Synopses & Reviews
His second major venture into nonfiction (after andlt;Iandgt;Death in the Afternoon,andlt;/Iandgt; 1932), andlt;Iandgt;Green Hills of Africaandlt;/Iandgt; is Ernest Hemingway's lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa, where he and his wife Pauline journeyed in December of 1933. Hemingway's well-known interest in -- and fascination with -- big-game hunting is magnificently captured in this evocative account of his trip. In examining the poetic grace of the chase, and the ferocity of the kill, Hemingway also looks inward, seeking to explain the lure of the hunt and the primal undercurrent that comes alive on the plains of Africa. Yet andlt;Iandgt;Green Hills of Africaandlt;/Iandgt; is also an impassioned portrait of the glory of the African landscape, and of the beauty of a wilderness that was, even then, being threatened by the incursions of man. andlt;BRandgt; Hemingway's rich description of the beauty and strangeness of the land and his passion for the sport of hunting combine to give andlt;Iandgt;Green Hills of Africaandlt;/Iandgt; the freshness and immediacy of a deeply felt personal experience that is the hallmark of the greatest travel writing.
Hemingway's first venture into nonfiction, Green Hills of Africa chronicles his adventures on safari in the early 1930s and brings to life the beauty of the wilderness that was, even then, threatened by the incursion of man. Woodcuts, scattered throughout the book, add another dimension to this view of the hard-edged, rugged world of wild Africa.
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.