This is the ideal "listen to" book. Great character speaking! Incredibly detailed descriptions really conveying life on a small island. Murder and death -- and the story behind. Huge story, told with incredibly numerous, interesting, character-driven details. But what most impressed me was how very literary the writing was. This "listen" has the best of everything. This didn't win the Pulitzer. But maybe it should have, if reader/listener's engrossment, entertainment, understanding of psychological motivations of characters, and really outstanding, literary language (in island vernacular) counts!
This is more creative non-fiction than a novel, in my opinion.
Yes, I'll be more wary of historical "fiction"
It's interesting to learn more about Hemingway's life, but that's the best of this.
I did listen all the way through. I appreciate the imagination involved, but no story is every going to out do "the greatest story ever told." Also, the underlying dramatic situation is pretty hacknied, tear-jerking, and predictable.
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