* In Our Time (A book of short stories) * The Sun also Rises (“a gripping story, lean”) * Torrents of Spring * Lost Generation (about life in Paris in the early twenties) (“put very simply, focussed, make the story come alive”) * Gardens in the Stream * Islands in the Sun * Farewell to Arms
# Perhaps this book should be renamed ‘Bye Bye Guns’!
* Death (Passage?) in the Afternoon (about Spanish bull-fighting – matadors are heroes – grace in the face of death) * Snows of Kilimanjaro (Hemingway’s most famous short stories) * Green Hills of Africa * For Whom the Bell Tolls (about the Spanish Civil War) * Across the River * In the River??
And his classic work * The Old Man and the Sea
(“the epilogue of all my writing and what I have tried to live”) ‘Old Man’ was the pinnacle, the zenith of his life’s work.
“The writer’s gift (like Hemingway’s and Sadie Jones in her book Fallout) – like all great writers – is to leave us wanting so desperately to believe that the story will continue …without us, once the scenery has been cleared away.”
PS: This (endurance and persistence) also mirrors the themes of my personal journey and writings… though definitely without the quality of the “master writer”.
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”