I am continuing in Reading Like a Writer.  Francine Prose writes of Gertrude Stein’s love of sentences and of  Hemingway. A couple of examples are given of Hemingway writing about an aging bullfighter.

The bullfighter is toughing it out in spite of depressing experiences brought on by age. Given Hemingway’s choice of ending in life, I gave prophetic nature to his words. As in many writings, what we think it means, it may not mean at all.

Writing brings me closer to the prophetic, but I think in ways that might change the future. Writing can take my fears and lay them out in twilight. Sometimes I find the sun to be rising and at others to be setting. As I see it, writing’s job is take me to where Hemingway took the bullfighter. Against all odds, toughing it out. Being brave where the brave dare not go.

But maybe not. What say you?

5 thoughts on “Hemingway

  1. New Hampshire Garden Solutions November 30, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    I think, when I can no longer walk in the woods, that I’ll at least be able to sit in the sunshine knowing that when I could, I did. Better that than regretting that I hadn’t.

    • fictionfitz November 30, 2013 / 8:20 pm

      I have found happiness in darkness as well as light; both can test me.

  2. jhvn November 30, 2013 / 9:11 pm

    I’m not sure where Hemmingway took the bullfinder, but I resonate with not being able to do all iI used to do. I also sense that now I can do much that I have never before been able to do. I am really learning that ‘doing’ is no where near as important to me as “being”.

    • fictionfitz November 30, 2013 / 9:15 pm

      Savy thinking as always

  3. Carole Webber December 1, 2013 / 7:44 am

    Hemingway has always been one of my favorite reads because he had the ability to make you feel his characters, My favorites were “For Whom the Bell Tolls and “Old Man of the Sea” In the latter, my hands ached from pulling in that marlin !
    A good writer can bring you to the experience as though it is real for you.

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