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.
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I have to say that I am not too fond of audio books. I was a little hesitant to purchase this due to the price, but upon listening to it during a long spring break drive I found myself won over by Mr. Greenwood's voice and Hemingways simple, but profound dialogue. Ya the whole conch thing was a tad annoying, but that didn't take away from what I thought was money well spent. CD
Yes, it is so nuanced I am sure I missed a lot the first time.
I listened to this while I was sailing around Cuba. I literally felt like I was on the boat with Hemingway searching the tiny surrounding islands for the German sailors. The story felt so authentic and un apologetic for the way Hemingway lead his life. It made me feel sympathetic for him as a person and want to revisit his other lesser known works. It is written pretty raw, one gets a sense that Hemingway would have maybe edited down some of the chapters but it is this sense of rawness that make you feel like you are peaking at Hemingway's notes and glean a deeper appreciation of the way he thought about a story.
Greenwood does great job doing the different voices. It is very well produced and delightful to listen to.
I immediately made 4 people in my life listen to it and discuss it with me. They all loved it just as much as me and couldn't believe it isn't more well known.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Hemingway.
Bruce Greenwood delivers an amazing performance on an odd book. I struggled to finish this one, but couldn't give up on it. Every time I'd listen, I'd get drawn in by his brilliant descriptions and dialogue, and then get bored after an hour because it never seemed to go anywhere. That being said, I would still recommend it to anyone. There are several moments that invoked a deep emotional response in me, and isn't that what it's all about?
I found this very disjointed. The stories just not tied together. It's like they glued a few books together that had nothing to do with each other. Perhaps it was intended to be a series that never was. It might work well as a play but I doubt it. It most certainly does not work well as an audiobook.
everything after the loss of the great swordfish. Was downhill after that.
This book is such a mixed bag. The first 1/3 is some of the best Hemingway I have ever read - truly beautiful and heartbreaking. The middle third is pretty much a waste of time, in my opinion. And the last third is so slow moving - like the doldrums of still seas - that I don't know if it's good or not.So, with all of that said, I would have to say this book is only really going to please long time / serious fans of Ernest Hemingway. Like most posthumous work, it feels unpolished and unfinished. But for the super fans, they will likely really enjoy it. If you enjoy tight, fast-paced, well-resolved fiction, this isn't for you.Bottom line: Islands in the Stream feels like the literary bringing to life of a very very sad man who has lost his love for life and is, like the protagonist Thomas Hudson, working purely out of a sense of duty. Because there is nothing else left.*Note: Voice talent Bruce Greenwood did and exceptional job with this title - his work as the reader was beautiful. Likely the best thing about this book is the narration. Bravo Bruce.
Long. Slow. Disjointed. Morose, bordering on depressing.
Think more carefully about reading Hemingway.
Islands in the Stream is a perfectly good novel, though no one would claim that is Hemingway's best. Bruce Greenwood's performance, however, made it hands down the best book I have listened to and brought it to life in a way that made it much more enjoyable than reading the book could have been. His ability to create different accents and voices for the various characters was impressive. I am disappointed that there are no other books he has read. If there is any slim chance that he might see this: Bruce Greenwood, audiobooks are your superpower and I implore you to do more!
One of the best one man performance of straight literature I have listened to.
He captured mood. Inflection of the children and ESL groups well.
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