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Hemingway Man by Jim Maher
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May 04, 11

bookshelves: twenty-first-century-literature
Read from July 22 to August 05, 2012

It's the story of a 10th grader whose father has just passed away. A friend of the father tells him "you have to be the man of the family now", and his own best friend tells him about Hemingway's definition of what it takes to be a man: plant a tree, write a book, fight a bull and have a son. The kid, being part vulnerable and part idiot, takes this advice literally as a how-to guide, and sets about trying to do those exact things. The novel is very funny and written in an easy, engaging first-person vernacular that is always believable. Highlights include an hysterical episode with a squirrel, a street fight with a gang of whores and an electrifying scene with a bull. All in all a terrific story about what manhood means to a boy on the verge of becoming one.
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