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Green Hills of Africa

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  5,269 ratings  ·  319 reviews
'I remember seeing the lion looking yellow and heavy-headed and enormous against a scrubby-looking tree in a patch of orchard bush and P. O. M. kneeling to shoot him. Then there was the short-barrelled explosion of the Mannlicher and the lion was going to the left on a run, a strange, heavy-shouldered, foot-swinging cat run. I hit him with the Springfield and he went down. ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published 2004 by Arrow Books (first published January 1st 1930)
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Jason Koivu
The machismo is thick and pungent in Green Hills of Africa, Hemingway's autobiographical account of a hunting trip in Africa. At times it felt like the verbalization of this...

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It is one part self-glorifying portrayal of a man's man and one part vilification of the same man for the same reason. If alpha-dog Hemingway had lived into his 80s, he would've lived into the 1980s, and if he had I feel certain he would've been a contestant on American Gladiators. Afterwards he would've admitted he was ac
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Ellen
Aug 12, 2010 Ellen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in the craft of writing or Ernest Hemingway
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The subject of the pursuit is the elusive kudu, an animal you must hunt alone, like writers must write alone...

In Hemingway’s experimental work, the Green Hills of Africa, he produces possibly one of the earliest works of creative nonfiction, reveals how the search for good land parallels a writer’s search for good material, and most of all, reveals himself—warts and all.

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“Fitting in,” being recognized as an aficionado, or knowing how to be an insider (rather than a tourist) surfaces as a d
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Santiago Dotta
Hemingway makes me realize I'm a pussy. He makes me realize every male human around me is a pussy.
After reading this book I tried to find Hemingway's masculinity and spirit in every men I know (personally and famous ones), and of course the results where dissapointing.
Then I realized, that EH couldn't live in our era. That there exists a symbiotic relationship between EH and the first half of 20th century.
If you read breifly about Hemingway's life in Wikipedia, you realized his own life is a
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Lotz
I have a good life but I must write because if I do not write a certain amount I do not enjoy the rest of my life.

I came across The Green Hills of Africa selling for cheap at a used bookstore; and since I vaguely remembered that Hemingway’s famous quote about Huckleberry Finn came from this book (Hemingway thinks it’s the alpha and omega of American fiction), I snatched it up. Well, that quote is certainly in here. It is part of a conversation Hemingway has with an Austrian about literature, w
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Mr.
Green Hills of Africa is set (surprise) in Africa, and it primarily concerns hunting for Kudu and Rhino. Hemingway draws you into the realm of the physical; he draws in precise detail the machinery of the rifles, the approach of the rhino, the canvas of Africa's deep and beauteous terrain.

There are passages in here of remarkable grit and beauty:

"It was a hot place to camp, under trees that had been girdled to kill them so that the se-se fly would leave, and there was hard hunting in the hills,
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Jay
I was ready to not like this book. I have had a long-term fascination with Spain and had some deeper appreciation of bullfighting so Hemingway’s earlier experiment with non-fiction, Death in the Afternoon, which reflected so perfectly what Miguel de Unamuno had identified as the Spaniards' “tragic sense of life,” was a strong and intriguing read. It certainly prepared me for a Hemingway who could do non-fiction creatively. But a non-fiction book on big game hunting in Africa seemed not my cup. I ...more
Desislava
Ernest Hemingway is, of course, a great writer; therefore, in choosing to read this non-fiction account of his trip to Africa, I was expecting real insights into the country. Instead, this small book is about Hemingway's hunting expedition and it's very repetitive, he goes up a hill, looks for kudu about 27 times and everytime got jealous of his friend Karl (because he killed an even more beautiful kudu than Hemingway).
But even that's not my biggest problem with this book. The worst part was th
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Craig Werner
Hemingway can be an irritating son of a bitch and this book is near the top of the "here's why" list. A memoir of Hemingway's hunting expedition to East Africa--an area I spent two weeks in recently--, Green Hills shows absolutely no awareness of the colonial history that structures the relations between the hunter and the numerous Africans who make his pleasure possible. There are a few moments when Hemingway realizes that the men who accompany him are every bit as skilled and courageous as he ...more
Filipe Miguel
Em 1933, Ernest Hemingway e a sua mulher Pauline, viajaram até ao continente africano e aventuraram-se num grandioso safari de dez semanas. O material dessa experiência serviu de inspiração para, entre outras obras, este As Verdes Colinas de África.

Para muitos de nós: esta leitura será o mais próximo que conseguiremos estar de viver o ambiente de uma caçada

A maioria da área coberta durante o safari, as montanhas, colinas íngremes, vales e savanas, pertence ao Lago Manyara, na Tanzânia, e às su
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Daniel
Of the two nonfiction Hemingway books I've read, "Green Hills of Africa" and "A Moveable Feast," this is the superior of the two. Even the portions of this book about writers and writing, a subject "A Moveable Feast" is far more focused on, are fresher and livelier, probably because they were written contemporaneously rather than in hindsight, as was "A Moveable Feast."

While much of "Green Hills of Africa" reinforces the popular image of Hemingway as a manly, swaggering hunter and drinker, it al
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Tessa
Apart from a few compelling descriptions of hunting and scenery, this book did not hold my attention. I could never really figure out the time jumps; the whole thing came across as one big sweaty alcoholic trek through the African wilderness, interspersed here and there with Hemingway's rambling about the writing process. I suppose there's something to be said for the book's clever layering--the hunt for big game translating into the hunt for good literature and Hemingway's own identity. But the ...more
Judy
I read this to prepare for a photo safari to Kenya and Tazania. There were some wonderful descriptions of animals and native peoples, but I must confess that I got really tired of Hemingway's constant bravado. He and his wife Pauline spent almost a month hunting big game in East Africa in 1933. Ernest bagged one game trophy after another--and then described each kill in great detail. There is plenty of self-aggrandizement, and by about the middle of the book all I could think of was my desire to ...more
Anna
Well, I'm not a fan of hunting (actually, I'm against it), but this book was one of those amazing examples of storytelling, when the book is soooo beautiful, that even despite the fact that you're not into the things going on there, you can't stop listening.
It's my second Hemingway work (the first, of course, was the Old Man and the Sea, which I need to reread, cos I read it a looong time ago, and don't think that fully understood) and I can say, man, he knows how to write! Such an amazing pros
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Jim Ament
Green Hills of Africa, by Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961), published 1935

This is one of those Hemingway books I’ve always wanted to read but it was well down the list and being generally unavailable, it was easily forgotten over the years as even being on the list. Several years ago, I found a yellowed copy in a used bookstore for $3.50 so I bought it. It’s a non-fictional account of a safari in East Africa with his wife and assorted other characters during the winter of 1933-34.

In the forward, H
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Charles
I will first off state that I am not a hunter nor do I own a real gun (I don't count the BB rifle I've never fired). Regardless of the content, Ernest Hemingway has a style quite his own in weaving the events of a safari in Africa. It doesn't start or end as you might expect, but the middle is full of images and scenes that are amazing in their ability to paint a picture and add a soundtrack. I managed to listen to the audiobook version of this on CD voiced by Josh Lucas who did a fantastic job ...more
Naomi
On the back of copy of "Green Hills of Africa" I have is this quote from the Times Literary Supplement: "This book is an expression of a deep enjoyment and appreciation of being alive - in Africa. There is more to it than [hunting]; it is the feeling of the dew on the grass in the morning, the shape and colour and smell of the country, the companionship of friends... and the feeling that time has ceased to matter."

I agree with the quote somewhat, but not entirely. Yes, there are beautiful passag
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Kaitlyn Barrett
This book is primarily about what it’s like to be a big game sport hunter in Africa. It’s an interesting book because it’s written from the dated perspective of someone who has an unapologetic racial bias towards the native people of Africa and no idea that it might be morally reprehensible to kill animals for sport. To be fair, he eats all the game he shoots I still think a book of this subject matter, by a different author, would be very difficult to publish now.

From a writing perspective, He
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Santiago
Green Hills of Africa is the account of a hunting safari Hemingway took with his wife in East Africa in 1933-34. This great nonfiction work is Hemingway's attempt "to write an absolutely true book to see whether the shape of a country and the pattern of a month's action can, if truly presented, compete with a work of the imagination". It is a brave attempt, and , I believe, a successful one. The book is divided in four parts: "Pursuit and Conversation", "Pursuit Remembered", "Pursuit and Failure ...more
Elsa Butler
Read this book because I was in the Chulu Hills in Kenya -- the very place about which Hemingway was writing -- and could barely finish. I've always appreciated the skill with which Hemingway wrote fiction but this is a piece of memoir/reportage in which the writer inserted himself solidly into the story, revealing himself (with the rawest of perspectives) to be a mean, self-absorbed, destructive embarrassment of a person at that point in his life. to be fair, I have read the biography of Martha ...more
Paul
Hemingway uses his experience in Africa to scrutinise the post-war, post-wall street collapse, zeitgeist of the mid thirties. By documenting the hunting trip in his purposely fictional-style prose, the author ensures that his attempt to “write an absolutely true book” functions above the banal notion of ‘autobiography.’ Instead he creates a narrative subtext which utilises the African setting and the hunting group’s experiences as a backdrop to the underlying themes that demarcate early twentiet ...more
Prillia
Having read this book, Hemmingway brought me to Africa, a beautiful continent. Hemmingway loved it very much. He described, "I loved the country so that I was happy as you are after you have been with a woman that you really love, when, empty, you feel it welling up again and there it is and you can never have it all and yet what there is, now, you can have, and you want more and more, to have, and be, and live in, to posses now again and always."

Reading this beautifully-written book was like I
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Oceana9
Jan 12, 2008 Oceana9 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diehard Hemingway admirers
Even the most mediocre Hemingway is like food for the starving. At least that's what I think. Here is an excerpt about American writers in 1935 (Hemingway is 36 years old). Hemingway (yes, this is the only "nonfiction" book I believe he's ever written) is talking to a German he meets in Africa. Hemingway speaks first.

"'You see we make our writers into something very strange.'

'I do not understand.'

'We destroy them in many ways. First, economically. They make money. It is only by hazard that a wr
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Conor
I do have positive things to say about this book but they are so tragically overshadowed by the negative.

Frankly, I found this book boring. Perhaps I'm not the target audience but Hemingway made an East African hunting safari in 1935 seem unappealing. Book Summary: Hemingway goes up a hill, looks for kudu, shoots something, his Africans skin it, and he returns to camp and drinks whiskey. Repeat this about 35 times and you have the book. (Ok, sometimes the beast he kills is bigger and sometimes s
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Simona
Se "leggere è viaggiare pur stando fermi" devo dire che con questo libro di Hemingway ho viaggiato.
Con Hemingway ho viaggiato nell'Africa dei kudù, nell'Africa nera, nell'Africa nera e rigogliosa delle sue colline verdi e della sua natura intatta, nell'Africa dei Masai, una tribù autoctona che vive allo stato brado basandosi su ciò che la madre terra offre loro.
Un viaggio che Hemingway ha compiuto in Africa nel 1933 con la moglie, un viaggio in cui non si parla solo di caccia, la grande passio
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Michelle
Fascinating in its political incorrectness of brazenly and exultantly shooting beautiful wild animals, and the beauty of Africa shines through - but it seems drawn out and repetitive.
Moira McPartlin
I was prepared to hate this autobiographical travel book because it is about hunting but I couldn't hate it because it is very much a book of its time. In fact despite the subject and Hemingway's colonial style relationship with his trackers and guides I was left with the impression that he was a man before his time. His relationship with the guides was friendly and often respectful but it was in the last chapter where he contemplates the environment impact of what he is doing that really struck ...more
Teresa Weaver
The book described the beauty of Africa. Had some graphic descriptions of the kill. But overall was great.
Richard Block
Muy Macho

Book 4 of my Hemingway marathon takes place in Africa on safari and features the big man himself big game hunting and pontificating on occasion about a number of subjects, including writing. It took me fifty pages to warm to it (I mean, get into reading it!) but once it took hold, I enjoyed it more than I expected

Feminists hate Hemingway and this book will show you why. It is an old fashioned tale of one man possessed by killing the biggest beasts, hunting red in tooth and claw - and th
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Arminion
If somebody would ask me to describe this book in one sentence, I would say "Ernest Hemingway and his friends are hunting wild animals in Africa." That's it. That's all it ever happens. There is no convoluted plot here, no drama, no love story, no backstabbing, no heroes and villains, just hunting. And by God, is it boring!
For starters, Hemingway is good in describing scenery and landscapes, although he goes into too much detail. He is also good at describing animals. In everything else however,
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Zach
I "read" Green Hills of Africa in my car while driving back from Texas with the sultry smooth voice of Josh Lucas fondling the words and depositing them in my earballs. The prose in this book details the events of a 30 day African hunting trip that Hemingway took with his then-wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, and is his attempt to write a "true narrative." How much of the narrative is fictional is up for debate, but the author claims it all happened just as he wrote.

There's no real plot or character deve
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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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