Four Days with Hemingways Ghost

Four Days with Hemingways Ghost Four Days With Hemingway S Ghost Is Not A Story Of Spooks And Goblins It S A Powerful Story About Two Men From Two Very Different Times One Man Is Mortal, The Other Is Immortal One Is Painfully Ordinary, The Other World Famous Jack Phelan Is A Forty Two Year Old Underachiever Who Lives In South Florida Although He Mows Lawns For A Living, He S Not What You Might Expect He S Got An Exceptionally Sharp Mind And Is A Self Educated Hemingway Aficionado After Jack Gets Into An Unlikely Accident He S Flown By Helicopter To The Nearest Hospital, Where He Remains In A Coma For Four Days But Somehow, Minutes After He Blacks Out, He Finds Himself In Key West, Florida Rubbing Shoulders With An Aged Ernest Hemingway Hem Has Been Sent Back Down To Help Determine Whether Or Not Jack Has What It Takes To Write A Book For The Main Man Above The Clouds But What Ernest Doesn T Know Is That The Book Is To Be About Him And That Its Purpose Is To Change The World S Perception Of The Swaggering, Hard Knuckled, Macho Myth He Has Become Over The Next Four Days, Jack Phelan And Ernest Hemingway Travel To The Legendary Author S Old Haunts And Meet Up With Many Of His Long Gone Friends Some Of These Reunions Are Rollicking Good Times, Others Are Highly Emotional Tests Of Strength But Wait When Their Time Together Comes To An End, The Story Is Still Not Over That S When Things Really Get Interesting

Tom Winton has done everything from working on a railroad gang in the Colorado Rockies to driving a taxicab in some of New York s most dangerous neighborhoods He has also been a mailman, a salesman, an entrepreneur and Since having his first book published in 2011 he s written eight , and they ve all been bestsellers Said to be a man who writes with his pen dipped in his soul, Tom has

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  • 142 pages
  • Four Days with Hemingways Ghost
  • Tom Winton
  • English
  • 27 August 2019

10 thoughts on “Four Days with Hemingways Ghost

  1. says:

    I suspected that Hemingway, just like I do, would have had a serious problem living in this maddening twenty first century world This line from this superb book got me thinking Could I live in Cuba in the 20 s and 30 s with no Internet, no I Pad, no smart phone, no 42 TV screen, no Spotify, no Sat Nav, no rear view screen in the car and none of the modern day accoutrements Are you kidding In a heartbeat I lived on the Algarve for four years We had no TV, no car, no Internet and certainly no Spotify But we had friends And we were in shape I scuba dived a lot, went to the gym three times a week and drank with friends every night The Portuguese people are affable and loyal, the food exquisite and the sunsets breathtaking Hemingway would have loved it But onto this stunning book It is a solid story What else can I say I actually had to stop after about 15% to research Hemingway s life because, like most of us I suspect, I actually knew very little about him except for the obligatory Old Man and the Sea at school And I m sure a lot of us had a Hemingway novel in our curriculum But the research was worth it and when later in the book we meet not only Hemingway s ghost but also the soul s of Gertrude Stein, Marlene Dietrich, Waldo Pierce, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, F Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, Alice Toklas and Sloppy Joe himself I actually knew a little bit about them and the part they d played in Papa s life.It would be fair to say this is a book of two halves, but the story has a magic to it because as the reader shares wannabe author Jack Phelan s struggles as to whether his book on the Hemingway experience should be fiction or truth, you can t help but ask the same question yourself Did all this really happen to Tom Winton, or is it all fiction I still don t know.In the very first paragraph Winton expresses his truth by stating, I am now sure that in July of last year, I spent four days with Ernest Hemingway, but not wanting to labeled a kook he opts to place this book firmly in the fiction category So we re left guessing right through the book He describes his accident in such detail that this must surely have happened Part of my job is to investigate construction site accidents, and I know a real accident when I read one Winton s Phelan s accident is so detailed and comprehensive when your average author would have had his protagonist simply hit by a bus that someone experienced in accidents, like myself, has to read this as truth.So did this story actually happen Did Tom Winton actually spend four days in a coma while his spirit spent time with Ernest Hemingway You decide

  2. says:

    I just finished a very fascinating book called Four Days With Hemingway s Ghost by Tom Winton my 50th book so far this year The description of the book caught my interest since I had grown up reading Hemingway s books and once I started reading it I was hooked.The story starts out with the main character, Jack Phelan, having an accident, in Palm Beach, FL, that knocks him unconscious The next thing you know Jack is in front of Ernest Hemingway s home in Key West, FL and standing next to him is Ernest Hemingway s ghost, but not in the shape of a ghost as we are accustomed to reading about, and it is the 50th anniversary of Ernest s death.Ernest takes Jack on a 4 day tour of his haunts in Key West, New York, Havana, Cuba and finally to Ketchum, ID where Ernest had committed suicide and along the way Jack learned about Papa Hemingway God believes Jack is not living up to Jack s potential so Ernest was sent by God to spend time with Jack and report back to him so God can make a determination as to whether Jack wakes from him coma or not This was such a great book and it made me want to do a little research on Ernest Hemingway, including watching about an hour and 42 minutes about Hemingway s life that was produced around the time of the 50th anniversary of his death that I had found at biography.com.

  3. says:

    A man can learn from his past mistakes, and he should, but reliving them that does absolutely no good Four Days with Hemingway s Ghost by Tom Winton is sentimental uplifting story with a clever plot I enjoyed this playful little adventure that felt part fantasy and part reality The author has a ease to his writing style that has me as a reading wanting There is a comfort in this style and I have to say he could write about just about anything and I believe he would find a way to make it inviting Even read about him writing a book This may seem like a whimsical story but it really is about second chances Made me think about my own life and mortality We don t usually get than one chance but if we do we have to take advantage of it and use it to our best ability There is a positive message here, one I am taking away with me.Going back in time and meeting all the classic Hollywood celebrities feels like a windfall The best party imaginable.Quote I, Jack Phelan, could very well be on my way out Don t get me wrong, my mind wasn t a whirlwind of fear I was not paralyzed by the terrified feeling most people get when death s cold, dark fingers suddenly reach out for them I wasn t my usual self I was cognizant, but then again I really wasn t I truly didn t know who I was, nor did I have any idea who or what I d be leaving behind.

  4. says:

    Four Days with Hemingway s Ghost Kindle Edition I began this novel when I was very tired, expecting to stop after the second chapter and continue the next day But I didn t, I couldn t I was horrified by Jack s accident, so clearly described that I felt I had just witnessed it for real Then life went black and shortly afterwards Jack found himself translated to a time fifty years before, yet strangely still himself despite not recalling quite who or what he was The one apparent thing was the presence of Hemingway whose manner and dialogue this author has captured spot on Not just Hemingway but his cronies were presented d There were events and philosophical discussions and watering holes, as you might expect Yes, I was captivated, not least by the plot which was so well worked out Hemingway s journey in one direction and Jack s in the other A clever device which worked well for me.

  5. says:

    I loved most of this book The really fun part was the first half In the second half, the tone of the book changes completely No humor The Christian aspect of the book takes over completely in the second half and while I am fine with Christian literature, I think the drastic change in tone does not hold up well and it is not fair to the reader who probably stuck with the novel through the first part, expecting that the second would be at the least similar.Don t get me wrong I am glad I read the book It s good writingthe first half anyway I even enjoyed the second half but I think that the second half could have been either cut a bit or it could have had a less drastic change in tone from the first half.Just my observations.

  6. says:

    I always love when I read the last line of a book and it brings a smile to my face So was the case with Four Days With Hemingway s Ghost Jack Phelan fractures his skull in an accident and spends four days in a coma, teetering between life and death Jack has a near death experience and finds himself in the company of Ernest Hemingway Hemingway shows Jack the places that influenced his life and his writing, while pointing out that Jack s own life, should he live, has a higher purpose A delightful, feel good story.

  7. says:

    Hemingway would be appalled I started skimming this book half way throughworst book I have read in recent years I stayed with it desperately hoping the author would do something with it, but It just kept getting worse This was written at an elementary school reading level I guess i just I like a little intellectual meat to my leisure reading The only reason I gave it any stars at all was because there were a few facts about Hemingway I found interesting.

  8. says:

    Can t rate this one I abandoned it at 10% I was reading along and realized I was thinking of all the good books I still have on my to read list and decided not to waste my time Stilted imagined conversations with Hemingway s ghost I should have known better.

  9. says:

    For starters, I need to say that it is very hard to offer an unbiased review of this book Hemingway is my absolute favorite author of all time and I bought the book for that reason alone, but of course, that is a lot of pressure for a writer This review is entirely from the perspective of someone who reads and rereads Hemingway and who is a former English teacher with a lot of background knowledge of Papa and his peers I ve mentioned Hemingway to people, including authors, and they have never heard of him, so clearly they would have a very different experience reading this book.What I Liked Hemingway is in it Did I mention I love him I also found myself relating to Jack almost immediately, because I personally had the same experience with Papa I had read The Old Man and the Sea in school when I was a kid, but I didn t like it I also taught A Farewell to Arms and a few short stories when I was younger and I still wasn t a fan Something happened, though, around the age of 30 and I read of Hemingway s work I went back and reread the ones I hadn t like and loved them this time around So Jack s slow easing into his fascination with the author hit close to home for me.I also enjoyed the way that the story balanced the then and now It brought to mind Midnight in Paris, my favorite movie, and I liked seeing how the things that Jack learned from his hero were relevant, but also imperfect in a way like life I enjoyed the way Hemingway was portrayed, too, for the most part I like that even he says most people get him all wrong because I feel like that would absolutely be the first thing he would say if he were to return today.Finally, I truly loved how both Jack and Hemingway struggled to fit into modern society, because this is a question that weighs on me, too Could my heroes survive the world of books now A world when authors who have never heard of Hemingway are publishing vast amounts of titles I thought this was handled well and with tact The opinions were not forced on the reader rather, we were left to make our own conclusions.What I Didn t Like As such a fan of Hemingway, there were two things in particular that bothered me First of all was the language he used I wanted to see some of his dialogue neatened, so it almost read a little like his prose I think I would have enjoyed the homage to his style and his concise use of words seen through the eyes of another author It s one thing I think the aforementioned Midnight in Paris does exceptionally well It s also a lot to ask of a writer, but again, I admit fully that this was going to be a lot to live up to for a reader like me Secondly, I found the prose, at times, too family friendly I am not a fan of vulgarity for vulgarity s sake, but there were times when I would have preferred stronger language and expressions I think that a person like Hemingway and likely Jack, based on his character would not hold back on cursing This is a writer s preference, but I am a big fan of realism I know this is really a sort of magical realism here, but you understand Sadly, there are a lot of reviewers and readers who will attack an author for using strong language, but it felt almost like it was missing at times There were moments that just felt tame or underachieved because of the PG feel to the overall story.My biggest challenge with the book, however, is something that is 100% personal and is probably limited to a small population of readers Because I have degrees in literature and writing and I have taught both subjects, I have an extensive knowledge of the writers of the 1920 s Winton does a fantastic job weaving in Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, and others alongside Hemingway however, because I didn t need an introduction, there were large chunks of exposition that felt like they were taking away from deeper connections to those characters This is absolutely my issue the average reader probably actually doesn t know or doesn t remember from high school English that F Scott Fitzgerald was named for Francis Scott Key, a distant relative For me, the inclusion of this fact was unnecessary and I wanted a deeper level of inside jokes about the era For most readers, this is actually ideal as it stands.I really enjoyed this book and I am glad I purchased it As soon as I saw it mentioned on Facebook, I picked it up, because I had to read it Even if you aren t a Hemingway fan, the story is about self identity and self discovery and is certainly a much needed philosophical look at how we live our lives In fact, if you don t know much about Hemingway, you won t be nearly as focused on those details as I was Check it out.I give this book 3.5 totally biased whiskey and cigars out of 5.

  10. says:

    I try to review fairly But I goofed and must atone for it I misread the ad for this book It was the author s other book that was compared to CITR and TKAM While most of my review is focussed on what was between the sheets, I can t deny my goof influenced me I m bumping this up to a low 4 The original review below Four Days is an nice book with a unique premise, but it is not the next Catcher in the Rye or To Kill a Mockingbird as advertised If you re looking for social epiphanies, look elsewhere This story is about Jack Phalen s potential and an unclear atonement for Ernest Hemingway s life that I never did quite understand The author has woven his version of the magical dream that many novelists have about writing a killer first novel and pulling their financial situation out of the fire by some miracle of divine intervention here supplied by Papa He helps Jack believe over a four day period in his innate abilities as a writer with very, very thin skin while he clings to life in a coma caused by his own stubbornness.I m not a Hemingway expert, but the story needed to delve deeper into Hemingway s life to raise this story to its lofty goals Only the time spent in Cuba truly seemed filled with some magic and insight Interesting dead people pop up during Jack s coma induced journey with Papa, and though at times it felt like name dropping, some characters reinforced common writing tips Jack needs should he decided to remain amongst the living and write rather than go to the hereafter However, the choice to remain never seemed in doubt.And here s where Jack s journey falls off the map for me I didn t care for the whiney Jack upon his return, the Jack who feels he s a modern day Job, beset by the recent economic difficulties while contemplating larceny when things get tight, needing not so subtle reminders that he s broken bread with a 50 year dead Ernest Hemingway and been in the unseen presence of the Lord As a writer reader, I m a bit put off by Jack s hubris in dashing off a book, expecting instant success, and well, you ll not get the unrealistic spoiler from me Suffice to say, I was left with a less than solid message from a book about messages Four Days is a straddler For some uniqueness and magic upfront, it could garner a four, but taking the whole book, it rates a top notch 3 and that s not too bad.

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