I'm a big Hemingway fan (if I don't think about his love of hunting!). I read this years ago, but decided to listen to the newest edition that has additional material from the last editions. I love listening to good writing with well-spoken readers. I'm never disappointed with Hemingway, because his prose is so clean.
Paris in the 1920's was truly another world from the Paris of today. As as I progressed through the book, I found myself yearning for a trip to Hemingway's Paris.
This is sort of a food memoire. After all, how can you write about Paris and France and not include something about eating and drinking?
And although Hemingway's food and wine descriptions make you wish you were there with him, my favorite chapters were about his friendship with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway's son, Jack, who he called Mr. Bumby.
The last chapter includes Hemingway's various versions of his introduction to the book. Not only does it prove writing is always rewriting, but thinking that Hemingway kept every version of a short intro and they're all archived is even more fascinating.
I'm so glad the audio publisher let Norman narrate his book. It was like listening to an old friend tell a great story.
This book took me back to the early days (late70s, 80's and early 90s) when the American food explosion was so much fun to be part of (and I was) and chefs didn't care about their TV ratings (there was no Food Network yet), but about creating truly great food. There are recipes at the end of each chapter. My favorite is "Latkes with Sour Cream and Caviar" at the end of Chapter 19.
Norman is also a terrific writer ...reminded me a little of Hemingway's prose.. and that's good, since a lot of the book takes place in Key West, a Hemingway hangout. I loved this book. Go buy it. Go listen.
I loved this book when I first read it when it was published in 1983. As a lark, I thought it was time for a revisit as an audio book. Marion Zimmer Bradley writes an engrossing tale, which takes place over several generations. Her well-devloped characters are people who you like, recognize, love and hate. Some you wish you could give a good kick to wake up and see what's going on around them.
It weaves the rise of Christianity and the loss of the old religion in ancient Briton into a wonderfullly different version of the Arthurian legend told through the eyes of women and Morgan Le Fey. Merlin, the search for the Grail, the knights of the round table, Excaliber, Avalon and Camelot are all here, yet all different. And, although a fantasy, makes you think about spritual growth as well as ignorance and fear. Although over 50 hours, this is a journey worth taking.
A fun trip across country with David Rosenfelt, his wife Debby, a troop of dog loving comrades and all those dogs! The dog rescue stories integrated with the actual trip make this a great listen for any animal loving reader. And now I know the real identity of Andy Carpenter.
I think the information is so basic, that I can't understand how this was a best seller. The most annoying part of the book was Mr. Burchard's reading, especially his sort of snickering as he spoke.
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