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Format:  CD
ISBN-10: 0743564464
ISBN-13: 9780743564465
Sku: 203093704
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 5.75H x 5.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  6
Age Range:  NA
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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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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.
Author Bio
Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway played football in high school and was a lifelong sportsman, obsessed from his youth with hunting and fishing, but had no formal education after Oak Park High. He drove an ambulance in France in World War I and also served (and was wounded) in the Italian army. After the war, he was a reporter for the "Toronto Star". In the 1920s, he settled in Paris as part of the group of American expatriates who formed Gertrude Stein's circle. She was an enormous influence on his writing, teaching the virtue of the simple declarative sentence. He was also influenced by Ezra Pound, whom he revered, and became friends with F. Scott Fitzgerald (a stormy friendship, which did not endure). His first American publication was the group of stories, "In Our Time" (1925), in which the concerns and values of the so-called "lost generation" were articulated for the first time: their postwar disillusionment; their cynical, stoic endurance in the face of pain; their brutal honesty; and their distance from emotional involvement. Hemingway moved back to the U.S. in the later '20s, and began to write novels; his first great success was "The Sun Also Rises" in 1926. He moved to Key West in 1928; from that base, he often visited Spain, where he became an aficionado of bullfighting, and went on safari in Africa. He covered the Spanish Civil War as a reporter, then moved to Cuba in the 1940s, where he kept an estate until a group of revolutionaries killed his beloved dog. Hemingway had four wives and fathered three sons. He became one of the century's most influential writers. (Nabokov once commented that Hemingway wrote about "bells, bulls, and balls.") His fame culminated in a 1952 Pulitzer Prize for "The Old Man and the Sea", and the Nobel Prize in literature in 1954. All his life, he had phobias about taxes, telephones, and speaking in public: He accepted the Nobel Prize in absentia. ("A writer should write what he has to say, not speak it.") A heavy drinker, Hemingway was ill, both physically and mentally, for several years at the end of his life; his debilitated physical state was worsened after a plane crash en route to his fifth African safari, in which he was seriously injured, including a ruptured liver and kidney, broken bones, a concussion, first-degree burns, and vision and hearing loss. Delusional and unable to write, he endured a variety of treatments, including shock therapy at the Mayo Clinic. Finally, depressed and frustrated, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a double-barreled shotgun weeks before his 62nd birthday.

Praise

New York Review of Books
"TRUE AT FIRST LIGHT...can be read only as something not yet made, scenes in the process of being set down, words set down but not yet written." - Joan Didion

Nation
"A poignant but not particularly good book, TRUE AT FIRST LIGHT is not about Africa at all....After all, this is a book about age, regret, insomnia and guilt." - Brenda Wineapple 06/14/1999

Kirkus Reviews
"Uneven, imperfect, irritating, amusing, moving, and of treasurable importance to an understanding of this massive however flawed genius of our literature." 04/01/1999

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

Book
"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

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format / Audio CD - Unabridged:   Audio CD - Unabridged
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   6
Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster Audio
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