Across The River And Into The Trees

Across The River And Into The Trees

Book - 1998
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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 poignant, bittersweet homage to love that overpowers reason, to the resilience of the human spirit, and to the worldweary beauty and majesty of Venice, Across the River and into the Trees stands as Hemingway's statement of defiance in response to the great dehumanizing atrocities of the Second World War. Hemingway's last full-length novel published in his lifetime, it moved John O'Hara in The New York Times Book Review to call him "the most important author since Shakespeare."
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1998, c1978.
Edition: 1st Scribner Classics ed.
ISBN: 9780684844640
0684844648
9780099909606
Branch Call Number: FIC Hemin
Characteristics: 272 p.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 15, 2014

Hemingway continues to be both an iconic and a problematic author. Anyone who cares about American fiction needs to read him and his influence is inescapable, as is his larger than life persona. But is he as great as his reputation? No, but, then again, nobody really could be. The knee-jerk complaint against him is that he's sexist, but, to be fair, none of his characters are really three dimensional. And for all his vaunted realism, there's a sentimental, slightly phony streak that runs through his work and is especially evident in his penultimate and worst reviewed novel. Set in Venice it's an elegiac love story between an aging American Colonel and a teenaged Italian countessa. Little about the relationship is convincing or interesting and his overuse of "true" to describe various things (breasts, martinis, American) is a little comic. The title comes from the last words of Stonewall Jackson.

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