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Subject: Ernest Hemingway
Date Posted: 10/10/2011 10:23 PM ET
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I'm not really a fan of Hemingway as a writer, at least not of anything I've read by him so far which include: The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls.  I did read those all back in high school, so I'll have to give them another whirl at some point as a lot of my taste has changed since then.

As for Hemingway as a person- a lot of what I've read about him is really cool.  The way he lived, the experiences he had are really impressive (apart from the alcoholism).  He won a bet that he couldn't write a complete story in six words.  He came up with "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." and won.

Anyone a Hemingway fan?  Hater?  Know anything about him or his work?

Date Posted: 10/11/2011 1:48 AM ET
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I'll soon be taking a class about Americans in Paris during the 20s, and have been reading many books concerning Hemingway: A Moveable Feast, Geniuses Together, and The Paris Wife (which I loved). That being said, I do not like Hemingway as a person or as a writer.


Date Posted: 10/14/2011 9:14 PM ET
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Not a fan.

To economical with his words to the point where the characters are wooden and unbelievable.




Date Posted: 10/18/2011 11:44 AM ET
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too economical with his words

No one was more economical with his words as Faulkner, when he was writing dialogue.

Today , the same can be said for Cormac McCarthy.

Date Posted: 10/20/2011 7:24 PM ET
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I appreciate economy of words.  Excess verbiage tends to put me to sleep.