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Islands in the Stream | [Ernest Hemingway]

Islands in the Stream

First published in 1970, nine years after Hemingway's death, this is the story of an artist and adventurer, a man much like Hemingway himself. Beginning in the 1930s, Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson, from his experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini through his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II. Hemingway is at his mature best in this beguiling tale.
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First published in 1970, nine years after Hemingway's death, this is the story of an artist and adventurer, a man much like Hemingway himself. Beginning in the 1930s, Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson, from his experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini through his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II. Hemingway is at his mature best in this beguiling tale.

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the 20th century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century.

As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.

©1970 Mary Hemingway; ©1970 Charles Scribner's Sons. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-20-11
    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-20-11 Member Since 2012
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    "I've known men like this and I'm not impressed."

    I know, it's Ernest Hemingway. How dare I have less than adoration for the author!

    The monotone narration was mediocre at best but there was very little to work with.

    The story is about a big name artistic type who reaches for a drink made by his black man servant or a bottle for any and all reasons. Not much happens other than he suffers some almost incidental personal losses so, guess what? He reaches for another drink. Then he dies and the drinking stops. The end.

    If you've known an alcoholic you already know the story. It isn't fun in real life and it isn't worthy entertainment either. Don't waste your credit.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    N. S. W. Wildwood, NJ USA 08-11-11
    N. S. W. Wildwood, NJ USA 08-11-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Love the characterizations!"

    The narrator manages to "do" the characters better than if I had been reading the book and making up their voices in my head. :-) Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

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    Vernon Wallback, WV, United States 07-09-11
    Vernon Wallback, WV, United States 07-09-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A real good story."

    The story told here focused light on the life of one man at three different periods. His life with his loves, his life with his sons, followed by his life as a fighter for his beliefs during WW II. Through out these phases of his life he was not a man who would not back down from trouble or himself nor would he fail a friend. The descriptions of the interactions between himself and his sons were particularly riveting for me with one hell of a fish story as a part of this. This book brought home all the things I remember the old guys from the WW II era talking about when I was growing up and helped put in perspective some of what made that generation that generation. I am now hooked on Hemingway and intend to read and listen to his other stories. In simple English this is a real good story.

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    Michael Hixson, TN, USA 01-30-10
    Michael Hixson, TN, USA 01-30-10 Member Since 2011
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    "good sense of Cuba"

    I spend some time in Cuba and this book does a good job of capturing what I have seen. I think Hemingway can be very good or very bad and this falls in the middle.

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    Mark Patterson 08-28-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Papa Unravelled"

    I've long rated Hemingway as my favorite author. In the part of the book, "Islands" delivers the crisp, intense writing I count on with Hemingway. But by the last part it loses its punch. It is ironic because the end of the book involves the most action-oriented story, yet it is flat. It is also filled with profanity, so watch out if you like to avoid foul language.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 06-19-08
    Tammy 06-19-08
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    "Excellent descriptions!"

    I love Hemingway. His books are so descriptive you can picture and feel everything. The first half was excellent, but he second half drug a bit, although very good nonetheless. Wish he didn't kill off his main characters!!

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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