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Across the River and Into the Trees

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ISBN13: 9780684844640
ISBN10: 0684844648
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In the fall of 1948, Ernest Hemingway made his first extended visit to Italy in thirty years. His reacquaintance with Venice, a city he loved, provided the inspiration for Across the River and into the Trees, the story of Richard Cantwell, a war-ravaged American colonel stationed in Italy at the close of the Second World War, and his love for a young Italian countess. A poignant, bittersweet homage to love that overpowers reason, to the resilience of the human spirit, and to the worldweary beauty and majesty of Venice, Across the River and into the Trees stands as Hemingway's statement of defiance in response to the great dehumanizing atrocities of the Second World War. Hemingway's last full-length novel published in his lifetime, it moved John O'Hara in The New York Times Book Review to call him "the most important author since Shakespeare."

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A middle-aged American colonel, scarred by war and failing health, finds love with a young Italian countess at the very moment his life is becoming a physical hardship. Spanning only a matter of hours, this exquisite novel is tender, moving, and tragic. Set in Venice at the close of World War II, Hemingway's poignant and bittersweet story is now available in a beautiful Scribner Classics edition.

About the Author

Ernest Hemingway ranks as the most famous of twentieth-century American writers; like Mark Twain, Hemingway is one of those rare authors most people know about, whether they have read him or not. The difference is that Twain, with his white suit, ubiquitous cigar, and easy wit, survives in the public imagination as a basically, lovable figure, while the deeply imprinted image of Hemingway as rugged and macho has been much less universally admired, for all his fame. Hemingway has been regarded less as a writer dedicated to his craft than as a man of action who happened to be afflicted with genius. When he won the Nobel Prize in 1954, Time magazine reported the news under Heroes rather than Books and went on to describe the author as "a globe-trotting expert on bullfights, booze, women, wars, big game hunting, deep sea fishing, and courage." Hemingway did in fact address all those subjects in his books, and he acquired his expertise through well-reported acts of participation as well as of observation; by going to all the wars of his time, hunting and fishing for great beasts, marrying four times, occasionally getting into fistfights, drinking too much, and becoming, in the end, a worldwide celebrity recognizable for his signature beard and challenging physical pursuits.

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lukas, January 15, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
Hemingway continues to be both an iconic and a problematic author. Anyone who cares about American fiction needs to read him and his influence is inescapable, as is his larger than life persona. But is he as great as his reputation? No, but, then again, nobody really could be. The knee-jerk complaint against him is that he's sexist, but, to be fair, none of his characters are really three dimensional. And for all his vaunted realism, there's a sentimental, slightly phony streak that runs through his work and is especially evident in his penultimate and worst reviewed novel. Set in Venice it's an elegiac love story between an aging American Colonel and a teenaged Italian countessa. Little about the relationship is convincing or interesting and his overuse of "true" to describe various things (breasts, martinis, American) is a little comic. The title comes from the last words of Stonewall Jackson.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684844640
Author:
Hemingway, Ernest
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Americans -- Italy -- Fiction.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Classic Edition
Series:
Scribner Classic
Publication Date:
April 1998
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 16.8 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A middle-aged American colonel, scarred by war and failing health, finds love with a young Italian countess at the very moment his life is becoming a physical hardship. Spanning only a matter of hours, this exquisite novel is tender, moving, and tragic. Set in Venice at the close of World War II, Hemingway's poignant and bittersweet story is now available in a beautiful Scribner Classics edition.

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