Across the River and into the Trees (Scribner Classic)

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9780020519201: Across the River and into the Trees (Scribner Classic)

In the fall of 1948, Ernest Hemingway made his first extended visit to Italy in thirty years. His reacquaintance with Venice, a city he loved, provided the inspiration for Across the River and into the Trees, the story of Richard Cantwell, a war-ravaged American colonel stationed in Italy at the close of the Second World War, and his love for a young Italian countess. A poignant, bittersweet homage to love that overpowers reason, to the resilience of the human spirit, and to the worldweary beauty and majesty of Venice, Across the River and into the Trees stands as Hemingway's statement of defiance in response to the great dehumanizing atrocities of the Second World War. Hemingway's last full-length novel published in his lifetime, it moved John O'Hara in The New York Times Book Review to call him "the most important author since Shakespeare."

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Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.

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In classic Hemingway style, a middle-aged American colonel stationed in Europe spends a great deal of time philosophizing about the meaning of war and agonizing over the unspecified physical impairments that prevent him from having a sex life with his teenaged paramour. Boyd Gaines captures the novel's poignancy and brings some life to the endless narrative passages. He imparts an indeterminate European accent to the young Italian countess while giving her a sense of maturity beyond her limited years. While not one of Hemingway's best, this work shows his passion for description and his attraction to impossible romantic situations. Gaines conveys it all in the same tone one imagines the author heard while writing it. R.L.L. AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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