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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,533 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Boyd Gaine Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A fascinating look at the history and grandeur of bullfighting

Death in the Afternoon is an impassioned look at bullfighting by one of its true aficionados. It reflects Hemingway's conviction that bullfighting was more 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. Seen through his eyes, bullfighting becomes a richly choreographed ballet, with performers who range from awkward amateurs to masters of great elegance and cunning. 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The book will certainly find its place on the shelves of Hemingway addicts…Action and conversation, as the author himself suggests, are his best weapons.” 

    New York Times

  • “Ernest Hemingway, in the handling of words as an interpretation of life, is not a brilliant and ephemeral novillero, but a matador possessed of solid and even classic virtues.” 

    Saturday Review

  • “Hemingway’s passion for bullfighting is perfectly mirrored in the strong narration of Boyd Gaines…The author is obviously impressed with men facing death, and Gaines does a wonderful job of creating drama and tension as the conflict of man versus animal plays out to its ultimate conclusion.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christopher | 2/17/2014

    " Wanted to be a Matedor after reading this, wish someone would write a contemporary version "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angie | 2/15/2014

    " This book helped me understand and appreciate bullfighting as a cultural art form and pastime, and not merely an arena for torturing bulls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Edrees | 2/15/2014

    " Everything you will ever want to know about the science of bull fighting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wil | 2/15/2014

    " Made me go and see a real bullfight "

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