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Alexander Adams,Ernest Hemingway
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Home Ernest Hemingway Islands in the Stream. Islands in the Stream. The Nick Adams Stories. The Old Man and the Sea. Across the River and Into the Trees.

Home Ernest Hemingway Islands in the Stream. 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.

by Ernest Hemingway (Author), Alexander Adams (Narrator)

by Ernest Hemingway (Author), Alexander Adams (Narrator). The middle section of the book certainly has some good description and some realistic conversation, but overall it is one running conversation after another, mostly in the context of a bar where Hudson and his companions (who come and go) are drinking heavily, about very little of any importance.

Islands in the Stream (1970) is the first of the posthumously published works of Ernest Hemingway. He began writing it in 1950 and advanced greatly through 1951. The work, rough but seemingly finished, was found by Mary Hemingway among 332 works Hemingway left behind at his death.

Islands in the Stream book. First published in 1970, nine years after Ernest Hemingway's death, Islands in the Stream is the story of an artist and adventurer - a man much like Hemingway himself.

Islands in the Stream. Authors: Ernest Hemingway. Claim the "Islands in the Stream. Books by same authors: The Nick Adams Stories. 8, 10.


THE Nick Adams STORIES By ERNEST HEMINGWAY PREFACE BY PHILIP YOUNG SCRIBNER New York London Toronto Sydney 1972 The Ernest Hemingway Foundation 1972 Charles Scribner’s. The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War.

Ernest Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream (c1951, 1970) was published posthumously and was expurgated by Hemingway’s wife. A note in the preface states that she removed certain portions of the book which she felt certain that Hemingway would have eliminated himself (which begs the question: Why did he include them in the first place?). That aside, the story is interesting and is much like his later works, such as (1946-61, 1986)

Divided into three parts, Islands in the Stream is Hemingway's last work, originally published posthumously in 1970 .

Divided into three parts, Islands in the Stream is Hemingway's last work, originally published posthumously in 1970, nine years after his death. Thomas Hudson is an artist and adventurer. In the 1930s, Hudson is living in the Bimini Islands in the Gulf Stream. Separated from his sons for most of the year by their controlling mother, Hudson lives a life carved out by the rolling waves of the sea and the currents of the tide. Drawing on Hemingway's own experiences, Islands in the Stream combines one of his most complex and troubled characters with his most exquisite descriptions of nature, in a novel rich in both reflection and action.

Published posthumously, this story follows the adventures of Thomas Hudson, who establishes himself as an artist in the tropics, until he is called to serve in World War II by destroying submarines off the coast of Cuba.
  • Mr.Champions
Not Hemingway's best, but still Hemingway. I highly recommend reading along with Bruce Greenwood on the audio version. And finally, read "The Old Man and the Sea" immediately after you finish. It really is the last chapter of this book that was split off as a novella and won the Nobel prize. Once you realize that the "old man" IS Thomas Hudson, both books take on an entirely new meaning. Especially with the chapter about Hudson's son reeling in the lost fish in "Islands" as compared to Hudsons fight with the Marlin in "Old Man". It may ramble a bit in parts, but there is some true genius within. Trust me on this.
  • Cashoutmaster
Beware posthumous novels. There's an old adage I just invented. Not because I didn't like "Islands in the Stream" but because sometimes they are not published in the author's lifetime for a reason. In this case, it was probably because Hemingway decided to turn one act of "Islands in the Stream" into a novella called "The Old Man and the Sea," which went on to become one of best-respected fictional works in the English language, winning both the Pulizter and Nobel Prizes. But I'm getting ahead of myself here.

"Islands" is a three-act novel about a famous painter named Thomas Hudson, who lives in Bimini in the 1930s. Hudson has sophomoric, typically Hemingway-esque adventures with his rough-and-tumble expat pals when not at the canvas, but lives for the summers he gets to spend with his three children. This first act centers largely around a fishing expedition he takes with his kids, and one can see why he never published it, since it clearly inspired him to write "The Old Man and the Sea" and in any case was very similar in tone and feeling to parts of "To Have and Have Not." In the second act it is now the 1940s and the middle of WW2, and Hudson lives in Cuba, drinking heavily to cope with personal tragedy and spending all of his free time at bars and whorehouses with various colorful characters you will readily recognize if you've ever read Hemingway before. We discover that when he is not drinking or fornicating he patrols the sea lanes off Cuba, looking for U-boats at the behest of the U.S. government. The final act, immediately following the second, is a long chase sequence, similar in some ways to the fishing sequence, except that Hudson is relentlessly hunting the survivors of a sunken U-boat who are trying to get to a friendly port in a stolen skiff.

In some ways, "Islands" is more readable than most of Hemingway's novels, for the simple reason that, divided into three distinct acts, it is more like three short novellas (or very long short stories) than an actual book, and I have always found Hemingway far more digestible as a short story writer than a novelist. All of his strengths are manifested in these acts: his subversive sense of humor, his punchy yet profound observations about life, his terrifying and sometimes disgusting emotional honesty, and the simple beauty with which he describes nature and man's interaction with it. On the other hand, the book is also a showcase of his weaknesses. Hemingway's characters are all the same - emotionally blunted, psychologically shallow, sophomoric in their habits, hard-drinking, and sexually amoral. In short, they are often easy to despise and nearly impossible to root for. His dialogue is all the same too, varying between that punchy, highly realistic style that rightly made him famous, and the relentlessly trivial, relentlessly facetious, rigidly stylized patter that ruined some of his better works. Most writers who sit down to compose a novel have an overriding desire to tell a story or say something about life, but if you've read one Hemingway novel, you already know what story you're going to be told and how he feels about life, so reading the others is largely an exercise in curiosity or admiration -- curiosity about HOW he will tell the same essential story (the hero destroyed but not necessarily defeated), and an admiration for the technique he uses to tell it. I admit to having this curiosity and this admiration, though I am frequently exasperated by the unvarying sameness of his characters and the brutal life lessons they endure with such inner turmoil and such outward indifference. This is by no means his finest book, but the first and third acts, though overly familiar if you've read his other works, are full of all the things that made Hemingway great when he was great.
  • Zeueli
This is a very engaging and moving book every line full of Hemingway's intelligence and truth as he tells the tragic tale of Thomas Hudson. The description of nature is at all times compelling.... I was particularly surprised by several pages on the cat Boise. But there are wonderful moments throughout: the fishing scenes with Hudson's sons, the love scene with his former wife, the hunt for the German sailors. It's Hemingway, what more is there to say???
  • Xinetan
My favorite Hemmingway book. His way of drawing you in by simple descriptions and dialogue of characters paints a picture like an artist of the feel, the sounds and the smell of that place and time period. He draws you in with the simple interactions of the main character with his kids, their summer vacation and fishing trips. He makes you care deeply for them and his situation and then pulls the rug out from under you right when he had woven a warm tapestry of love and longing for his boys. Then the book changes tone and he is a Nazi U Boat chaser off of Cuba and his life has changed because of lost loves and lives in his family. He is a different man with a mission and he is a force to be reckoned with. I got the feeling that underneath this story was the actual Hemmingway doing an autobiography, but I looked up his life and what happened to the main character didn't happen to him, except maybe the Sub chasing in Cuba. I would recommend this book to everyone, but be ready to not be able to put it down.
  • Porgisk
Have to be completely honest here. Not one of Hemingway's better novels. No real story here except for vignettes of his time in various locales , tied loosely by a character set in different times. I bought the book because a great uncle of mine in real life gets name-checked in one of his recollections. It adds realism to the overall narrative I guess. Papa H was a better writer than this.
  • Villo
'Islands in the Stream' was the first Hemingway novel I had read as an adult (I had only read 'The Old Man and the Sea' as an teenager back in high school). I'd already published my own novel and a poetry collection before rediscovering Hemingway, and I can say now, with confidence, that this book has changed things completely for me. It has inspired me and liberated me and the way that I write fiction. 'Wild Apples' by Henry David Thoreau is my favorite thing to read, but 'Islands of the Stream' has now quickly and utterly become my favorite piece of fiction. I won't spoil anything or get into the plot and such. You can get a taste of what it's about by reading the blurb.
What I will say is that if you have an interest in good honest prose, then read this. And read whatever else you can of Ernest Hemingway's.