I’ve been addicted to Hemingway for the past few weeks and the addiction has been so gripping that each night I’ll tell my husband, “I’m going to bed with Hemingway now.”
Fortunately for me, my husband understands me and loves me in spite of my addiction.
I recently read “Islands in the Stream”. Ernest was so very talented at painting an entire scene in one or two sentences that he often had me standing there with him on the sandy beach, holding that icy drink in my hand and suffering over the loss of three sons.
Never has suffering been so beautiful!
The problem for me is this — it’s been a stormy love/hate relationship with Hemingway and me. On one hand it’s wonderful writing and I love him, but on the other I haven’t found one story with an upbeat ending, not that I feel like everything I read has to have a good ending, but I love to read one now and then.
If you know of a Hemingway novel, novella or short story with a happy ending, PLEASE respond with the name of the story and I’ll run out and get it!
By the way, I absolutely loved “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”. If you’ve read that story, please tell me your thoughts on the ending. Was his death an accident?
Personally, I think not!
© 2010 Christina Moss