True at First Light ( CD)
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|A blend of autobiography and fiction, "True at First Light" opens on the day Ernest Hemingway's close friend Pop, a celebrated hunter, leaves him in charge of the safari camp and news arrives of a potential attack from a hostile tribe. Unabridged. 9 CDs.|
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The last unpublished work by the great American author offers a fictional account of his last African safari.ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S LAST UNPUBLISHED WORK!
A blend of autobiography and fiction, True at First Light opens on the day Ernest Hemingway's close friend Pop, a celebrated hunter, leaves him in charge of the safari camp and news arrives of a potential attack from a hostile tribe. Drama continues to build as his wife, Mary, pursues the great, black-maned lion that has become her obsession. Equally adept at evoking the singular textures of the landscape, the thrill of the hunt and the complexities of married life, Hemingway waves a tale that is rich in laughter, beauty, and profound insight. True at First Light is the breathtaking final work from one of this nation's most beloved and important writers.
Hemingway's posthumous novel is set in Africa and involves an American man, his wife, and his African mistress. Patrick Hemingway, the novelist's son, compiled this text from the 200,000-word journal Hemingway kept of his Kenya tour in 1953 that seems to have been a self-destructive blend of safari, adultery, and hype. The resulting novel is an idyllic version of this tour, blending fact and fiction--Hemingway's last attempt to burnish his image as a great hunter, a great lover, and a sophisticated man of the world.
"I spent a lot of time with both Mary and my father after the incident, and I would say...it is pretty highly fictionalized. He's made it more of an artistic production than it probably was." - Patrick Hemingway July/August 1999 Literary Review
"There is good, engaged writing here, when Hemingway forgets his vanities and pretensions, stops searching for humour, turns to dealing directly with nature or matters of precise observation. There are marvellous passages on African birds, others of solemn meditation. Hemingway has not lost his talent, but he has certainly not found his bearings....[It is not] a great lost novel. Rather it's a lesser, disturbing work, by one of the century's truly great writers, showing what is good and bad about him." - Malcolm Bradbury July 1999