Across the River and Into the Trees

Across the River and Into the Trees

Paperback - 1996
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HEMINGWAY'S POIGNANT TALE OF A LOVE FOUND TOO LATE
Set in Venice at the close of World War II, Across the River and into the Trees is the bittersweet story of a middle-aged American colonel, scarred by war and in failing health, who finds love with a young Italian countess at the very moment when his life is becoming a physical hardship to him. It is a love so overpowering and spontaneous that it revitalizes the man's spirit and encourages him to dream of a future, even though he knows that there can be no hope for long. Spanning a matter of hours, Across the River and into the Trees is tender and moving, yet tragic in the inexorable shadow of what must come.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1996, c1978.
Edition: 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed. --
ISBN: 9780684825533
0684825538
Branch Call Number: FIC Hemin
Characteristics: 283 p.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 15, 2014

Hemingway continues to be both an iconic and a problematic author. Anyone who cares about American fiction needs to read him and his influence is inescapable, as is his larger than life persona. But is he as great as his reputation? No, but, then again, nobody really could be. The knee-jerk complaint against him is that he's sexist, but, to be fair, none of his characters are really three dimensional. And for all his vaunted realism, there's a sentimental, slightly phony streak that runs through his work and is especially evident in his penultimate and worst reviewed novel. Set in Venice it's an elegiac love story between an aging American Colonel and a teenaged Italian countessa. Little about the relationship is convincing or interesting and his overuse of "true" to describe various things (breasts, martinis, American) is a little comic. The title comes from the last words of Stonewall Jackson.

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