Across the River and Into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway

Across the River and Into the Trees

byErnest Hemingway

Kobo ebook | September 22, 2013

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Across the River and Into the Trees is a novel by American writer Ernest Hemingway, published by Charles Scribner's Sons in September 1950. Prior to publication by Scribner's the novel was serialized in Cosmopolitan magazine. The title is derived from the last words of Confederate GeneralThomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson.

The first chapter opens on the last day in the life of protagonist, Colonel Richard Cantwell, who is duck hunting in Trieste. Much of the novel is a protracted flashback, with Cantwell thinking about a young Venetian woman, Renata, and about his life as a soldier during the war. In Italy, Hemingway had met a young woman, Adriana Ivancich, with whom he was infatuated and he used as the model for the female character in the novel. A central theme in the novel is death and how one faces death. One biographer and critic sees a parallel between Hemingway's Across the River and Into the Trees and Thomas Mann's Death in Venice. Generally critics agree the novel is built upon successive layers of symbolism. As in his other writing, Hemingway employs the style known as the iceberg theory, in which much of the substance of the work lies below the surface of the plot itself.

The novel was written in Italy, Cuba and France. Across the River and Into the Trees was the first of Hemingway's novels to receive consistently bad press and reviews. In the years since its publication, however, some critics have come to believe it is an important addition to the Hemingway canon.

Title:Across the River and Into the TreesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 22, 2013Publisher:KibooksLanguage:English

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