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Hunting with Hemingway.

Hemingway, Ernest.

Published by Riverhead Books, New York, 2001
ISBN 10: 1573221597 / ISBN 13: 9781573221597
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Title: Hunting with Hemingway.

Publisher: Riverhead Books, New York

Publication Date: 2001

Edition: First Printing of the First Edition


A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. This is the story of the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his brother Leicester who upon his death left a cassette tape of his recollections of adventures with his more famous brother. Some of these stories include hunting crocodiles, chasing wild ostriches, stalking a man-eating tiger, and searching for German U-Boats during WWII. Leicester's daughter has taken that tape as well as written manuscript pages and recontructed these events that shed new light on her father and his relationship with Ernest. Bookseller Inventory # 24587

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Synopsis: An amazing twist of a tale that will itself become part of the Hemingway legacy.

Fifteen years after the death of her father, Leicester, Hilary Hemingway received her curious inheritance--a cassette tape recorded on one of the many evenings he had held court around a campfire on their Miami Beach estate, telling tales of narrow escapes on hunting trips with his brother Ernest: hunting crocodile in the dark, chasing vicious wild ostrich, and stalking a tiger that, moments before, had carried off a safari guide. Ernest inspired his younger brother to feats of daring, always stepping in to save his life in the nick of time when Leicester's bravado outweighed his common sense.

In Hunting with Hemingway, Leicester Hemingway's larger-than-life stories are transcribed by his daughter, and, in alternating chapters, Hilary Hemingway describes her reaction to her father's outrageous exploits. Were the stories even true? she wondered. Delving into her family legacy, she and her young daughter set out on their own suspenseful adventure in search of an answer. As they uncover clues to the origin of the tape, Leicester Hemingway's stories, which she had never heard as a child, give her a new perspective on the father she had known and loved, and whose suicide she had never forgiven. Hunting with Hemingway reveals Leicester Hemingway as a master storyteller who holds his audience breathless. Following in the family tradition, with the help of her husband, Jeff Lindsay, his daughter takes us on a surprising journey of her own.

"You have to understand how it was...when Papa made up his mind to do a thing..." --Leicester Hemingway

Review: Hilary Hemingway's father, Leicester Hemingway, committed suicide in 1982, 21 years after his famous older brother, Ernest. In 1997, Hilary's mother died and left her a mysterious audiocassette of Leicester telling hunting stories at the family home in Miami Beach. Are the stories true? Interjections by Leicester's wife and a good friend suggest they are well-polished yarns, designed to deflect Ernest idolaters like the unnamed English professor whose nervous laugh and awkward questions punctuate the recording. Does it matter if they're true? "These stories are really good," says Hilary's 7-year-old daughter. "I even like them and I really hate hunting." Indeed, Leicester's suspenseful tales of stalking crocodiles, ostriches, and tigers with his adored big brother evoke the glamorous Hemingway world of men pitted against beasts as a test of courage and grace under pressure. Listening to the recording on her daughter's purple Barney tape player, the author rediscovers "the big, laughing man" who taught her "to enjoy whatever life might throw at me"; she then comes to terms with his suicide in the face of a debilitating illness. Skillfully interweaving her father's voice with her own reflections in her meditative text, the author reminds us that the Hemingway legacy is not just one of swaggering machismo, but of love for family and pleasure in the physical world. --Wendy Smith

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