Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hemingway: Legend or Reality?

Hemingway: Legend or Reality?

Written by Author Roy Murry

Ernest Hemingway was a classic macho man that many thought of his writing as self-conscious masculine and simplistically deceptive. He wrote about his manly adventures.

In World War I, he was an ambulance driver. In A Farewell to Arms (1929), he wrote about an ambulance driver in love with a nurse. Some of his other novels and stories followed a similar theme.

However, after reading his Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning novel The Old Man and the Sea (1952), his critics dismissed Hemingway’s macho posturing. I don’t dismiss it.

All through his life he wrote stories that only a strong man could write. He was a man’s man who loved the outdoor adventures he motivated towards and wrote about them: war, bullfighting, hunting, and big game fishing.

But when it came to depression, he took the not-so-macho way out. He blew his head off with a shot gun. It’s obvious he didn’t read Norman Vincent Peal’s book The Power of Positive Thinking (1952.) If he had, we might of been blessed with another Nobel Prize winning novel.

I read two of his novels for my college American Literature course: For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) and his The Old Man and the Sea. I liked the latter and will write a review: Movie vs Book in a later post.

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