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eBook With Hemingway: A Year in Key West and Cuba ePub

by Arnold Samuelson

  • ISBN: 0394539834
  • Category: United States
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Arnold Samuelson
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; 1st edition (October 1, 1984)
  • Pages: 183
  • ePub book: 1212 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1121 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 906

Description

In the spring of 1934 an adventurous twenty-two-year-old aspiring writer, Arnold Samuelson, hitchhiked from Minneapolis to Key West to meet Ernest.

Samuelson spent a year with Subtitle: A Year in Key West and Cuba

Hemingway (left) and Samuelson fishing and talking in Key West. With Hemingway: A Year in Key West and Cuba brims with the celebrated writer’s wisdom on literature, life, and the creative experience.

Samuelson, Arnold, 1912-1981.

Arnold Samuelson went back the next afternoon and found Hemingway . With Hemingway: A Year in Key West and Cuba

Author:Samuelson, Arnold.

Arnold Samuelson was a 22-year-old aspiring writer during the Great . It was eventually published as With Hemingway: A Year in Key West and Cuba and it offers a plethora of writing advice from the famous author.

Book is crisp and clean with light bumping to lower .

He then gave Samuelson a list of books to read, detailed in Samuelson's memoir "With Hemingway: A Year in Key West and Cuba.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, Death in the Afternoon WITH HEMINGWAY: A YEAR IN KEY WEST AND CUBA begins with an importuning knock at the front door of 907 Whitehead Street

This recently discovered narrative recounts the author's year, 1934-1935, with Ernest Hemingway in Key West and of the life he, the Hemingways, and their visitors led during that year

Comments

betelgeuze betelgeuze
My favorite account of Ernest Hemingway ... written by a fledgling writer, Arnold Samuelson, who signed on as a deckhand on Hemingway's private boat, Pilar, in Key West and Cuba, to learn the secrets of one of America's greatest outdoorsmen and writers, Ernest Hemingway ... tales of great fishing, and Hemingway shares some of his writing secrets to this young deck hand...

I have given several copies of this book to friends, who continue to pass it on to other readers ... all seem to marvel at its descriptive writing style ... I keep a copy on my bookshelf ... a great read ...
Broadraven Broadraven
If you desire to become a writer then buy it. You'll never be sorry. It has more pithy and workable wisdom than most ballyhooed gurus.
GAMER GAMER
There are some gems in here, when EH overtly gives Samuelson tips on writing, but most of this book is about fishing in either Key West or Cuba. Not entirely a bad thing, just not as heavy in the teacher-protégé relationship as you might think.
Vijora Vijora
Very complete information about Hemmingway's life , his good & bad days. It takes you by the hand to Cuba , Florida Keys and the Gulf.
Stick Stick
Essential for anyone who wants to try to understand Hemingway.
Mr.jeka Mr.jeka
One of the best books on EH. Filled with insights that explains many names , places, and events in his stories.
Munimand Munimand
It's getting so I don't bother reviewing any more but this book was so singular I felt it deserved notice. I've read all of Hemingway, Baker's biographies, Hem's collected letters and this book deserves a place among those references. I wasn't expecting much from a gee-whiz farm kid from Minnesota who was kind of a drifter but Samuelson wrote well and seemed to have an almost eidetic memory. This is the most concentrated explanation of how Hemingway optimized his work habits and marketed his stuff that I can remember reading.

Samuelson had the egalitarian outlook of a northern midwestern native and I think he was put off by how many of the wealthy characters behaved, and by how hedonistic the Hemingway household seemed to be, with a large (black) staff and no attention whatsoever to childraising. The way Ernest spoke to a black deckhand offended me too---that aspect of his persona is not well documented. And yet Ernest and Pauline could be kind to their staff and exercise great forbearance.

There was no creature that flew, swam or walked that Ernest didn't lust to kill and I think this got under Samuelson's skin eventually. Samuelson met some real characters, especially in Cuba, and at times his prose is so like Hemingway's it's uncanny. I suppose this was to be expected in an acolyte. A valuable account of a period and milieu of American and Caribbean history that is fading into the mists of time.
I read WITH HEMINGWAY not because I was interested in Hemingway (I am, but mildly so), but because my father was from Key West, I have many happy childhood memories there, am returning for a brief trip in the near future, and wanted to immerse myself in its historical milieu. Little of the book is actually about life in Key West, but it is nevertheless a superb read, because author Arnold Samuelson is a skilled storyteller.

An aspiring writer as a young man, Samuelson had wanted to meet the great Hemingway, and certainly didn't expect that Hemingway would feel fatherly toward him, taking him on as an employee on his boat, the Pilar, and mentoring him as a writer. The result is a compelling narrative of his year with Hemingway, brimming with personal reflections about the man and their experience fishing together.

The surprise for me, since I have no interest in fishing, is that some of the fishing episodes were so well written and emotionally compelling that I read some of then twice. What stands out most in this regard is the day the crew encountered literally thousands of dolphins leaping in the water around them:

"At the top of their jump they appeared to be suspended motionless in midair, heads erect, hanging from an invisible line, before they turned and went down. Then hundreds of them began taking long, horizontal leaps and the air was filled with them, in the distance looking like a flock of birds flying low over the water, swooping down, coming up and diving again."

At least as rich an experience as reading the fishing episodes is the advice Hemingway gave Samuelson about writing - a goldmine of at least ten pages which, as a writer myself, I copied word for word into my writing journal. Some tidbits from Hemingway:

"When you first start to write you get all the kick and the reader gets none, but after you learn to work it's your object to convey everything to the reader so that he remember it is not a story he had read but something that happened to himself. That's the true test of writing. When you can do that, the reader gets the kick and you don't get any."

"The most important thing I've learned about writing is never write too much at a time.... Never pump yourself dry. Leave a little for the next day. The main thing is to know when to stop."

WITH HEMINGWAY is long out of print, little known, and well worth your time. Don't miss it!