Islands in the Stream

Islands in the Stream

Book - 1970
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"First published in 1970, nine years after Ernest Hemingway's death, Islands in the Stream is the story of an artist and adventurer -- a man much like Hemingway himself. Rich with the uncanny sense of life and action characteristic of his writing -- from his earliest stories (In Our Time) to his last novella (The Old Man and the Sea) -- this compelling novel contains both the warmth of recollection that inspired A Moveable Feast and a rare glimpse of Hemingway's rich and relaxed sense of humor, which enlivens scene after scene. 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, where his loneliness is broken by the vacation visit of his three young sons, to his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II. The greater part of the story takes place in a Havana bar, where a wildly diverse cast of characters -- including an aging prostitute who stands out as one of Hemingway's most vivid creations -- engages in incomparably rich dialogue. A brilliant portrait of the inner life of a complex and endlessly intriguing man, Islands in the Stream is Hemingway at his mature best."--Online description.
Publisher: London : Collins, 1970.
ISBN: 9780684837871
Call Number: HEMINGWAY
Characteristics: 398 p. : map (on lining papers) ; 23 cm
Subjects: Americans -- Bahamas -- Bimini Islands -- Fiction.
Americans -- Cuba -- Fiction.


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Jul 17, 2017

Could this be added on mp3 or downloadable digital? Thank you!

Aug 25, 2016

I cannot imagine a more moving and all encompassing novel to cope with, explain and learn from loneliness and loss. Can you judge a post-humously release book? Of course. On the previous works? If you must. On its merit alone, divine. I feel more akin to Hem than ever and I believe its because theyve taken more from the nonfiction. For me, its kind of just as after reading A Moveable Feast, the blur between character and author became an amazingly interesting line.

Sep 01, 2013

Not sure if I got lucky or if Hemingway truly is a good writer. I no longer, though, have an aversion to Hemingway's works and will gladly read more in the future.

This story of Thomas Hudson had me glued to the pages. Hemingway has a way of blending his personal life with his fiction. He brings elements of his life into this story and builds around them. It's not all autobiographical but enough so that Hemingway is interwoven into his story in a real and lasting way.

The first part of this story is awesome. It's life at its best: family, love, good times.

At times this story is gritty, at times its light. Hemingway did a great job of balancing all the elements of a man finding his way through some good and some terrible personal times.

Hemingway could bring strong emotions to the page in few concise words, he manages to get right to the point of what he's trying to say.

After a bad Hemingway experience in high school, its taken me years to try again. I'm glad I did and I look forward to more Hemingway in my reading future.

Apr 10, 2013

Did you know that the Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers song is based on this book? Just kidding.
Can you judge a book that was released posthumously? Hemingway was maybe the brand name American writer of the 20th century writer and someone realized there was lots of money to be made by publishing more of his books, which also includes "A Moveable Feast" (my favorite of his), "The Dangerous Summer," and "The Garden of Eden."
Published in 1970, this three-part novel feels like a parody of Hemingway and you could enjoy yourself by playing a drinking game (I'd suggest rum) by drinking every time a stereotypically Hemingway thing happens: drinking, fishing, half-assed philosophizing, casual sexism, swearing, and manly men doing manly things. Coming in at over 400 pages, "Islands" is the opposite of his celebrated stripped down, blunt style. It's bloated, overwritten, and just plain bad in parts, like when he writes about the "rich whore smell." Ha! On the plus side, I discovered a new drink, the Tomini, which is gin, coconut water, bitters, and lime, although I'd sub rum for gin. Cheers.


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