Ongoing Thoughts on Hemingway

In light of reading In Our Time and other novels/stories

What follows are live, on-going “marginalia” while reading Hemingway

“The next night back he did not tell the girl he went upstairs with at the Villa Rosa about Jesus.”

In Our Time

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Complete impression upon finishing—

No writer is ever the same after reading Hemingway. Every American writer is indebted to him and must savor the purity of his language.

It is lamentable that Hemingway, one of the finest writers America has ever produced, is not as widely inculcated even in Literature studies from respectable academic institutions as he should be.

If a writer suffers for want of clarity, both narratively and stylistically in their own work, then they could do worse than revisit early Hemingway.

Hemingway truly staggers us with his talent, the purity of language present even in his early oeuvre (In Our Time is his Cubist early masterpiece par excellence) and the power with which he paints out narratives in spare, deft strokes. If the Nobel Prize even means anything, then it was merely some totem to Hemingway’s revitalization of all English prose.

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Raconteur and essayist with a funny bone. Educator by profession.

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Allen Bauman

Raconteur and essayist with a funny bone. Educator by profession.