Written when Hemingway returned from his 1953 safari, and edited by his son Patrick, True at First Light is a rich blend of autobiography and fiction, a breathtaking final work from one of this century's most beloved and important writers.
Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Chicago in 1899 as the son of a doctor and the second of six children. After a stint as an ambulance driver at the Italian front, Hemingway came home to America in 1919, only to return to the battlefield - this time as a reporter on the Greco-Turkish war - in 1922. Resigning from journalism to focus on his writing instead, he moved to Paris where he renewed his earlier friendship with fellow American expatriates such as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Through the years, Hemingway travelled widely and wrote avidly, becoming an internationally recognized literary master of his craft. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.
Hemingway's alleged last novel is a "fictional memoir" of an African safari undertaken in 1953. Its publication has sparked controversy, but what most critics fail to grasp is that this book, left unfinished at the time of Hemingway's death, offers for the first time the opportunity to view a draft of his work before he trimmed the fat to present his signature lean prose, thereby providing a glimpse into his creative process. Actor Brian Dennehy is in top form here, and his mature bass voice is a perfect match for the material. His exact pronunciations of the numerous African words and his characterizations of the natives, who play a large role in the story, breathe life into the text. The program also includes son Patrick's self-narrated introduction. This superb audio rendering makes the text accessible and, thanks to Dennehy's reading, the story a more pleasant journey. Highly recommended.ÄMichael Rogers, "Library Journal" Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Who wants to go on an 11-hour audio safari with an aging, ego-bloated Hemingway? That's the immediate drawback to listening to this posthumous memoir-turned-novel (edited into its current form by the legendary author's son Patrick). If anyone is capable of breathing life into Hemingway's late tale of big-game hunting with his wife in East Africa, however, it is Dennehy, one of the finest narrators in the spoken-audio field. Here he works to convey the essential nature of Hemingway's character; he contrasts the sparse elegance of Hemingway's descriptive prose style against the more swaggering posture of his ever-present pride. By the time Hemingway wrote this book, he was well aware of his celebrity, his aura, his powersÄwas able to flatly say, "I love command." Dennehy plays up this self-conscious quality, offering it as a portrait of the author's psyche. It's that sense of performance that makes this audio adaptation spark to life. Based on the 1999 Scribner hardcover. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Captures the beauty of the African landscape and the thrill of the
hunt, in true Hemingway style * Red *
This is writing of a high order; sympathetic, luminous, hypnotic, humane * Caledonia *