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Hemingway Adventure

Chapter 6: Africa

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Michael Palin - Hemingway Adventure‘I like to shoot a rifle and I like to kill and Africa is where you do that.’

So wrote Hemingway to Janet Flanner, in April 1933. Hemingway had taken to life in the United States with enthusiasm. He had produced a second bestseller, A Farewell to Arms; Death in the Afternoon, an authoritative work on bullfighting; and a short-story collection, Winner Take Nothing.

There were rumblings of criticism - Max Eastman’s review of Death in the Afternoon was headed ‘Bull in the Afternoon’ - but on the whole his reputation was high, and he was enjoying the attentions of Hollywood, which had just made A Farewell to Arms, the first picture from his work. Yet none of his plans for 1933, outlined in a letter to Arnold Gingrich, publisher of a new magazine called Esquire, seemed to include his native land:

‘I go across to Cuba in a small boat April 12 to fish that coast for two months in case go to Spain to make a picture, if not, for four months then to Spain. Go from Spain to Tanganyika and then to Abyssinia to shoot. Will be back next January or February.’

His wanderlust had returned. Though he never made the picture in Spain, he did, thanks to a generous loan from Pauline’s Uncle Gus, make his first visit to Africa, disembarking at Mombasa, Kenya on 8 December 1933.
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  • Series: Hemingway Adventure
  • Chapter: Chapter 6: Africa
  • Country/sea: Kenya
  • Place: Amboseli National Park
  • Book page no: 161

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