I am looking forward to finishing the last few chapters of Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife. Following that my Holiday reading will continue with Denis Brian’s The True Gen (Grove Press, 1988, 356 pgs.), Gerry Brenner’s The Old Man and the Sea: Story of a Common Man (Twayne Publishers, 1991, 120 pgs.) and finally, James Nagel’s Ernest Hemingway: The Writer in Context (University of Wisconsin Press, 1984, 246 pgs.). I have started reading Nagel’s work (he dedicated the book to Philip Young) and read a great chapter on Island in the Streams: A Son
Remembers, by Patrick Hemingway. Patrick talks about what he remembered about the story and what actually was true and false regarding the main character, artist Thomas Hudson and of course his boys. Patrick had two parts of the story that interested him the most. One was the catching of the fish and the other is the shark attack. We know that the book is based loosely on Hemingway’s life and Patrick shares his insight into those two parts of the story and more. This book offers contributions from 12 different Hemingway scholars, in addition to Nagel and Hemingway’s son Patrick.