True At First Light by Ernest Hemingway
This book (part-memoir, part-fiction) has some glimpses of good writing in it, but could have used a few more rewrites. That said, it is based on Hemingway’s ‘Africa manuscript’ and was published 38 years after Hemingway’s death by his son, who edited the final product. There is another edition of the manuscript entitled Under Kilimanjaro (published in 2005 by different editors) which won a literary prize.
The book gives a good impression of life on the African plain, and the blood lust (and arrogance) that European-born hunters felt when on safari during the mid-20th century. The prose wanders and is long-winded at times, but does enough to maintain interest.
Whether Ernest Hemingway would have approved of its publication is up for debate.
Ernest Hemingway Writing at Campsite in Kenya
The Royal Irish Rifles in a communications trench on the first day on the Somme, July 1, 1916.
from Wikimedia Commons.
The library will have displayed a World War I showcase through the rest of the summer. Our colleague, Annie Quinto, has generously given permission to let us show some of her grandfather’s memorabilia that he had from his time of service in this war. Display is located to the right of the circulation desk.
Link here to The Atlantic’s photo essay series by Alan Taylor.
Link here to CNN’s article about language and WWI by Jonathan Lighter.
This book won the Pulitzer Prize this year and seems to be on everyone’s ‘To Read’ list. The Washington Post’s book critic called it ‘disappointing.’ Do you agree?
Do American readers have a ‘lemming complex’ when it comes to reading certain books? Do you feel like you must read The Goldfinch?
Fair warning: this book has a waiting list at the library. Book club readers who have already read it and own it may consider donating their copy to the library.
The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
link here for full text version
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The Bodleian Library offers a digital facsimile online of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Read the book here.
After his death in 1616, Shakespeare’s friends and fellow actors produced a collection of his plays, which was known as the First Folio (read more here.)
Read more about the Bodleian here