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am 4. März 2016
Hemingway schreibt ein wunderbares, leicht verständliches Englisch, intensive Natur und Jagdbeschreibungen, die afrikanische Stimmung wird hervorragens eingefangen, ein für Jäger sehr empfehlenswertes Buch.
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am 25. Oktober 1999
Although "Green Hills of Africa" is a work of non fiction Hemingway puts the same detail into his account of a safari trip he and his wife at the time embark upon. The detailed scenery and emotion make this a must read for any Hemingway fan. "Green Hills of Afica" is a pleasent interlude between works of fiction. This autobiographical adventure gives the reader a look into one of Heminway's passions big game hunting. From the campsite to the hunt "Green Hills of Afica" moves with the same excitement and furvor found in any one of Hemingway's great works of fiction.
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am 11. November 2004
Ich sag's gleich am Anfang: meine Bewertung richtet sich weniger nach Stil, sondern nach dem Spaß beim Lesen. Und der war hier weniger hoch. "Green Hills of Africa" ist der Reisebericht von Hemingways Trip 1933 nach Ostafrika, wo er mit seiner Frau Pauline einen Monat lang auf Großwildjagd ging. Da röcheln "Bestien" (Löwen) nach Schüssen in die Seite, geben "monster" und "son-of-a-bitchs" (Nashörner) nach Stunden noch ein schreckliches Stöhnen von sich. Hyänen sind lustig, die hüpfen noch so herum, wenn sie "bereits den Tod in sich spüren", und Vögel sind immer gut für einen Lacher zwischendurch - Moorhuhn-Schießen 1933.
Höchst unbefriedigend ist es für den Macho, als seine Frau auch mal schießen darf - und mit einem einzigen guten Schuss den Löwen tötet. Wo ist denn da der Todeskampf?! Abends dann Whisky (wegen der Malaria) und Männersprüche - Afrika ist doch ein schönes Land.
Ausgesprochene Tierfreunde sollten dieses Buch nicht lesen - sie werden Hemingway hassen, auch wenn er nur die Realität der damaligen Zeit aufgeschrieben hat. Natürlich schrieb Hemingway aus einem anderen Zeitgeist heraus, Heldentaten waren gefragt, die Kolonialzeit, die nach dem Motto 'survival of the fittest' wie selbstverständlich die funktionierenden Kulturen der Ureinwohner zerstörte, in Afrika gerade auf einem Höhepunkt. Im Nachvollziehen dieser Gedankengänge und Lebenseinstellung sehe ich auch den einzigen Nutzen dieses Buches. Doch im Gegensatz zu anderen Großwildjägern (z.B. James Patterson, "The Man-Eaters of Tsavo") hat man bei Hemingway das Gefühl, dass er es übertreibt.
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am 26. Juni 1999
This certainly isn't in the same league as A Farewell to Arms or The Sun Also Rises, but it is still a very pleasurable read. Whether his literary experiment with this book worked or not remains debatable. Regardless, Green Hills of Africa is essential to understanding Ernest Hemingway the man, if not the writer.
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am 26. Juni 1998
You'd think being about white men with guns in Africa killing animals would offend more people. But I suppose that, for once, true greatness shines through past little things like that. What I liked was how Hemingway didn't really set out to tell a story that began or ended, just a story. He didn't bore you with things not bearing on his tale--a month hunting in Africa, a real time in his life that actually happened--and how he painted a real picture of himself, of hunting, and of the beauty that was Africa. I'd risk saying that this is probably a lesser-known (or at least lesser-read) work of Hemingway's, but it really bears reading.
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am 24. Mai 2006
Man kann die Faszination HemingwayŽs für Africa fühlen, fast wahrnehmen. Man kann Africa fühlen! Leider spürt man auf die gleiche Weise, nur schmerzhafter die egoistische, alles schöne Vernichtende Liebe für diese Welt, die er mit seinen Zeitgenossen und späteren Kolonialisten teilte. Auf jeden Fall ein schöner umfassender Einblick und eine Lehre für die Zukunft. Egal ob Kontinent oder Mensch.
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am 3. August 1998
One of our masters takes you on a journey that only few can imagine. I felt as if I were right there with the khakis and bag full of books and local guides...sitting at a well stocked camp each night. One of his lesser known works, no doubt, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. (For a twisted experience, try reading "Snows of Kilimanjaro" immediately afterward, as I did by accident!)
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am 19. Februar 1999
It is hard to believe that he who wrote FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS wrote this. I am not an animal rights advocate but one cannot help but root for the animals as Ernest and his cronies blast away at them with high powered rifles. If only that buffalo could have backtracked on them.... And the racist, sexist, and even agist musings are disgusting. Drunkards stagger across Africa killing animals, cutting the heads and horns off, and leaving them to rot . Revolting.
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am 9. Juni 2000
Hem is hunting both big game and big literature in "Green Hills." On this 1933-34 African safari, his jovial, Socratic drinking pal "Pop" is actually Phillip Percival the famous white hunter who conducted Theodore Roosevelt on his first African safari. As a young man, Hemingway owned a copy of TR's book "African Game Trails," and it is undoubtedly one of the reasons he went on this safari, which was financed to the tune of $25,000 Depression dollars by his wife Pauline's uncle Gus, part owner of Richard Hudnut cosmetics. Further evidence of Hem's fascination with Africa can be seen in the way Jake Barnes teases Robert Cohn in "The Sun Also Rises." In chapter two, Jake says, " Did you ever think about going to British East Africa to shoot?" Cohn's lack of enthusiasm for an immediate trek to Mombassa seals his fate as a jerk. "Green Hills" vindicates Hem's real aficion for hunting--filled with long descriptions of the arduous and sometimes futile tracking of game, not just celebratory "kills." Finally, the best preparation for reading "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" is to hike and sweat through these 300 pages of African "country." The long, crescent-horned sable which Hem was painstakingly stalking at the end of "Green Hills" never turned up. But instead, the experience of his African safari, was distilled into those two incredible stories--one about a coward who gets a chance to redeem himself and the other about a washed-up writer whose approaching death stimulates him to dream about--and the reader to enjoy--the fiction he never got to actually write. Unless you've got a rich uncle or wife, this is as close as you'll get to an East African safari, and it is very, very fine.
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am 17. Juni 1999
GHoA is not going to satisfy readers of For Whom the Bells Tolls or The Sun Also Rises who are seeking more classic Hemingway storytelling. First off, this is not fiction, and it is not, in any sense, a story. It is a travelogue - a vivid and "truly written," often tediously slow diary of Hemingway's African safari in '33 with Pauline. Don't expect Nat'l Geo-like portraits of African spledour either - this is a book about HUNTING. KILLING ANIMALS. However, if you are, like myself, researching Hemingway, this is a wonderful piece of autobiography that draws from his past, his views on other writers, his marriage, his writing and, most of all, his love for hunting. It's not his best writing, but Hemingway on a bad day still beats most anyone. ...only for the non-vegetarians here.
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