The dangerous summer

by Ernest Hemingway

Other authorsJames Albert Michener (Introduction)
Hardcover, 1985




New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, c1985


A firsthand chronicle of a brutal season of bullfights. In this vivid account, Hemingway captures the exhausting pace and pressure of the season, the camaraderie and pride of the matadors, and the mortal drama as in fight after fight the rival matadors try to outdo each other with ever more daring performances.

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"Pietsch has done a wonderful editing job. Hemingway was very cuttable, and the book is indeed wonderful . . . "

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LibraryThing member rgg102
The Dangerous Summer is a 1960 book written by Ernest Hemingway. In it, Hemingway describes the real-life bullfighting rivalry that took place the year before between legendary bullfighters Luis Miguel Dominguín the second and his brother in law Antonio Ordóñez. The two bullfighters wanted to
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prove who was better by each trying to kill more bulls than the other during 1959.

Because of his illnesses, Ernest Hemingway was not able to get his novel to the publishers. Therefore, he had his wife, Mary Welsh Hemingway, summon his friend, LIFE Magazine Bureau Head Will Lang Jr., to leave Paris and come to Spain. Hemingway persuaded Will Lang Jr. to let him print the manuscript, along with a picture layout before it came out in hardcover. Although not a word of it was on paper, Ernest agreed to the proposal. The first part of the story appeared in LIFE Magazine on September 5, 1960. The other installments were printed in the following issues of LIFE.

The title is perhaps foreshadowed in a phrase to be found in Hemingway's short polemical article"Who Murdered the Vets?: A First-Hand Report on the Florida Hurricane"(New Masses, 17 September 1935), where reference is made to the storm-damaged Florida Keys as "... these islands where there is no autumn but only a more dangerous summer ...".
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LibraryThing member jbarr5
The dangerous summer by Hemingway_ Ernest
Spain and the bull fights where he was commissioned to write an article but so much more got in his way...
A matador and his brother in law who returns to the bullfights after retiring where they pit one another and try to do more serious hand to hand
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fighting so the crowds will like them more...
Includes glossary of bull fighting terms. Described in detail all the events behind the scenes you'd not see as a tourist.
Like understandings the procedures that precede the bull fight and during and after and what significance different parts of the bulls parts are cut after the fight.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
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LibraryThing member DanielSTJ
Although not as good as some of his other works, Hemingway still delivers a compact and interesting account of the rivalry between Luis Miguel Dominguín and Antonio Ordóñez. Although the subject matter is ethically questionable (or at least in my opinion) he still captures something concrete
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about the sport of bullfighting and makes it count. Hemingway pulls us along the journey with terse prose that reminds us why he was a great writer. A worthy addition to Hemingway's oeuvre of work.
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