Hemingway's Spain

Barnaby Conrad, Author, Chronicle Books, Author, Loomis Dean, Photographer
Barnaby Conrad, Author, Chronicle Books, Author, Loomis Dean, Photographer Chronicle Books $18.95 (159p) ISBN 978-0-87701-547-5
Reviewed on: 10/01/1989
Release date: 10/01/1989
``With Hemingway, if you didn't like Spain there wasn't much else he wanted to talk to you about,'' writes Conrad ( Matador ), and though it is undoubtedly odd to tell of Hemingway's fascination with things Spanish in a coffee-table ``lifestyle'' book, this glossy bastardization of roughshod machismo is, considering the limits of the genre, reasonably informative. We learn a smidgen of bullfighting and Spanish history, as well as Hemingway's attachment to each. But the novelist's well-known enthusiasm for violence is rarely evident in Dean's overly luscious pictures. The photographer's portraits and landscapes demurely avoid the rituals of death to champion the cause of a more wholesome national vitality. Commercial and ploddingly banal, even in shots of the rough-and-tumble of man and bull, Conrad and Dean's version of the Iberian peninsula has little bearing on Hemingway's. (Dec.)
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