Islands in the Stream Author:Ernest Hemingway For years readers have been impatiently awaiting the appearance of a major novel by Ernest Hemingway rumored to have been left among his writings at the time of his death. Islands in the Stream is that novel and it will certainly fulfill the expectations of a worldwide audience. It contains the uncanny sense of life and action that has been char... more »acteristic of his writing from his earliest stories (In our Time) to his last novella (The Old Man and the Sea). It also contains the warmth of the past recollected that inspired A Moveable Feast. But another charm of this book that has been relatively rare in Hemingway's published works, although it was never wholly absent, is a rich and relaxed sense of humor that enlivens scene after scene; sometimes ironical, sometiems ribald, always contagious.
The book is divided into three parts, of which the first describes the life of a painter Thomas Hudson in the mid-1930's on the island of Bimini in the Gulf Stream. The second part takes place a number of years later in Cuba in war-time where Hudson is engaged in secret anti-submarine activites. The last part takes place shortly afterwards on board Hudson's improvised Q-boat, hunting down the survivors of a German submarine.« less