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His second major venture into nonfiction (after Death in the Afternoon, 1932), Green Hills of Africa is Ernest Hemingway's lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa, where he and his wife, Pauline, journeyed in December of 1933. Hemingway's well-known interest in - and fascination with - big-game hunting is magnificently captured in this evocative account of his trip.

In examining the poetic grace of the chase, and the ferocity of the kill, Hemingway also looks inward, seeking to explain the lure of the hunt and the primal undercurrent that comes alive on the plains of Africa. Yet Green Hills of Africa is also an impassioned portrait of the glory of the African landscape, and of the beauty of a wilderness that was, even then, being threatened by the incursions of man.

Who's your papa? Listen to more from Ernest Hemingway.
©1935, 1963 Charles Scribner's Sons and Mary Hemingway. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Nick
  • St IvesAustralia
  • 10-05-07

A Life Well Lived

Hemingway's account of a Kudu hunting safari in Africa between the wars is not one of his better-known works. But his ability to let the reader experience events through Hemingway's own senses is as strong as ever. This is a mesmerising story. I found the narration a little brisk for my liking, and slowed it down with the iPod software.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 10-25-16

The Pleasures of Place, People, and Persuit

Where a man feels at home, outside of where he's born, is where he's meant to go."
- Ernest Hemingway

Once, when I was 11 or 12, I begged my father to take me Mule deer hunting in Utah. Growing up in the West, among a certain strata of boy, the October deer hunt was a sort of blood ritual. We would take off from school for a couple days, go into the mountains with our fathers, shoot at things, and come home.

At this time in my life, I had tremendous blood lust. I wanted to bring something down. To be at the top of the pyramid for a second. To conquer something. I wasn't at the stage where I could explore where these impulses came from. The desire to carry and shoot. The desire to kill and show off my trophy. It really was a deep thing. I think as a child, I can best explain it as some way of coming to grips with the discovery that you are no longer the center of the Universe. You have recently discovered you aren't a god. So, you act like a god. You seek to become Shiva the destroyer, the killer of groundhogs, of robins, the boy who pulls the stinger out of bees in the window.

Lucky for me, I discovered (much later in life) that my father, a veterinarian, used to steer me away from the deer. He was happy to hike, camp, and shoot with me. He understood better than I, the stage I was in. Perhaps, at 11 or 12, disappointment with not finding something to kill might serve me better than blood.

Even now as I've grown, as I read Hemingway's 'Green Hills of Africa' and I feel all of those early impulses again. After finishing this story, I did a Google search to see how much a Safari in South Africa and Zimbabwe costs now days. I know this is absurd. It is one of those things I mock and despise among the rich. Photos of the Trump boys displaying their trophies or the owner of Jimmy Johns standing under an Elephant he has recently killed makes me both angry and sad at the same time. But I STILL, emotionally, deep down find myself thinking about Hemingway and Roosevelt. Thinking about the big tests, the pursuit, the hunt, the blood. It sickens and attracts. It is visceral. I really think C. G. Poore captured it perfectly when he said this story was "about people in unacknowledged conflict and about the pleasures of travel and the pleasures of drinking and war and peace and writing."

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  • Breda
  • New York, New York, United States
  • 06-27-12

It was good but not amazing

What made the experience of listening to Green Hills of Africa the most enjoyable?

Picturing the whole scene, the landscape, the experience of being there.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Green Hills of Africa?

When he shot a rhino

Which character – as performed by Josh Lucas – was your favorite?

Hemmingway

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. It was good, slightly boring because it was all about one hunting trip but it is what it is and Im glad I listened to it. Its interesting.

Any additional comments?

If you like Hemmingway you will like it.

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  • Tom
  • Perrysburg, Ohio
  • 08-28-17

So wanted to love this book... but didn't

It's Earnest F' Hemingway .. it's got to me good.. right? Not so much. I was hating this book by the 3 red hour, and abandoned it in the 4th. I almost never ditch a book after starting, but I could not finish this one. Maybe I will try again one day, but it won't be anytime soon. Sorry Ernest...

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Excellent.

The first book I ever listened to. I will definitely listen to the rest of Hemingway's books.

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Awesome

One damn fine writer and the story captures the imagination of the listener!! A true hunting story.

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Great story about hunting Africa in the glory days

Like safari?This book is for you.Lots of beautiful hunts and very descriptive story to get the imagination flowing.

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Boring yet worthwhile

It's not a very exciting book, you don't get that need to listen more, it's memorable though, and works almost as a diary for Hemingway and thus interesting in it's own way.

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A great safari adventure brought to life

This is a fine example of Hemingway's non-fiction writing, done as only he can do it.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anti hunters or the Greenpeace crowd, but I doubt they'd read Hemingway anyhow.

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Fight Club & Hemingway

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I was very interested in the movie Fight Club and the theme the movie communicated. In one scene of the movie Brad Pitts character was asked who he would most like to fight dead or alive, he said Hemingway. This statement became a thread I followed, as the character/writer would not mention Hemingway randomly. Wanting to know why "Hemingway"?, I read this non-fiction classic. It not only opened my eyes to the inspiration behind Pitt's character's statement but re-introduced me to perhaps the greatest American Author - equal to Mark Twain in my mind.

Read this book before reading any other Hemingway Novel (as well as his wikipedia page) and you will better see the writer himself behind the artistic and intense stories he created. After listening to Green Hills of Africa - I had to listen to his other books (I listened to "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - now the best book I've ever read). In the end I was entertained, inspired by his artistry and learned something about myself I didn't know.

You should read it too.

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  • H. Lucy
  • 05-21-16

Josh Lucas missed the mark

The story is excellent, vivid and graphic with a wonderful flow. Josh Lucas could have done half a day worth of research into basic swahili and could have saved his performance from the abomination that he instead produced. How was this recording released without editors? "Mem-sa-heeb"!? Shame.

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