The Dangerous Summer

The Dangerous Summer

Book - 1960
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The Dangerous Summer is Hemingway's firsthand chronicle of a brutal season of bullfights. In this vivid account, Hemingway captures the exhausting pace and pressure of the season, the camaraderie and pride of the matadors, and the mortal drama as in fight after fight the rival matadors try to outdo each other with ever more daring performances. At the same time Hemingway offers an often complex and deeply personal self-portrait that reveals much about one of the twentieth century's preeminent writers.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [1960]
Edition: 1st Scribner trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780684837895
Characteristics: vii, 228 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm


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Jul 30, 2014

The more I read of Hemingway, the less I like him. For such an iconic American writer, he rarely wrote about America (the Nick Adams stories are a notable exception) and most of his best-known books are set in Europe or the Caribbean. Begun as an article for Life, this is a kind of sequel to his earlier bullfighting book, "Death in the Afternoon." Set in Spain, it's both autobiographical and journalistic, covering a bullfighting season that was marked by a heated rivalry between two matadors. I know nothing about bullfighting and don't feel I came away from this book knowing much more, although Hemingway clearly thinks he knows a lot about the subject. The writing is dull and flat and nobody really emerges as an interesting character, Hemingway included. Though it was written shortly before he killed himself, it wasn't published until 1985 and so I guess you cut it some slack since he didn't have the final say on the manuscript. Introduction by James Michener. My favorite book on bullfighting remains "Ferdinand the Bull."


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