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Across the River and into the Trees

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  5,226 Ratings  ·  333 Reviews
In the fall of 1948, Ernest Hemingway made his first extended visit to Italy in thirty years. His reacquaintance with Venice, a city he loved, provided the inspiration for Across the River and into the Trees, the story of Richard Cantwell, a war-ravaged American colonel stationed in Italy at the close of the Second World War, and his love for a young Italian countess. A po ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 15th 1998 by Scribner (first published 1950)
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Ed Boyle I read the Kindle version and according to the Intro it was finished in Key West or Cuba. My understanding is Hemmingway never completed a book in Key…moreI read the Kindle version and according to the Intro it was finished in Key West or Cuba. My understanding is Hemmingway never completed a book in Key West so I am thinking Cuba. Another reason to think that way is that the Kindle version Introduction is terrible with conflicting statements and very poor grammar indicating that when the book was converted something went wrong. Enjoy the book, I did and recommend it.(less)

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David Lentz
Sep 30, 2016 David Lentz rated it really liked it
When Hemingway wrote this novel, he may have known that his masterpieces were behind him. Although this novel is a lesser work, there are moments of tenderness, poignancy and power crafted in his trademark miminalist style that linger. The novel concerns a retired Army Colonel, who has fought in brutal combat, near the end of his life and is desperately in love with a much younger woman. To me the woman signified the Colonel's lost youth and the relationship may take on new meaning if one views ...more
Remember for me a three star book IS definitely worth reading.

I know Hemingway is not for everyone, but I like his writing style. I don't read his books for plot; I read them for the lines, for his ability to express complicated things simply and for his ability to capture the inherent differences between the sexes. Differences there are.

There are two principle characters in this novel - Colonel Richard Cantwell and his lover Renata. He is fifty-one. She is nineteen. He is masculine. He is bru
Nov 01, 2010 Louis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. But then again I read it in Verona Porta Nuova station after visiting Venice, waiting for a night train to Paris, in the rain, and I think this may well be the best book to read in Verona Porta Nuova station after visiting Venice, waiting for a night train to Paris, in the rain.
Uma classificação de três estrelas pode querer dizer muitas coisas diferentes. No caso deste livro, quer apenas dizer que isto não é o melhor que Hemingway tem para nos oferecer. Se, por azar, alguém um dia decidir enveredar pelo autor tendo como ponto de partida Na Outra Margem, Entre as Árvores, estou certo de que nunca mais o quererá ler na vida.

Agora, para um «cliente da casa», como é o caso, a análise é outra. Este livro não é mau, assim como, na minha suspeita opinião, nenhum livro de Hemi
Luís C.
Aug 05, 2016 Luís C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is the book’s locale—or “terrain,” in Hemingway parlance—which is so appealing. I’m talking about Venice, the Gritti Palace Hotel, and Harry’s Bar. In Across the River, Hemingway described these places referentially. As a backdrop, they are wonderful. The problem is the novel itself…the narration, the dialogue, and the story, such as it is. Across the River is Hemingway’s response to World War II and to where he found himself, half a century old, in the war’s aftermath.

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Daniel Villines
Dec 18, 2014 Daniel Villines rated it liked it
Second Reading: December 2014

Yes, this book is not very good: probably two stars at best. And within the context of itself, that is all it's worth. But I found more to this book within the context of what I've come to know about Hemingway, which is just enough to be a danger to my own integrity.

By 1950, at the time of Across the River's publication, Hemingway had lived a hard life. He sustained injuries during his participation in three wars and he routinely abused himself through his excessive
Jul 31, 2009 Bart rated it did not like it
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mai ahmd
Jan 09, 2012 mai ahmd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
الرواية تدور حول كولونيل عائد من الحرب إلى مدينته الصغيرة يحاول أن يشغل نفسه بصيد البط , يلاحظ أن المراكبي يتعامل معه بعدائية , يقيم علاقة مع فتاة صغيرة السن بينما هو تعدى الخمسين عاما الرواية يغلب عليها الطابع الحواري بين الكولونيل مع المراكبي , سائق التاكسي , الفتاة العاشقة , اصدقاءه الذين بقوا على قيد الحياة
ورفاقه في منظمة وهمية
همنغواي كتب آراءه السياسية ونظرته تجاه الحرب والحياة والحب من خلال هذا الكولونيل
طوال الرواية وأنا أشعر بالملل من الحديث عن الحرب والسياسة والألمان والنمساويين
لم أحب
K.M. Weiland
Jan 14, 2014 K.M. Weiland rated it really liked it
There's something about this book. On the one hand, it definitely suffers from all the problems that other reviewers have mentioned. It's pretty lightweight in the plot department, the dialogue is droningly repetitious at times (as Hemingway's dialogue often is), and you can't help but feel (as one often does while reading Hemingway) that the author is up on his personal soapbox, foaming away. But there's still a lot of "stuff" in this book. Aside from the obvious portraits of May/December roman ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Kathy rated it did not like it
Shelves: italy, read-in-2012, yanks
'What did you do in the war, Daddy?'
'I was a pervy old man who wanted to sleep with young girls.'

I suppose if I were a man having a midlife crisis, I might have enjoyed this book. I don't know who else would. Jeremy Clarkson, perhaps?

It's after the war. An American soldier in his fifties checks in to a hotel in Venice. He goes out to dinner with a nineteen-year-old girl. Next morning they have breakfast and go shopping. He checks out of the hotel. He goes and shoots a few ducks. He dies.

That's i
Feb 03, 2008 Sonic rated it did not like it
the worst hemingway i have ever read.
Luke Marsden
Jan 10, 2015 Luke Marsden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
This is a novel full of beauty laced with melancholy. It is, fittingly, set in Venice, itself an ancient and beautiful city that is slowly sinking into the sea. In part, it is a lament about the impossibility of going back to your youth once it is gone, but it is also a lesson in savouring what you have, a tribute to experience, and about knowing how to appreciate life in all its infinite subtlety. Cantwell is a WWII veteran who, knowing that he has not long left to live, has made his peace with ...more
Jul 11, 2016 Ahmed rated it really liked it

عبر النهر ونحو الأشجار…..إرنست هيمنجواي

هيمنجواي مهووس بالحرب وآثارها على البشروالتغيرات الكبيرة التي تحدثها في حياتهم،فدائما الحرب محورمن محاور رواياته،ويبدع في تصوير فترات ما بعد الحرب،وحتى إذا كتب في فترة الحرب نفسها يختار زاوية غير مطروقة يكون هو رائد في تناولها.

المهم أن الرواية عن كولونيول معقد بأهوال حروب خاضها وتعرضه للهلاك أكثر من مرة ليخرج بعد كل ذلك بشخصية غريبة معقدة تمتلك من التناقضات العديدة أهلته أن يقع في غرام فاتنة تصغره بأعوام عديدة،وهي بادلته العشق بكل جوانحها.

رومانسية هيمنجواي
Nov 24, 2007 Bruce rated it it was ok
Probably Hemingways's weakest novel.
Célia Loureiro
Opinião: Há aquela lista de escritores incontornável para qualquer pessoa que goste de ler. E o Hemingway encontra-se entre eles. Só lendo ficamos a conhecer os motivos pelos quais algum autor é elogiado, mas de vez em quando também se dá o caso de não compreender de todo o frufru em torno de determinada obra literária/criador literário. Li-o como se jamais alguém tivesse dito que ele é um dos maiores escritores do nosso tempo, o que por vezes pode confundir-se com procurar-lhe defeitos. De iníc ...more
Asghar Abbas
May 12, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Simple IS genius. No one does the Iceberg Theory better than Hemingway himself, whatever that is. Hemingway penned this book in his usual minimalist style ……and it was panned by the critics and readers alike upon its initial release. After being snubbed by everyone, Hemingway returned in full form with the Old Man and the Sea, which won the Nobel Prize for fiction. But I luhv luhv this book. (Or I pretend to)

Strangely enough, it reminds me of the vastly underrated Mario Puzo’s infinitely more su
Robert Lashley
May 24, 2011 Robert Lashley rated it did not like it
Across The River and Through The Trees, Ernest Hemingway’s fifth novel, was published to a perfect storm of critical derision ( and Justly so). To a generation haunted by war, Hemingway created a colonel who bragged of killing 122. To an era still traumatized by Hiroshima and Dresden, he wrote of war in scenery flowery enough to be obscene. To a culture grappling with the experiences of blacks and Jews, he name checked a confederate general and forgot one of the most significant reasons World Wa ...more
Tony Taylor
Jan 13, 2010 Tony Taylor rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Don't bother
I read most of this fictional story about an American colonel in Venice shortly after WWII, but after a time the dialog was too boring, so I decided to read the last two pages and put it down. As it turned out upon reading the end, the story concluded on a very predictable path.

I would not say that this was one of Hemingway's better novels. By the way, this book was published in 1950, not in 1920 as is shown on the goodreads resource site.
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An American colonel is visiting the Adriatic coast shortly after World War II. He has much to think about, including a young Italian woman named Renata.
Oct 13, 2016 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hemingway
Starting in the 1930s, through the 1940s and into the early 1950s, the critics turned a bit on Hemingway. They perpetuated the sense that, as an artist, he was often unsuccessfully struggling to match the quality of his earliest works—that he “may have slipped slightly south of genius” as one reviewer wrote. While For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) and The Old Man and the Sea (1952) garnered praise, other published works like two of his non-fiction pieces—Death in the Afternoon (1932) and The Green ...more
Jul 05, 2007 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much like Islands in the Stream, Across the River and into the Trees is one of Hemingway’s later books that just doesn’t quite pass muster. There are kernels of quality sporadically peppered throughout the story but it just cannot compare with his earlier works. The story itself centers around an old soldier named Richard Cantwell right after (or possibly during) the capitulation of Germany near the end of World War II. Richard’s fighting days are over, and with a failing heart he returns to his ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES is a love story, Hemingway style. A battered old Colonel, dying from heart disease, and a nineteen year old Venetian Countess.The story is written in Hemingway's trademark style - sparse dialogue, with much left unspoken, and deceptively simple, yet labyrinthine, sentences. The book begins with the main character - fifty year old Colonel Richard Cantwell - duck hunting on a cold winter morning in Trieste. I mention the Colonel's age here as mortality and the r ...more
Tim Miller
Nov 25, 2011 Tim Miller rated it it was amazing
Hemingway masterfully uses dialog and character interaction to tell this story. 'Across the River and Into the Trees' is about a somewhat estranged US Army Colonel who spends the last three days of his life in Venice, Italy. The aging veteran of two World Wars knows his end is very near, so he visits his 19-year-old paramour and his friends in the city of canals, gondolas, and such. The Colonel's interactions with other characters, ghostly memories of his demotion from the rank of General, and a ...more
Francesco Fantuzzi
Leggere è come fare l'esperienza del viaggio, e il viaggio è spesso rivivere attraverso il ricordo. Ecco, l'esperienza della lettura di questo romanzo è stata per me l'esperienza del rivivere un ricordo. Non saprei spiegare il perché. Forse il fatto che si citino così spesso i luoghi della mia infanzia e adolescenza, i luoghi che tuttora sento più miei, paesi, fiumi... ma anche senzazioni, profumi, immagini che sono impresse nella mia anima con i colori più indelebili. Forse sarà quello sfondo p ...more
Estermann Meyer
Feb 01, 2012 Estermann Meyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Death is a lot of shit, he thought. It comes to you in
small fragments that hardly show where it has entered. It
comes, sometimes, atrociously. It can come from unboiled
water; an un-pulled-up mosquito boot, or it can come with
the great, white-hot, clanging roar we have lived with. It
comes in small cracking whispers that precede the noise of
the automatic weapon. It can come with the smoke-emitting
arc of the grenade, or the sharp, cracking drop of the
I have seen it come, loosening itself
Richard Wise
Jul 26, 2015 Richard Wise rated it it was ok
Shelves: literary-fiction

Hemingway began writing this book after he returned from WW II. He was 48 years old. He should have been at the height, as the reviewers say, of his literary powers, but he was not. By this time, his alcoholism, a problem that he had once had under control, now controlled him.To use his own phrase, he was "all washed up."

In the preceding 25 or so years he had done battle with some of the giants of literature and bested them all. He wrote three great books---the third surely his best---and had be
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
A Strange novel from Hemingway. And for me who loves Ernest Hemingway, Across the River and into the Treeswas a huge disappointment. The Colonel and his one true and last love, Renata, were unlikable characters.

Surprisingly, the dialogue was awful. Papa usually excels in dialogue. The "I love you's" drove me insane. True to his quote, there was more than enough weather in Across the River and into the Trees, but no visible plot. And I'm not crazy about novels with no plot and full of unlikable
Daniel Traner
Jan 23, 2012 Daniel Traner rated it it was ok
Far from the best of Hemingway. This book may represent in an even greater fashion than that of 'A Farewell to Arms' Hems atrocious ability to write a female character. As usual, only the compulsive repetition of limited key words are capable to escaping his ladies, in this case the words being true, truly, and rough. How two people could have a love supposed to seem so pure, so complete that is based only around Hemingway acknowledging his boredom with self throughout the story and misogynistic ...more
There was something about this one that reeked of an inferior version of A Farewell to Arms. Definitely not his best work.
Oct 13, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, kobo, 2016
"Gondolas are strictly for tourists and for lovers"...and yet, while being party to both, I cannot bring myself to take the bait.

Sorry, Papa.

Now where can I hunt some ducks?
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collec ...more
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