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  • Paperback
  • 488 pages
  • Death in the Afternoon
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • English
  • 10 September 2015
  • 9780684801452

10 thoughts on “Death in the Afternoon

  1. J.L. Sutton J.L. Sutton says:

    Death in the Afternoon can be seen as Ernest Hemingway’s attempt to euate the ritualized dance of the matador with that of the writer Maybe not all writers but one very specific writer It’s significant I think that unlike his story in The Sun Also Rises Hemingway is presenting the ritual of bullfighting strictly as nonfiction In the work the bullfighter the bull and spectators all have parts to play in what is essentially an unfolding tragedy Each contribute to the meaning produced by the spectacle Hemingway pays a great deal of attention to the style of the matadors whether they are brave and take risks and what price they are willing to pay for their art In Death in the Afternoon readers can learn uite a lot about bullfighting the phases of the bullfight as well as the history and pageantry of this violent sport but to me what’s interesting is what there is to be learned about Hemingway 425 Stars

  2. Petra-masx Petra-masx says:

    I was thinking of bullfighting and of the bull cults that have existed since ancient times It started with the Egyptian cult of Apis of which the Golden Calf at the giving of the Ten Commandments was part Then there was the Minotaur Nandi the mount of Shiva the various Celtic bull cults and others widespread through the world up to medieval times In the present day the baptismal font of the Mormons stands upon 12 bulls derived from Solomon's bronze basin no doubt Perhaps bullfighting man against what is arguably the primal male animal figure Theseus against the Minotaur is a survival of those cults a ceremony of worship or sacrifice where the bull must die for man to reign supreme But this isn't mentioned in this or any other book I've read on bullfightingThe best thing about this book is the wonderfully evocative title The content doesn't live up to it Hemingway obviously loved bullfighting and if he'd hadn't been so old and out of shape when he discovered it would certainly have tried to be a matador himself As it was he couldn't so he immersed himself in the culture and wrote about it in this bookThe book has three distinct sections which although distinct he does jump back and forth to information already imparted The first section is about the horses and bullfighting He repeats a lot of crap that he has heard Things like all the horses are killed That injured horses have their bellies stuffed with straw and sawdust and then sewn up so they can continue to fight on So they are not blinkered but blindfoled made deaf have their vocal cords cut out and their nostrils glued up but are still in fighting condition I did some research on this and it does seem that an awful lot of horses died in the corrida back then still now but not so much However there is trade in buying ex bullfighting picador horses and retraining them for dressage which they apparently excel at Since the matador is responsible for all expenses for his team human and euine it is hardly likely they would be keen to sacrifice highly trained animals and would obviously have done what they could to preserve life and reuse themThe second and longest section is the retelling and explanation of a bullfight in an extremely patronising way to an old woman who sits in a cafe and lusts after the matadors This device is thoroughly annoying and eventually irritates Hemingway enough to just dismiss it not even really 'her' The most interesting part of this section is about the bulls their breeding and their selection What was particularly interesting is how bulls are bred to be small and weak although brave so that the bullfighters can handle them Or at least handle them after the picadors have thrust their lances into the neck muscles to weaken the animal stop him being able to fully raise his head and to enrage him with pain Doesn't seem like a fair fight does it? The last section which can easily be skipped and I wish I had was a long list of the matadors extant in Heminway's day along with a description of their virtues or otherwise Although this is in many ways the best written of the books about bullfighting I've read Death and the Sun A Matador's Season in the Heart of Spain is very informative and uite beautifulI am no pro or anti bullfighting than I was before I read the book The weakening of the bull has always upset me far than the idea of a ballet drawn around death I don't know if I would go and see a fight given the opportunity but I might If only for the marvellous suits of light Ora Plata Embroidered Costumes of the Bullfightview spoilerThis spoiler and the next were written when I was reading the book A customer came into the bookshop who actually went to a bullfight at Aranjuez Corrida outside Madrid in 1947 He's 86 very old still travelling He was describing it to me and it sounds a lot less bloody and a lot exciting than the articles I have read When I say 'less bloody' I don't mean it wasn't cruel but that the horses were not gored there were no entrails like ribbons and the bull could lift his head and charge He had also seen cows which are used for training and considerably dangerous than bulls because of their different horns and different ways of charging but apparently you can't really 'play' with cows They just want to hit the person not necessarily gore them so they are head up rather than the bulls going for the blood head down hide spoiler

  3. Lyn Lyn says:

    Hemingway's classic treatise on Spanish bullfighting After reading my son asked about the book and it's barbaric subject He and I watched some bull fights on Youtube and he said WHAT??? They actually kill the bulls? In this age of PETA and Michael Vick it was strange to read This 80 year old glimpse into Old World savagery was not Hemingway's greatest work but it demonstrated his technical skill and mastery of the language It was a good book the reading of it was very fine

  4. Glenn Sumi Glenn Sumi says:

    Death In The Afternoon Bigotry At Night What an unusual book Macho macho man Hemingway tells you everything you never wanted to know about bullfighting and will probably forget as soon as you put the book down But there are also some worthwhile insights about aestheticsTHE GOODThis volume is as much about writing as it is bullfighting Included is Hemingway's famous iceberg theory If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader if the writer is writing truly enough will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one eighth of it being above waterThat’s as good a philosophy of Hem’s approach to writing as there is Here’s another interesting passage there is one thing you can do and that is know what is good and what is bad to appreciate the new but let nothing confuse your standards You can continue to attend bullfights even when they are bad; but never applaud what is not good You should as a spectator show your appreciation of the good and valuable work that is essential but not brilliant You should appreciate the proper working and correct killing of a bull that it is impossible to be brilliant with A bullfighter will not be better than his audience very long If they prefer tricks to sincerity they soon get the tricks If a really good bullfighter is to come and to remain honest sincere without tricks and mystifications there must be a nucleus of spectators that he can play for when he comesYou could apply this to any sort of art from writing to opera singing How many artists rely on “tricks” things they know appeal to audiences for immediate reliable effect? Some of the info about breeding is fascinating how bulls from different regions of Spain are different because of what they feed on how Mexican bulls differ from Spanish ones etc You’ll learn everything about bullfighting techniues cape techniue footwork how to work the ring where best to sit in the stadium and how much those seats cost the difference between matadors toreadors picadors banderilleros and then there'sTHE BADNot everything’s so sunny in the bullring however Hemingway also advises on throwing “cushions pieces of bread oranges vegetables small dead animals of all sorts including fish and if necessary bottles provided they are not thrown at the bullfighters’ heads”I’m not sure if this is irony And at one point he also talks about wanting to shoot two bullring servants I have seen several of them two especially that are father and son that I would like to shoot If we ever have a time when for a few days you may shoot anyone you wish I believe that before starting out to bag various policemen Italian statesmen government functionaries Massachusetts judges and a couple of companions of my youth I would shove in a clip and make sure of that pair of bullring servants I do not want to identify them any closely because if I ever should bag them this would be evidence of premeditationUm isn't this essentially the plot of the movie The Purge?And there are sections where Hemingway simply compares bullfighters of the past Fine for newspaper reporting in the 1930s perhaps but a crashing bore nearly a century laterand THE UGLYHemingway employs a really annoying device in which he carries on imaginary conversations with “an old lady” Sorry Papa but these seem fake especially today They're also really misogynistic and ageist Speaking of misogyny there’s an unnecessary and inane dig at Virginia Woolf when he talks about cows’ intelligence they don’t charge the coloured capes the way the bulls doHe’s also really homophobic There’s a passage at the end of Chapter 17 that is a gratuitous insult about the painter El Greco that irks a modern reader One time in Paris I was talking to a girl who was writing a fictionalized life of El Greco and I said to her “Do you make him a maricón?”“No” she said “Why should I?”“Did you ever look at the pictures?”“Yes of course”“Did you ever see classic examples anywhere than he painted? Do you think that was all accident or do you think all those citizens were ueer? The only saint I know who is universally represented as built that way is San Sebastian Greco made them all that way Look at the pictures Don’t take my word for it”and“If El Greco was a maricón he should redeem for the tribe the prissy exhibitionistic aunt like withered old maid moral arrogance of a Gide; the lazy conceited debauchery of a Wilde who betrayed a generation; the nasty sentimental pawing of humanity of a Whitman and all the mincing gentry Viva El Greco El Rey de los Maricónes”In the book's thesis length glossary Hemingway defines “maricón” as Maricón a sodomite nance ueen fairy fag etc They have these in Spain too but I only know of two of them among the forty some matadors de toros This is no guaranty that those interested parties who are continually proving that Leonardo da Vinci Shakespeare etc were fags would not be able to find Of the two one is almost pathologically miserly is lacking in valor but is very skillful and delicate with the cape a sort of exterior decorator of bullfighting and the other has a reputation for great valor and awkwardness and has been unable to save a peseta In bullfighting circles the word is used as a term of opprobrium or ridicule or as an insult There are many very very funny Spanish fairy stories Alas dear reader this isn’t one of them

  5. Roy Lotz Roy Lotz says:

    A live pelican is an interesting amusing and sympathetic bird though if you handle him he will give you lice; but a dead pelican looks very silly Lotz Hello everyone Welcome back to book club Did everyone finish our book? All Yes yes Lotz Good Now did anybody like it? Doctor I thought it was dreadful the way he talks about the bulls Lotz Ok you can go then Businessman Really this whole business sounds crude and wasteful Lotz You are dismissed Shopkeeper I’d never let my children read this sort of thing Lotz Off you go But did anybody like it? Anyone at all? Old Lady I uite liked it Lotz Ok come with me then and we’ll talk about it Old Lady Alright sir But tell me Why are you writing your book review like this? Didn’t Hemingway do this in the book? Lotz Yes Madame he certainly did I thought it would be fun to imitate him Old Lady All imitations only serve to show the imitator is a failure Didn’t Hemingway say that? Lotz Something like it Well tell me then What did you like about the book? Old Lady It’s hard to say To be honest I thought I’d hate it But there was something really charming about the way Hemingway talks about bullfighting I can't exactly put my finger on it Lotz That’s how it always is with Hemingway You think he will be violent boorish brutal vulgar perhaps even vaguely immoral But for a certain subset of people there is nothing at all vulgar in it; only artistry and truth And you can’t know what kind of person you are until you read him Old Lady Didn’t Hemingway say almost the same exact thing about bullfighting? You’re ripping him off again Lotz Madame ripping authors off is one of my pastimes But it is indeed worth pointing out that whenever Hemingway describes hunting or bullfighting or one of his manly pursuits he is also giving a metaphorical description of his own writing Old Woman Many people have said this before You’re a poor critic Lotz True enough Madame But did you realize this as you read? Old Woman I admit I didn’t but now that you point it out it is all very obvious I heard it before years ago Lotz Yes the way he goes on and on about how the bullfighter must be brave and honest must be simple and straightforward must not cheat his crowd must not use any tricks must put himself in real danger Old Woman Spare me this analysis Lotz I apologize Madame But tell me are you now curious to see a bullfight? Old Woman I suppose so just to see if I can pick up on any of the things Hemingway talked about All the artistry and so forth Lotz Perhaps we can go together Madame Old Woman With you? I’d rather not Lotz I understand Madame I’m curious to know was there anything you didn’t like about the book? Old Woman Yes I admit that I got rather tired of Hemingway’s descriptions of techniues and of the careers of various bullfighters by the end of it He went on for rather too long about how bulls have to be brave how men have to be brave how everybody and everything has to be brave and he ended up repeating himself pretty often Lotz You’re right about this Madame Old Woman And I get the creeps when he talks about how killing is an art Lotz For Hemingway the moment of death was the simplest and the truest of all moments You see Hemingway loved things that were simple and true but he thought that some things were so simple and so true that most people can’t face them and so can’t adeuately write about them Old Woman Yes yes spare me any of this dramatic criticism I am going I haven’t time for your puerile book reviews GoodbyeShe is gone This review is almost over If I was up to writing a proper review I would tell you about how it felt to read this book sitting in a café in Madrid sipping on a vermouth and gnawing on a bocadillo with chorizo and I would tell you about the motion sickness as I read this book on the bus ride to Manzanares el Real about looking out the window and seeing a statue of a matador standing in front of a town’s bull ring and about the hard rugged landscape that went by the window with its rocky hills and empty plains and about the conversations I’ve had with Spaniards here about whether or not the bullfight is ethical and I would tell you about visiting the bullring at Ronda after seeing the cliffs and the green countryside and buying the book in the museum’s gift shop If this was a proper review I would tell you all of these things

  6. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Death in the Afternoon Ernest Hemingway Death in the Afternoon is a non fiction book written by Ernest Hemingway about the ceremony and traditions of Spanish bullfighting published in 1932 The book provides a look at the history and what Hemingway considers the magnificence of bullfighting It also contains a deeper contemplation on the nature of fear and courage While essentially a guide book there are three main sections Hemingway's work pictures and a glossary of terms In Death in the Afternoon Hemingway explores the metaphysics of bullfighting—the ritualized almost religious practice—that he considered analogous to the writer's search for meaning and the essence of life In bullfighting he found the elemental nature of life and deathNotes Hemingway 2003 p 12 It would be pleasant of course for those who do like it if those who do not would not feel that they had to go to war against it or give money to try to suppress it since it offends them or does not please them but that is too much to expect and anything capable of arousing passion in its favor will surely raise as much passion against itعنوانها مرگ در بعد از ظهر؛ من فقط از این خانه نگهداری میکنم؛ نویسنده ارنست همینگوی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز سی و یکم ماه می سال 2016 میلادیعنوان مرگ در بعد از ظهر؛ نویسنده ارنست همینگوی؛ مترجم سحر محمدبیگی؛ تهران، آرادمان؛ 1394؛ در 287 ص؛ شابک 9786008099086؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20 معنوان من فقط از این خانه نگهداری میکنم؛ نویسنده ارنست همینگوی؛ مترجم سمانه نیک سرشت؛ تهران، انتشارات فراموشی؛ 1396؛ در 176 ص؛ شابک 9786009746613؛ کتاب «مرگ در بعد از ظهر»؛ در سال 1932 میلادی نگاشته شده، و یک کار «غیرداستانی» درباره ی «گاوبازی اسپانیایی» است «همینگوی» در باره ی گاوبازی «تورئو»، در بیان درست یا نادرست بودن آن، چنین نگاشته‌ است «تنها این را می‌دانم که کارخوب، کاری است که پس از انجام آن احساس خوبی از خود داشته‌ باشی، و کار بد آن است که پس از انجامش، احساس بدی به‌ شما دست بدهد» ا شربیانی

  7. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    Long ago and far away I'd idle around the second hand book sales that were held in our Student Union The booksellers were a distinctive collection of late middle aged men to whom normative styles of housekeeping and hygiene were alien I could imagine them travelling from one university to another all week setting out lines of not always mouldy paperbacks on trestle tables making a thin living selling and reselling course books as well as books not on any reading list imaginable Occasionally I pick up something for a pound or two and one of those books was this oneIt is to date the only Hemingway I've ever read It's a book about Bullfighting a bit of a cruel misnomer seeing as the purpose of the exercise is to kill the bull in a ritualistic manner but I suppose Bull Sacrificing doesn't have uite the same ring to it but some personal recollections were mingled into stories about bullfighter the fights and the training This is mainly with reference to Spain in the 1920s and 30s with a few mentions of the Bullfighting scene in MexicoFerdinand was one of my favourite books as a child so I can't imagine ever watching a bull fight but I was pleasantly surprised how interesting it was to read the details of how matadors train and learn their techniue from mock fighting with cows training with bulls would not be the wisest pastime cattle are dangerous enough out in the fields as it is to the set up of the ring and how the event is structured to ensure the death of the bullThere is no interest though in the whys of bull fighting why this sacrificial event developed in Iberia and why not elsewhere particularly considering that over the border in Southern France they have their own different bull sport tradition that doesn't involve the death of the beast as a matter of course What was really weird were the couple of completely irreverent anecdotes about homosexuals one Hemingway describing hearing two Americans in the neighbouring hotel room in Paris one realising that the other's intentions were not platonic and with the connivance of the hotel management inescapable another in which Hemingway as Art Critic telling an allegedly impressed woman that all the male figures in El Greco paintings were clearly gay When somebody seems to be seeing gays under every bed you can't help remembering the Lady doth protest too much methinks and suspect there is than a splash of projection going onProbably of historic interest only unless you are a completionist but deals with an oddly interesting topic

  8. W W says:

    This is a work of non fictionwhich is all about Hemingway's obsession with bullfighting and he goes into considerable detail about its various aspectsFor mepersonallyit was a difficult book to read as I consider bullfighting something very cruelThe sight of death to please the crowd I skimmed through the bookHemingway goes into a lot of technicalities of what the bullfighter needs to doAt times he refers to him bluntly as the killer and a great killer must love deathBullfighting in Hemingway's view can only go on in a country which loves deathHe is disappointed that there are few killers in his day who can kill cleanly and can be called greatHe talks about the famous bullfighters of the day including some who diedHemingway is not too concerned with what happens to the bull or the bullfighterbut he seems much concerned about the horses used in bullfights which could get killed by the bullDuring that erathe bullfighters even had to travel from one bullfight to the next by roadAnd even before they could rest properlyhad to fight again Then he offers advice on when to go to Spain to watch a bullfight and what to drinkHe even talks about Spanish whores whom he doesn't find beautifulThere is plenty but I couldn't read each and every word of this bookMaybe it's great for afficionados of bullfightingbut I'm not of themHence the two star ratingReading itI was reminded of a movie on bullfighting I watched some years agoTitled Blood and Sandit captures the cruelty and senselessness of bullfighting really wellA skilled matadorafter defeating several bullsmeets his own sad end while still very young

  9. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    I’ll review this once I get my computer back Parts of the book annoyed me the stylized dialogue with the old lady at the end of the chapters seemed forced and weird but produced some of the best lines and observations in the book and parts left me breathless I am unashamed and unabashed in my love for Hemingway I love his curiosity his passion his style He doesn’t always kill clean but he doesn’t cheat and always gives the reader a good dramatic show

  10. Stephen Stephen says:

    The bullfight was every bit as controversial an institution when Ernest Hemingway's now much neglected Death in the Afternoon was first published in 1932 as it is today The difference is that It may be closer to extinction today than it was then At the very beginning of the book Hemingway writesI suppose from a modern moral point of view that is a Christian point of view the whole bullfight is indefensible; there is much cruelty there is always danger either sought or unlooked for and there is always death and I should not try to defend it now only to tell honestly the things I have found true about it To do this I must be altogether frank or try to be and if those who read this decide with disgust that it is written by some one who lacks their the readers' fineness of felling I can only plead that this may be true But whoever reads this can only truly make such a judgment when he or she has seen the things that are spoken of and knows truly what their reactions to them would beTrue to his word Hemingway does not explicitly undertake a defense of bullfighting in what follows Rather he reports honestly what he found true about it including the cruelty This reporting provides the reader with the best understanding of the corrida yet to be found anywhere in the English language known to me If it is true that to understand all is to forgive all then this surely is an elouent if implicit defense of bullfightingThe book inspired me to see for myself “the things that are spoken of” and withhold judgment until I had I have now seen bullfights in Spain and Mexico and I am hooked I have answered in my own mind the moral uestions raised by the spectacle to the extent that morality is relevant I will continue to attend on every occasion that practically presents itselfThe book is worth reading because the subject of bullfighting is only a pretext for many fascinating and thought provoking observations concerning the human dilemma Hemingway explores in the concrete abstract propositions such as bravery courage honor cowardice art and believe it or not loveRegarding loveAll people talk of it but those who have had it are all marked by it and I would not wish to speak of it further since of all things it is the most ridiculous to talk of and only fools go through it many times I would sooner have the pox than to fall in love with another woman loving the one I have All those who have really experienced it are marked after it is gone by a uality of deadness I say this as a naturalist not to be romanticThis is true is it not? Hemigway's explanation of the art and his assessment of the great matadors of his day provide a backdrop for his observations about life such as this Whether they be true or not they invariably cause one to set aside the book for moment and thinkThe primary abstraction that Hemingway explores in the concrete however is death A little short of halfway through the book Hemingway places a little essay entitled A Natural History of the Dead consisting of a graphic description of dead bodies he had encountered during World War I in Europe The message seems to be that there is nothing romantic about death itself Death is the ultimate degradation For Hemingway the important issue is how individuals face this ultimate degradation The matador is the figure through whom Hemingway explores this issueBullfighting is the only art I which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honorAfter setting the scene with a description of the style of the two masters of the art Joselito and Belmonte Hemingway discussed the decadence of the bullfight as practiced in his own time He describes the courage and cowardice of various contemporary matadors wonderful character sketchesA great collection of vintage photographs are included as well as a glossary that is itself interesting reading particularly for one learning Spanish as I am The book is marred by only one thing Hemingway writes it as if he is explaining the corrida to a hypothetical old woman Most of the chapters close with a dialogue between the old woman and him I find this device to be a bit contrived even though some of the best philosophical gems are found in these dialoguesIf you have read and enjoyed Hemingway's fiction—and there are only a few of us left around who have—you really ought to try this non fiction work I believe that reading Death in the Afternoon gives one a better understanding of and appreciation for the likes of For Whom the Bell Tolls A Farwell to Arms and certainly The Sun Also Rises But then again I am a little old and out of fashion myself

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Death in the Afternoon❰BOOKS❯ ✮ Death in the Afternoon Author Ernest Hemingway – Hemingway's Classic Portrait Of The Pageantry Of BullfightingStill considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting Death in the Afternoon reflects Hemingway's belief that bullfighting Hemingway's Classic Portrait Of The Pageantry Of BullfightingStill considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting Death in the Afternoon reflects Hemingway's belief that bullfighting was than mere sport Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual and the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man an animal and Death in PDF \ a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick Seen through his eyes bullfighting becomes an art a richly choreographed ballet with performers who range from awkward amateurs to masters of great grace and cunningA fascinating look at the history and grandeur of bullfighting Death in the Afternoon is also a deeper contemplation on the nature of cowardice and bravery sport and tragedy and is enlivened throughout by Hemingway's pungent commentary on life and literature.

About the Author: Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist His economical and understated style had a strong influence on th century fiction while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid s and the mid s and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in He published seven novels six short Death in PDF \ story collec.