Islands in the Stream: A Novel Scribner PB Fic ed. Edition, Kindle Edition

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Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. His classic novel The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. His life and accomplishments are explored in-depth in the PBS documentary film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Hemingway. Known for his larger-than-life personality and his passions for bullfighting, fishing, and big-game hunting, he died in Ketchum, Idaho on July 2, 1961. 

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"Many of the episodes contain the most exciting and effective writing Hemingway has ever done." -- John W. Aldridge Saturday Review "This book contains some of the best of Hemingway's descriptions of nautre: the waves breaking white and green on the reef off the coast of Cuba; the beauty of the morning on the deep water; the hermit crabs and land crabs and ghost crabs; a big barracuda stalking mullet; a heron flying with his white wings over the green water; the ibis and flamingoes and spoonbills, the last of these beautiful with the sharp rose of their color; the mosquitoes in clouds from the marshes; the water that curled and blew under the lash of the wind; the sculpture that the wind and sand had made of a piece of driftwood, gray and sanded and embedded in white, floury sand." -- Edmund Wilson Saturday Review --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000FC0QDO
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scribner; Scribner PB Fic ed. edition (July 22, 2003)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 22, 2003
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3038 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0684837870
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899. His father was a doctor and he was the second of six children. Their home was at Oak Park, a Chicago suburb.

In 1917, Hemingway joined the Kansas City Star as a cub reporter. The following year, he volunteered as an ambulance driver on the Italian front, where he was badly wounded but decorated for his services. He returned to America in 1919, and married in 1921. In 1922, he reported on the Greco-Turkish war before resigning from journalism to devote himself to fiction. He settled in Paris where he renewed his earlier friendships with such fellow-American expatriates as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Their encouragement and criticism were to play a valuable part in the formation of his style.

Hemingway's first two published works were Three Stories and Ten Poems and In Our Time but it was the satirical novel, The Torrents of Spring, that established his name more widely. His international reputation was firmly secured by his next three books; Fiesta, Men Without Women and A Farewell to Arms.

He was passionately involved with bullfighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing and his writing reflected this. He visited Spain during the Civil War and described his experiences in the bestseller, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

His direct and deceptively simple style of writing spawned generations of imitators but no equals. Recognition of his position in contemporary literature came in 1954 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated In Hemingway's Long Catalog of Works
By Connor Burnett on March 12, 2020
Islands In The Stream is certainly not the most acknowledged book of Hemingway's bibliography compared to the likes of A Farewell To Arms, For Whom The Bell Tolls, or The Sun Also Rises, but it is still well-worth the read. This book still has that feel of adventure, just like any other of his works. Being one of Hemingway's longer books, I will say that there are some moments that do tend to drag so be aware, that there is some commitment needed to get to the end.

If you're already a fan of Ernest Hemingway, and you're thinking about reading this, you won't be disappointed. However, if you're new to the world of Hemingway's writing, this wouldn't be my first recommendation on getting into his work. This is one of those books that is only going to really stick out to you if you've already read his most prolific material.
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Philip Mayo
5.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway can make your blood race, your heart thump, your hairs stand on end; but he can also make you weep.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 31, 2007
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four and a half stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 11, 2016
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MIKE DAVIES
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality writing but fell short of compelling reading
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 28, 2016
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GoJoGlitz
5.0 out of 5 stars A master
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 11, 2016
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Dudley Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel rich in human experience
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 9, 2014
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