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The Wild Years

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"The Greatest Ever Under The By-Line"
(Caption from intro)
Before Ernest Hemingway turned to writing fiction, he already had become one of the great reporters of our time.
Here-in the inimitable Hemingway style-is Paris at her most glorious...Italy and Germany in their darkest hours...the bloody birth pangs of new nations in the Near East...explosive excitement of Pampona an
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 1967 by Dell Publishing Co, Inc. (first published 1962)
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Feb 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Interesting to read for historical snippets. I couldn't resist quoting the editor's little epilogue,circa 1967, which stated "Not all of Hemingway's observations would prove out, of course...A weakness for occasional melodrama caused him to inflate the threat and importance of the Afghans..." Heh heh.
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was worthwhile in that there are lots of little historical details and such that I was unfamiliar with, and Hemingway has a fun way of relating a lot of these things. On most of the subjects in this book, he's kind of snarky and wry, which is not really journalistic integrity to me, but it's still fun reading. When he is serious, such as when he's talking about fishing, he makes me want to go to sleep a little, but that may just be my lack of interest in the topic.
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Definitely a bit up and down but the great stuff far outpaces the more pedestrian articles. Great to read about him stomping around the streets of Toronto. And well worth the read just for the mental image of him peering over Mussolini's shoulder and realizing the book he was 'reading' was upside down.
Lisa James
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
These snippets of articles he wrote while still a young newspaperman showed so much promise of the classic novelist he developed into. Written in his signature style, with some pretty sarcastic quirks of humor, his views on everything from gangsters to Prohibition to style is amusing, insightful, & all around a good read!
Feb 28, 2008 rated it liked it
more of a journalist endeavor, hemingway wrote this just before beginning to write fiction. i love how it fits into his body of work, but alone it's too early in his career to compare to most of his other novels. read this only if you're a true fan.
Aug 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
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It was an awesome look into Hemingway's style of writing from when he was a reporter. Great stories...and very interesting accounts of history in the making during his reporting career from about 1920 to 1924.
Matthew Hurley
Hemingway was such a boss. Also, perceptive and hilarious.
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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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