True at First Light: A Fictional Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 25, 2002 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Both a revealing self-portrait and dramatic fictional chronicle of his final African safari, Ernest Hemingway's last unpublished work was written when he returned from Kenya in 1953. Edited by his son Patrick, who accompanied his father on the safari, True at First Light offers rare insights into the legendary American writer.

A blend of autobiography and fiction, the book opens on the day his close friend Pop, a celebrated hunter, leaves Ernest in charge of the safari camp and news arrives of a potential attack from a hostile tribe. Drama continues to build as his wife, Mary, pursues the great black-maned lion that has become her obsession, and Ernest becomes involved with a young African girl whom he supposedly plans to take as a second bride. Increasingly enchanted by the local African community, he struggles between the attraction of these two women and the wildly different cultures they represent. Spicing his depictions of human longings with sharp humor, Hemingway captures the excitement of big-game hunting and the unparallel beauty of the landscape. Rich in laughter, beauty and profound insight. True at First Light is an extraordinary publishing event -- a breathtaking final work from one of our most beloved and important writers.
 

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True At First Light : A Fictional Memoir Of His Last African Safari

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Hemingway's alleged last novel is a "fictional memoir" of an African safari undertaken in 1953. Its publication has sparked controversy, but what most critics fail to grasp is that this book, left ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
42
Section 3
65
Section 4
76
Section 5
101
Section 6
118
Section 7
132
Section 8
155
Section 12
218
Section 13
235
Section 14
246
Section 15
263
Section 16
267
Section 17
273
Section 18
284
Section 19
300

Section 9
175
Section 10
187
Section 11
201
Section 20
310
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Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.

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