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Hemingway on Fishing

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From childhood on, Ernest Hemingway was a passionate fisherman. He fished the lakes and creeks near the family's summer home at Walloon Lake, Michigan, and his first stories and reportages were often about his favorite sport. Here, collected for the first time in one volume, are all of his great writings about the many kinds of fishing he did—from trout in the rivers of no ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Scribner (first published 2000)
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Even for a Hemingway fanatic like myself who already has the primary sources, this anthology collection of stories, articles and novel excerpts was an enjoyable read.

It places the writing in roughly chronological order with the fishing sketches from the late Paris memoir "A Moveable Feast" becoming part of the first section with the short stories written during the early Paris years that relate to fresh water fishing. The Star & Esquire newspaper and magazine articles in the middle provide
Jan 11, 2011 Craig rated it really liked it
I've read most of the fictional short stories in this collection -- the Nick Adams stories, for example, but it is fascinating to read the non-fiction -- journalistic writings where Hemingway's obsession with fishing -- first trout, then deep-sea fishing -- becomes apparent. I've always loved Hemingway's sparse, iceberg writing style. So many readers get hung up on the machismo image and bravado of Hemingway's personal life that they can't appreciate what a great writer he is. We can't ignore on ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Sam marked it as to-read
Andrew Nease
Jul 15, 2017 Andrew Nease rated it it was amazing
Well, when I decided I wanted to read this book, I assumed it was a nonfiction book ABOUT fishing BY Hemingway. As I think Hemingway's nonfiction is debatably more fun to read than alot of his fiction, that sounded interesting; I was a little disappointed, when I started reading, to find that it was an anthology of writings by him that mention fishing. However, as the misunderstanding is entirely mine, and it's hardly the editors' fault that Hemingway never actually wrote that other book, it's h ...more
Ray Zimmerman
Oct 15, 2014 Ray Zimmerman rated it it was amazing
From stories of young Nick Adams fishing the rivers of Michigan to a novella about an old fisherman named Santiago fighting off the sharks in an attempt to save his catch, fishing permeates Ernest Hemingway’s writing. In “Big Two Hearted River,” Nick fished near a logged over forest and a burned town, and the narrative established Hemingway’s career as a master of the short story. In The Old Man and the Sea, he revealed the depth of his craft and received a Pulitzer Prize and a Nobel Prize as st ...more
Michael de Percy
Apr 18, 2013 Michael de Percy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-reviewed
This is an enjoyable collection of Hemingway's many descriptions and depictions and also his knowledge of fishing. Although many of the passages are from Hemingway novels and novella I have already completed, the Nick Adams and various Esquire, Vogue and Holiday magazine articles dating from the 1930s through to the 1950s are well worth having in one collection. I was particular enthralled by the Esquire article where Hemingway outlines the story of the Old Man and the Sea, back in 1936. It make ...more
Doug E.
Jan 22, 2008 Doug E. rated it liked it
I had read some of this in its original context. The Old Man and The Sea is one of my favorite stories- "the fish is a fish, the old man is an old man, the sharks are sharks, and the sea is the sea"(paraphrased). Hemingway is able to show that for this man, fishing is too important to be a metaphor or to represent something else.
This book was my first reading of The Big Two Hearted River- WOW! what a great piece of writing. I really think that's just about the perfect piece of troutstream writi
Michael (Mike)
Oct 02, 2016 Michael (Mike) rated it it was ok
Just finished this. It's a compilation of different fishing stories. Either articles he wrote about fishing for various magazines, or extracts from some of his novels. I was underwhelmed. I really don't like any of his works, except for his non-fiction work on bullfighting, "Death in the Afternoon." I have read most of his works. Aside from Hemingway, I think it's hard for fisherman to get excited about fishing stories, because it's just nothing like the real thing. I like reading "how to" type ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Jack rated it it was amazing
It's just a collection of excerpts and short stories - The irati river passage from The Son Also Rises, Big Two-Hearted River, etc.

I've read all the stories before, but it's a perfect collection for a boat or beach holiday. Collapse onto the bed and open it as the rocking of the van comes to a squeaking halt.

If you've read Hemingway, you've read it all before, but it's still good. Make sure if you go anywhere near a fishing shop while you're reading it, make sure it's on the windward side of p
Oct 16, 2015 SenseiJohn rated it it was amazing
Being new to GoodReads, I have to post a review for this book even though I received it as a birthday gift a decade and a half ago. P.S.: I still regularly read the many short stories.
This is a must read for any fan of "Papa" - and even if not, then a must read for any fisherman. The stories bring you right there, fishing pole in hand along with E.H., your on the deck of the Pilar or streamed with the man himself.
Go out, get the book, a nice cigar (back when I could indulge), a nice mojito and k
Mar 22, 2010 Anita rated it it was amazing
never realized trout fishing would be so interesting
great collection of EH's writings on his lifelong past-time
fascinating how the hunter has a bittersweet appreciation for its prey, a sadistic and inevitable kind of love,
that to know the prey enough to capture and murder it is also to fall in love with it and know it as oneself
Jul 19, 2008 Will rated it it was amazing
Half way through - a collection of the stories Heminwgay wrote about fishing. So let's see...I get Hemingway (check), fishing (check), drinking (checkadoo), and smoking cigars (check), and northern Michigan (double check). So yep, I'm enjoying it immensely.
Jan 20, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok
I only read the section that contained his newspaper and magazine writings on fishing, not the sections that took excerpts from his books, so the 3 star rating is based on just a small part of the book.
Aug 04, 2012 Christopher rated it it was amazing
I got this for Christmas. I've always been a big Hemingway fan; even have a picture of him in my dining room. This was a great collection, and for every fan of fishing or of Hemingway, it's a must have.
Feb 26, 2008 Monica rated it really liked it
I love fishing and Hemingway so this book is a dream.
Feb 27, 2013 Ariadna73 rated it liked it
Shelves: chronics
These days I'm feeling that Hemingway's writing is very descriptive of places and landscapes; but I feel like reading stories from the inside rather than the outside
Jun 12, 2012 Brandon rated it really liked it
Not many do or can write about the outdoors the way he did.
Jan 09, 2015 Ben rated it it was amazing
Great introduction to Hemmingway. A must read if you are remotely interested in fishing or Hemmingway.
Sep 26, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing
to catch a fish..I must become the fish.
Rob Orazi
Jun 15, 2014 Rob Orazi rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable for me to read. I am a fisherman and this is as close as a person can get to fishing without actually having a pole.
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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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