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Posted: 15 October 2005 at 7:11pm | IP Logged Quote Dean Dillon

Just finished reading "Old School" and realize sadly, how poorly read I am
and feeling a need to catch up on my Hemingway. I've read (in part),
"Feast".

Any guidance on the best entree to this man's work? How 'bout a
suggestion of 3-6 works as a beginning.

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Posted: 15 October 2005 at 8:06pm | IP Logged Quote Mike Galvin

The Sun Also Rises
Old Man & The Sea
Islands In The Stream
The Nick Adams Stories

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Posted: 15 October 2005 at 10:26pm | IP Logged Quote woyzeck9

I suggest

A Farewell to Arms
Old Man
To have and have not
Sun Also Rises
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Posted: 16 October 2005 at 1:06pm | IP Logged Quote Papa Cosa

 

 I would say start with...

 The Sun Also Rises

 A Farewell to Arms

 The Nick Adams Stories.

 I love To Have and Have Not but I would save that for later?  Why?  I have no idea.

 If you want you can look for Hemingway the Mini-series.  It's a great movie.  Stacy Keach plays Papa and is fantastic.  You'll be wearing rope belts and eating onion sandwiches before you know it.

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Posted: 17 October 2005 at 2:31pm | IP Logged Quote rob on the job

Here's a slightly different tack:

Combine an EH book or two with the corresponding volume in Michael S. Reynolds' superb five-volume biography of Hemingway.

Say:
In Our Time and Sun Also Rises, with Vol II: Hemingway the Paris Years. [maybe also A Moveable Feast and Garden of Eden]

A Farewell to Arms and Men Without Women with Vol III: Hemingway the Homecoming.

To Have and Have Not, Winner Take Nothing, Green Hills of Africa and Death in the Afternoon with Vol IV: Hemingway the 30s. [maybe also True at First Light/Under Kilimanjaro]

Across the River and Into the Trees, Old Man and the Sea, and Islands in the Stream with Vol. V: Hemingway the Final Years.

BTW, Reynolds' 110-page analysis of Sun Also Rises for Twayne's Masterworks is absolutely superb. It is an excellent companion for those about to read Sun.

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        "For Whom The Bell Tolls" would be a good addition to those listed above.  It was the first one I read.  "Across the River and Through the Trees" is another favorite of mine.

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I think the worst thing we do in high schools is introduce Hemingway by having the students read "Old Mand and the Sea".  You need to be deep into Hem before you can appreciate his masterpiece.  My three suggestions would be, "The Complete Shortstories", "Islands in the Stream" and "Farewell to Arms".

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