True at First Light

Ernest Hemingway, Author, Harvey Penick, Author, Brian Dennehy, Read by Audioworks $45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-04448-0
Who wants to go on an 11-hour audio safari with an aging, ego-bloated Hemingway? That's the immediate drawback to listening to this posthumous memoir-turned-novel (edited into its current form by the legendary author's son Patrick). If anyone is capable of breathing life into Hemingway's late tale of big-game hunting with his wife in East Africa, however, it is Dennehy, one of the finest narrators in the spoken-audio field. Here he works to convey the essential nature of Hemingway's character; he contrasts the sparse elegance of Hemingway's descriptive prose style against the more swaggering posture of his ever-present pride. By the time Hemingway wrote this book, he was well aware of his celebrity, his aura, his powers--was able to flatly say, ""I love command."" Dennehy plays up this self-conscious quality, offering it as a portrait of the author's psyche. It's that sense of performance that makes this audio adaptation spark to life. Based on the 1999 Scribner hardcover. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/28/1999
Release date: 07/01/1999
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-0-684-84921-8
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Hardcover - 527 pages - 978-0-684-86448-8
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-19943-8
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7927-2464-3
Compact Disc - 978-0-7435-6446-5
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7927-2931-0
Ebook - 320 pages - 978-0-7432-4176-2
Paperback - 416 pages - 978-0-7432-0372-2
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-0-09-928212-9
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