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Islands in the Stream

by Ernest Hemingway

Literary Fiction

Islands in the Stream Synopsis

Hemingway's last major novel, set in the Gulf Stream islands, captures the struggles of adult personal relationships in his consummate distinctive style.

This is the last book Hemingway wrote before he died, the story of Thomas Hudson, an artist and adventurer. Living a bachelor's life on an island in the Gulf Stream during the thirties, Hudson's existence is dictated by the waves and tides. But when his sons come to visit, Hudson must grapple with the role of father and the unfamiliar demands of family. A late work by one of America's greatest writers.

Islands in the Stream Press Reviews

Thomas Hudson, the painter in the book Islands in the Streamis Hemingway himself, attempting to come to terms with everything he loves - the clarity of a brushstroke, his three children, his ex-wives, his lovers, his whores, his friends, his cats, his rifle, his Booth's gin - Newsweek

This book contains some of the best of Hemingway's descriptions of nature: the waves breaking white and green on the reef off the coast of Cuba; the beauty of the morning on the deep water; the hermit crabs and land crabs and ghost crabs; a big barracuda stalking mullet; a heron flying with his white wings over the green water; the ibis and flamingoes and spoonbills, the last of these beautiful with the sharp rose of their color; the mosquitoes in clouds from the marshes; the water that curled and blew under the lash of the wind; the sculpture that the wind and sand had made of a piece of driftwood, gray and sanded and embedded in white, floury sand -- Edmund Wilson - Saturday Review

Many of the episodes contain the most exciting and effective writing Hemingway has ever done - Saturday Review

Hemingway's style is a superb vehicle for revealing tenderness of feeling beneath descriptions of brutality - Guardian

Hemingway's most deeply autobiographical piece of work - Irish Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781784872045
Publication date: 06/07/2017
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784872045
Publication date: 6th July 2017
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 464 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Collections: 60+ Novels to Bring You Back to Nature,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was born in Chicago in 1899, the second of six children. In 1917, he joined the Kansas City Star as a cub reporter. The following year, he volunteered as an ambulance driver on the Italian front, where he was badly wounded but decorated for his services. He returned to America in 1919, and married in 1921. In 1922, he reported on the Greco-Turkish war before resigning from journalism to devote himself to fiction. He settled in Paris, associating with other expatriates like Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. He was passionately involved with bullfighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing. Recognition of his position in ...

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