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Poll Question: What did you think of the Hemingway PBS American Masters episode?
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Posted: 18 September 2005 at 10:58am | IP Logged Quote bookman

I gave it just a "good" rating. I found it a bit "dark" to my liking, but did enjoy it. The others I've watched were better, though.
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Posted: 18 September 2005 at 8:43pm | IP Logged Quote Mike Galvin

In the Boston area it has been aired 3 times. I would guess it will be repeated several times which is usual for PBS.

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They focused too much on his flaws.
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Posted: 22 September 2005 at 2:47pm | IP Logged Quote rob on the job

They concentrated too much on the Paris years -- surprise, huh? -- at the expense of his Key West time and especially his post-WWII years, when he was writing his aborted big land-sea-air novel of WWII that later became Across the River, Old Man and the Sea, and Islands in the Stream.

Also, his suicide seemed to come out of nowhere. They should have talked about how his anxiety of being booted out of Cuba became an increasing paranoia while in Spain to write the "Dangerous Summer" articles for Life magazine.

It's sad to describe this mental disease that is a family curse, but unless you can chart the disintegration of this once-fine mind, the suicide seems like it comes out of nowhere.
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Posted: 30 September 2005 at 3:27pm | IP Logged Quote RobbieJor

I enjoyed the program...

...but thought it just goes to show: that Ernest lived such a full life that it's impossible to capture it all in an hour and a half show.  They short changed some aspects, like Key West, but I'll take whatever they can throw my way.

PBS is offering a video of the program for $24.95 ... See your local PBS station for details.

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Posted: 07 October 2005 at 6:39pm | IP Logged Quote Wordsmithereen

There were some things that were new, but not many. I didn't care much for the show in general and was somewhat disappointed. I live in Fl. and was truly disappointed they didn't cover much of the years there.

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Posted: 14 October 2005 at 9:25pm | IP Logged Quote HEMINGWAY

It's hard to fit a lake into a glass of water.

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Well said.

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