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Posted: 12 December 2005 at 2:15pm | IP Logged Quote Guest

Has anyone read it?  Is it any good?  Does it sound like Hem or is it some over-editied somebody else kind of thing?
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Posted: 12 December 2005 at 7:40pm | IP Logged Quote bookman

Let me preface this post by saying, in general, I'm against the publication of "unfinished" manuscripts, or ones that the author simply didn't feel should be published. It's not fair to judge any author on such things. However, in Hemingway's case, I do look forward to and read these things and some very good literature has resulted (Islands in the Stream, as a novel, and "The Last Good Country", one of my favorite Nick Adams stories, albeit unfinished).
I hate to say it, but Under Kilimanjaro wasn't one I could get through. Not over-edited,to be sure. It needed to be edited (and was in the edited version "True at First Light"). I put it down.
Part of the problem was I had read (and somewhat enjoyed) True at First Light, and I think that helped spoil Kilimanjoro for me.
True at First Light put the original manuscript in more readable form, in my opinion, but who knows what the master would have done with it, had he lived longer.
It's all in Hem's voice, and there are some flashes of the prose we admire, but definitely not his best work.
It probably is important in the study of the author's life, as it is generally a true account of the safari, but a tough slog as literature.


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