• Title: Death in the Afternoon
  • Author: Ernest Hemingway
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
  • Death in the Afternoon Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting Death in the Afternoon is an impassioned look at the sport by one of its true aficionados It reflects Hemingway s conviction tha
    Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon is an impassioned look at the sport by one of its true aficionados It reflects Hemingway s conviction that bullfighting was than mere sport and reveals a rich source of inspiration for his art The unrivaled drama of bullfighting, with its rigorous combination of athleticStill considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon is an impassioned look at the sport by one of its true aficionados It reflects Hemingway s conviction that bullfighting was than mere sport and reveals a rich source of inspiration for his art The unrivaled drama of bullfighting, with its rigorous combination of athleticism and artistry, and its requisite display of grace under pressure, ignited Hemingway s imagination Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual and the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick Seen through his eyes, bullfighting becomes a richly choreographed ballet, with performers who range from awkward amateurs to masters of great elegance and cunning A fascinating look at the history and grandeur of bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon is also a deeper contemplation of the nature of cowardice and bravery, sport and tragedy, and is enlivened throughout by Hemingway s sharp commentary on life and literature.

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    1. Death in the Afternoon can be seen as Ernest Hemingway’s attempt to equate the ritualized dance of the matador with that of the writer. Maybe not all writers, but one very specific writer. It’s significant, I think, that unlike his story in The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway is presenting the ritual of bullfighting strictly as nonfiction. In the work, the bullfighter, the bull and spectators all have parts to play in what is essentially an unfolding tragedy. Each contribute to the meaning produce [...]

    2. I was thinking of bullfighting and of the bull cults that have existed since ancient times. It started with the Egyptian cult of Apis, of which the Golden Calf at the giving of the Ten Commandments was part. Then there was the Minotaur, Nandi the mount of Shiva, the various Celtic bull cults and others widespread through the world up to medieval times. In the present day, the baptismal font of the Mormons stands upon 12 bulls (derived from Solomon's bronze basin no doubt). Perhaps bullfighting, [...]

    3. Hemingway's classic treatise on Spanish bullfighting. After reading, my son asked about the book and it's barbaric subject. He and I watched some bull fights on Youtube and he said, "WHAT??? They actually kill the bulls?" In this age of PETA and Michael Vick it was strange to read. This 80 year old glimpse into Old World savagery was not Hemingway's greatest work, but it demonstrated his technical skill and mastery of the language. It was a good book, the reading of it was very fine.

    4. Death In The Afternoon, Bigotry At NightWhat an unusual book. Macho, macho man Hemingway tells you everything you never wanted to know about bullfighting and will probably forget as soon as you put the book down. But there are also some worthwhile insights about aestheticsE GOODThis volume is as much about writing as it is bullfighting. Included is Hemingway's famous "iceberg" theory: If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows and the reade [...]

    5. A live pelican is an interesting, amusing, and sympathetic bird, though if you handle him he will give you lice; but a dead pelican looks very silly.Lotz: Hello, everyone. Welcome back to book club. Did everyone finish our book?All: Yes, yes.Lotz: Good. Now did anybody like it?Doctor: I thought it was dreadful the way he talks about the bulls.Lotz: Ok, you can go then.Businessman: Really, this whole business sounds crude and wasteful.Lotz: You are dismissed.Shopkeeper: I’d never let my childre [...]

    6. I’ll review this more once I get my computer back. Parts of the book annoyed me (the stylized dialogue with the old lady at the end of the chapters seemed forced and weird, but produced some of the best lines and observations in the book) and parts left me breathless. I am unashamed and unabashed in my love for Hemingway. I love his curiosity, his passion, his style. He doesn’t always kill clean, but he doesn’t cheat and always gives the reader a good, dramatic show.

    7. The bullfight was every bit as controversial an institution when Ernest Hemingway's now much neglected Death in the Afternoon was first published in 1932 as it is today. The difference is that It may be closer to extinction today than it was then. At the very beginning of the book Hemingway writes:I suppose, from a modern moral point of view, that is, a Christian point of view, the whole bullfight is indefensible; there is much cruelty, there is always danger, either sought or unlooked for, and [...]

    8. Long ago and far away I'd idle around the second-hand book sales that were held in our Student Union. The booksellers were a distinctive collection of late middle-aged men to whom normative styles of housekeeping and hygiene were alien. I could imagine them travelling from one university to another all week, setting out lines of not always mouldy paperbacks on trestle tables, making a thin living selling and reselling course books as well as books not on any reading list imaginable. Occasionally [...]

    9. Everything you ever wanted to know (and not know) about bullfighting. If you've read Moby Dick, you'll have a idea about how an author can obsess about a particular human activity, in detail, and one goes along for the ride because in that obsessive examination is a clue to what the author feels is important in some aspect of humanity. Again, Hemingway is a sucker for the Spanish way of seeing life and death and courage. Hemingway, through bullfighting, somehow finds a florid display of people f [...]

    10. The great thing is to last and get your work done and see and hear and learn and understand; and write when there is something that you know; and not before; and not too damned much after. Let those who want to save the world if you can get to see it clear and as a whole. Then any part you make will represent the whole if it's made truly. The thing to do is work and learn and make it.I bought this book because I cannot imagine any self-respecting literature enthusiast who does not own Hemingway' [...]

    11. An epic tome on the art and grandeur of Spanish bullfighting from one of America's greatest aficionados, Ernest Hemingway, who explicates the craft and spiritual intensity of this ancient European ritual through terse, journalistic, prose and rigorous scholarship. Not surprisingly, Hemingway is not terribly perturbed by the grotesque barbarity of the violence of bullfighting; Hemingway was an enthusiast of hunting and had little to no moral qualms about killing animals (and sometimes people). Ye [...]

    12. Fascinatingly morbid yet uniquely engrossing, except when it became redundantly boring. All I can figure is that Hemingway really wanted to be a bullfighter, though I am not sure "Bull Fighter" is the correct term for this activity, "Ritualistic and Methodical Bull Torturer and Slaughterer" seems more appropriate from what I read in this book. The book does give a very in depth look at Spanish bullfighting in the 1920's and 1930's. The bull fighters of this time are all analyzed by Hemingway, as [...]

    13. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I picked this up, but I thought if I were to read about bullfighting, Hemingway might be a good choice as a guide. I had no idea it would be so detailed.I feel like I came away from it understanding the structure of a bullfight, the environment, the emotion. I was fascinated by his descriptions of proper killing, the work of the picadores and banderilleros (who I didn't even know existed before), and all the moves that a matador may perform, properly or i [...]

    14. 4.5 starsAmazing prose, beautifuly written bookBefore death in the afternoon I knew nothing about bullfighting and all the tradition and honor that lays behind such an ancient spanish tradition. With Death in the Afternoon, Hemingway shows his point at defending this whole violent world of matadores, picadores, banderilleros and toros de lidia and I respect him for that.In my opinion, the book is enjoyable not for the topic but for the arguments of this great author

    15. Death in the Afternoon, Ernest Hemingway مرگ در بعد از ظهر؛ در سال 1932 نگاشته شده، یک کار غیرداستانی درباره گاوبازی اسپانیاییترجمه ای فارسی برای این کتاب پیدا نکردم

    16. This book is better in what it intends to do rather than what it achieves.One should think that of all writers, Hemingway would be the ideal person to delve into the beauty and majesty of bull-fighting, and he certainly was knowledgible. The issue for me comes for several angles. First, the book is in desperate need of structuring, and the aid of a skillful editor to help guide Hemingway. Also, there is a lot of critiquing of specific fighters that are repetative and mean nothing to those nowada [...]

    17. I despise bullfighting. It's disgusting. But if someone manages to write 350 pages about bullfighting so enthusiastically and lovingly–describing its nuances, different moves and greatest bullfighters, its pride, heroic feelings, rigid and honorable rules and passion, technicalities, Spanish taverns and the morbid life of the matadors, all while encompassing a vivid picture of the now long-gone Spain of the 30's–that it keeps such a rabid hater of the "sport" as I am glued into the book and, [...]

    18. Death in the Afternoon is a non-fiction book by Ernest Hemingway that explores the ceremony and traditions of Spanish bullfighting. Looking at the history and the culture behind bullfighting, the book also explores the dangers and fears being faced. Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon explores the sport by one of its aficionados.This is an interesting book, not something I would read normally but I did enjoy it. While I am morally oppose [...]

    19. Whatever one's views on bullfighting—even the author himself admitted that it was more tragedy than sport—this book must be considered preeminent in its field. If I had to reduce my Hemingway collection to one, this is the book I'd keep. It's a reference work (complete with glossary) that reads like a novel, and there's even ninety-plus pages of black-and-white photographs at the end that tell a stark and unflinchingly realistic tale all their own.Hemingway's reason for writing the book was [...]

    20. Hemingway ocupa un lugar especial en la lista de la gente que he leído. Puede decirse que tanto "El viejo y el mar" como "Por quién doblan las campanas" (una de las novelas más bellas y fuertes que he leído) supieron orientar mis primeros pasos en el mundo de la lectura. Desgraciadamente, no siempre todo lo que se muestra a los ojos brilla con la fuerza del oro. En este caso, "Muerte en la tarde" (que, dicho sea, es el primer libro que he leído de él en inglés) me pareció un libro pobre: [...]

    21. La prohibición de las corridas de toros en Catalunya no fue una noticia que me desagradara especialmente. Me parece un acto retrógado, aunque por otra parte siempre he intuido que en ese espectáculo medieval hay una ciencia, una cultura más o menos interesante y, si uno es tan ignoto como yo en la materia, después de leer este libro sin duda mejorará su percepción a ese respecto.Ahora bien, es cierto que hay partes pintorescas dónde dan ganas de otorgarle mejor valoración, pero también [...]

    22. Que me perdonen los fans de Hemingway, pero este libro refleja una visión de España de lo más obtusa, y estamos hablando de un escritor supuestamente cosmopolita. Me cabreó que opinase sobre las costumbres españolas con condescendencia y a veces hasta con desprecio, descontextualizando la España que describe, la de la posguerra, la hambruna, el racionamiento, la miseria. No cuestiono que sea un gran escritor, pero después de leer este libro me he hecho una idea de Hemingway que me aleja d [...]

    23. As an animal lover, I don't care for the concept of bullfighting; but I am interested in cultural traditions, and in the sociology of sports. Death in the Afternoon told me more about bullfighting than I probably need to know - the level of detail is exhaustive, and much of it is so of-the-moment journalistic that, if Hemingway's name were not attached to the book, few would read it today. Indeed, the book is most interesting for the insights it provides into the mindset of a major writer (not a [...]

    24. Actual rating 3.4As far as non-fiction writing goes, this is probably the best piece I’ve read so far. I’ve still got a ton of Jane Didion to read, but this is going to take some beating. Hemmingway takes you through (what I imagine) is every nook and cranny there is to do with bullfighting. Coming into this with basically no knowledge of the ‘sport’, and a pretty disfavour-able opinion on it, I feel like I could hold my own in most conversations now. I still don’t agree with bullfight [...]

    25. I am not certain where Death in the Afternoon ranks today in the Hemingway canon. It was his first non-fiction piece apart from his journalistic production and, at the time of its publication in 1932, it was not particularly well received. Many found the topic of Spanish bullfighting overly parochial if not repugnant. And there was criticism of Hemingway’s strong judgmental tendencies that covered a gambit of writers and bullfighters. Kenneth Lynn, one of Hemingway’s biographers, wrote in hi [...]

    26. andalittlewine/2012/01/book-1-of-52-death-in-afternoonmlI didn't really have any expectations when Carol brought me Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon as an unabridged audiobook from the library. I love Hemingway: the terseness that, in Death sometimes approaches self caricature; the depth of thought and conviction beneath the simplicity of the story; the richly textured world his characters inhabit.I never realized that I love Hemingway's sense of humor. It may be that, in his other work [...]

    27. There is an honesty to Hemingway's writing that I love. The countless iterations on similar themes and descriptions, such as, the technical use of the muleta or cape were in themselves a ritual that matched the ritual of the bullfight, which in turn reflected religious rituals. We do rituals because not everything can be absorbed or encapsulated in one go. By the end, you are left so familiar with the mechanics, artistry, bravery and more that you want to see it in action, as least I did. I felt [...]

    28. Es tracta d'un assaig sobre la tauromàquia pensat originalment per explicar tot aquest món als americans. De fet el llibre no va ser traduït al castellà fins fa pocs anys tot i que és original del 1932. Hemingway es mostra irònic davant algunes situacions però sovint adopta un punt de vista objectiu, reflexionant tal com ho faria una persona sense prejudicis de cap mena que mostrés curiositat. La manera com descriu "la tragèdia" en si, desprèn una gran passió per les corridas que no p [...]

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