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Pietro Paolo Virdis
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Islands in the stream, what a bunch of wank. I know itís not his most renown and greatest chunk of pile, but what an utter scattered load of bland it is. How can anyone enjoy it? 448 pages of qualified drivel. Shite.

SpoilerÖ

oh, sod it, I'll be saving you. A moron has fled to Bahamas, works as an artist there, living the life of a luxury hooker without having to be banged, has his three sons come over from the US of A, shares some weird eager-reluctant time with them, tries to score some wise-arse points along the way, some bullcrap, overly trying to have them be winged words to last forever phrases he says to them sons, but theyíre as pale as pale on a pale pie thatís been baked pale words.

And the rest is shite as well.

ďPapa, Iím 11 years old, am I to old to kiss you goodnight?Ē
ďNo, youíre not, sonĒ

Wow, thatís Nobel prize class?

And yet another big deal about big fish! Another damn bloody fishing boat gig. What the hell was his obsession with fish, and crypto metaphoring with the sea and the bloody, sodding fish!?
ďLife starts here, and it ends hereĒ

Get the sod out!

Fish, you eat it, not go on about what a mystery a bloody swordfish is, and that it's something Biblical when it's caught your squid on a wire. H2O Idiot.

Farewell to shite
To rather not have them
The old man and a bloody fishing rod

I rather not have them!

[ 10.12.2007, 22:48: Message edited by: Pietro Paolo Virdis ]

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A farewell to arms, great, great title, I'll give you that, but other than that, you, sir, are highly overrated.
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And do you know what you can do with your marlin?

Sword it up da bummy!

Another fun day at the rants'r'us shop

the end

[ 10.12.2007, 22:53: Message edited by: Pietro Paolo Virdis ]

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Never has one of ganja's one-man rants been so right.
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Spot on, PPV! I can't stand Hemingway...

How did he ever become popular? Must have had some good PR behind him...

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Ganja picked up the book. It was an old book. He read the old book but did not like it. Other people liked the book but he did not. Ganja stopped reading the old book and turned on his computer. It was a new computer. He typed a message on the new computer. His message was about the old book. He said that he did not like the book.

Ganja did not pick up the book again.

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Old man and the Internet

There's a site to be caught out there, and when I catch it, I will fight the 422 pop-up windows that appear, and I will both want to get past those 422 pop-up windows, as much as I would want to keep fighting the pop-up windows. I will start to bleed under my fingernails from all the clicking, and be in pain, but I would look meself in the mirror and say: I can give up, or I can continue, it doesnít matter, whatever I do it means something and it is great that all things mean something.

When I've knocked down 403 of them pop-ups, the computer will crash, I will down a bottle of rum during the depression that follows, and forget the http address, but I will feel it was good that I never entered the site, as much as I desperately wish I would have entered it. Itís great, both, you know. Itís like being out catching fish, with the purpose of catching a fish, and then you get one hooked, and you struggle reeling it in, and then you lose it, and then you just turn your boat around, look into the sunset and say to yourself: Itís great that I lost that fish, even though Iíd wanted to reel it in, it was great, because, such things, they are, in the whole scheme of things, when you think about why I even reeled at all, they are, eh, itís all good

It's probably a porn site which has installed a trillion of nasty cookies inside the walls of my house, that site behind the pop-ups Iíll fight. Trojans that will enter even with a new computer, but it will be a good fight, those pop-ups will put up a good fight, and I'll be content that I never reached the goal, that I never got to enter that site, yet I would want to, and will feel a bit melancholic about the whole ordeal, but happy, but sad, but happy and sad, and wise, mostly very wise, in a stone-rock-scissor kind of way, where the stone is the rock, and the scissor is in halves, but meant to be and has two points, wise like the oracle in Delphi dipped in quicksand on a river bank in the Amazonian outskirts. Iím not sure what I want. It sure would be a good struggle, me on the vast Internet, against a mighty wall of pop-up windows.

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Now give me the Nobel prize, dammit!
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He wrote. As a man.
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PPV stands on the shoulders of giants.

Islands in the Stream is generally considered to be Hemingway's worse book, even by those who love him. I am by no means a big fan, but have always much preferred the short stories to the novels.

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Yes, me too.

I taught a module of 'The Killers' to a class of mine last year and was reminded how good it was.

Not a big fan of any novels, though.

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the sun also rises is great. and some of the short stories are wonderful
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Selwyn Rice
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Seconded. Am a fan of both his first two novels and his early short stories. He got progressively worse thereafter.
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If you're ever in Key West, it's worth tramping through his house.

And if you're ever in Florida, it's well worth a drive to Key West.

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My Mum loves Hemingway. She also loves Fitzgerald, so she's not a complete fucking loon.
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