Title: Across the River and into the Trees

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 230

Rating: 4/5

It’s no secret that Hemingway is a master writer, but what’s interesting about this book is that it shows that even his lesser known books are masterclasses.

Now, I will say that there are a few bits here and there that are typical Hemingway in the worst kind of way, where he’s talking about hunting and bullfighting and all of that stuff that I’m morally opposed to. There’s also a romance at the heart of the story, which I’m not normally into, in which an older man is sleeping with a younger woman and calling her “Daughter”.

But even despite that, I still enjoyed it. There was a lot of stuff about the war as well, which I usually find interesting but which was occasionally overdone here. But despite that, all of the elements came together very well and were augmented by a delicious bleak ending that was the cherry on top.

It’s not my favourite of Hemingway’s books by a long shot, but I do think it was very Hemingway. It reminds me of a Stephen King short story where he talked about how Hemingway’s style is so unique that an algorithm could easily confirm that he’d written something.

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