Ernest Hemingway: The Life and the Legend

Richard B. Lyttle, Author Atheneum Books $15.95 (212p) ISBN 978-0-689-31670-8
On a fishing trip at age three, Ernie snagged the biggest catch--perhaps even then recognizing the power of a good ``fish story.'' The adult Ernest wrote of various pursuits during his itinerant experience in Italy, China, Paris and Cuba. His ``tough guy'' life--evidenced by a lifelong penchant for bullfights, womanizing and African safaris--assumed epic proportions through his writings. In line with current adult Hemingway biographies, Lyttle attempts to tame the legend and reveal the real man to a young audience. The book succeeds in its thoroughness and approachable style; it fails as a compelling story because of overwhelming details. Lyttle's spare, reportorial prose (reminiscent of Hemingway's own) sprays out events like a machine gun. Too many characters, places and literary works--along with repetitious mention of injuries, recurring colds and dark moods--prove confusing. However, the book serves as a meticulous overview of an extraordinary life. Ages 12-up. (Apr)
Reviewed on: 03/30/1992
Release date: 04/01/1992
Genre: Children's
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