow and deliberate; I couldn't stand it.
I felt like he was reading to a Kindergartner. He read so slow and he enunciated too much. Even during dialogue, he didn't have any personality.
I don't know....didn't hear much.
I wish there were another version with another reader.
Rereading this classic, would have been a complete pleasure but for William Hurt's flat performance. He did a good job with the characters' dialogue. As narrator, his odd cadence clashed with the tone of the book.
William Hurt is a quality actor but i do not enjoy his efforts as a narrator. I may have given this book 4 stars if not for the narration but i doubt it. I agree this is one of Hemingway's better efforts as an author.
Have a different reader.
I normally enjoy his acting but his performance of this reading was dreadful. He sounded bored and half asleep. He emphasized random words in the sentenses which made it very hard to follow.
I like William Hurt as an actor, but his narration skills fall far short of others that do this sort of work. He was very dry. His interpretation of American accents is hilarious. People from the Rocky Mountains do not sound like people from the Appalachians.