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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,555 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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HEMINGWAY'S POIGNANT TALE OF A LOVE FOUND TOO LATE

Set in Venice at the close of World War II, Across the River and into the Trees is the bittersweet story of a middle-aged American colonel, scarred by war and in failing health, who finds love with a young Italian countess at the very moment when his life is becoming a physical hardship to him. It is a love so overpowering and spontaneous that it revitalizes the man's spirit and encourages him to dream of a future, even though he knows that there can be no hope for long. Spanning a matter of hours, Across the River and into the Trees is tender and moving, yet tragic in the inexorable shadow of what must come.

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction, who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Real class.”

    John O'Hara, New York Times Book Review

  • “[But] its hauntingly tired cadences are the direct speech of a man's heart who is speaking that directly for the first time, and that makes it, for me, the finest thing Hemingway has done.”

    Tennessee Williams, The New York Times

  • “He can perform prodigies. He can fascinate us by pure evocation, by the tensity of the situation.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • Pulitzer Prize
  • Nobel Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer O'Connell | 2/12/2014

    " Not Hemingway's best book, in my opinion. I read it during a couple of days in Venice and found it atmospheric and wonderfully melancholic....if a bit meandering "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim Miller | 1/31/2014

    " Hemingway masterfully uses dialog and character interaction to tell this story. 'Across the River and Into the Trees' is about a somewhat estranged US Army Colonel who spends the last three days of his life in Venice, Italy. The aging veteran of two World Wars knows his end is very near, so he visits his 19-year-old paramour and his friends in the city of canals, gondolas, and such. The Colonel's interactions with other characters, ghostly memories of his demotion from the rank of General, and all the bloody battles he has fought, continually flit through his mind. The Colonel is a fighting officer in nearly every aspect of his life. To him, class and occupation seem to be mere euphemisms for rank. He treats servers and attendants as underling soldiers. The people who don't understand how he thinks suffer the wrath of his quick temper. Even his love life and friendships are subject to the war metaphors that run throughout this novel. Written in third-person limited narration, 'Across the River and Into the Trees' is an elegy of sorts, which verbose authors should study and emulate. Hemingway reveals an intricate plot of a man's last days, and he also painstakingly crafts his characters throughout this relatively fast-paced classic. I didn't have to constantly remind myself to be patient while reading this one. It moved along quickly, yet it also `gave me a chance to ponder the deep and multi-faceted symbolism exhibited through The Colonel's reflections and internal conflicts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dr. Michael Galvin | 1/23/2014

    " By far Hemingway's worst work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Johnny Flora | 1/21/2014

    " I could not resist the oppurtunity to read another Hemingway classic, especially since I spend a great deal of time in the Venice,Italy area. The Dolomite mountains north of Venice has to be one of the most breathtaking natural treasures of the world. Visit Cortina and see for yourself. Hemingway takes the reader to one of the most charming and romantic locations in all the world as a backdrop to this haunting love story. I enjoyed this novel very much, the truth about the fraility of life and love was always about, never letting the reader break free from its grasp. JJF "

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