Hemingway's Chair (英語) ペーパーバック – 1999/6
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Martin Sproale is a mild, conventional assistant postmaster living in a small English coastal town, the only exceptional thing about him being his obsession with Ernest Hemingway. This is confined harmlessly enough to an encyclopaedic knowledge of everything about the man and to living in a room surrounded by Hemingway memorabilia. But when an ambitious young outsider, Nick Marshall, is appointed postmaster over Martin and starts to transform the friendly local post office for privatization and the high-tech challenges of the 21st century, Martin is faced with a choice--to go along with the drastic changes, or to be like his hero and fight for what he believes in. Egged on by an American scholar, Ruth Kohler, who is living nearby while completing a book in Hemingway, Martin allows his obsession to take over more and more of his life, culminating in a final, reckless act of revenge against the ruthless modernizers. --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。
"His book is well paced, his prose carefully hewn, his characters fully developed and convincingly human. And his comic timing is impeccable." --The Washington Post
"This book's strengths are...its dry, deftly understated wit; its careful plot and character construction; its clever, on-the-money dialogue...Those pleasures carry you a long way." --The New York Times Book Review
"Funnyman Palin brings a light touch to this yarn, treating his characters and their many weaknesses with an affection that will have readers rooting for his unlikely hero." --Publishers Weekly
"The spirit of Hemingway is evident in Palin's prose." --The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
Martin's quiet and safe life is turned upside down when the Postmaster retires and the new Postmaster, Nick Marshall arrives with big plans for the Post Office. Martin's meeting of an American, female author who is writing a book on Hemingway also complicates the situation.
Unusual subject matter but, the author paints the situation for us vividly. I think that many people could identify with Martin's bewilderment as his quiet life suddenly experiences the upheaval of technological revolution.
I expected a bit more on the humor side but it did not take away from the book itself. It was a read I am glad I read.. I half way expected Martin to mimic or even pretend he was Hemingway, I have since concluded that Martin was in awe of Hemingway... He wanted to be like him but not actually become him; for knowledge he would never have been as great..
I cringed at the thought of a big corporation coming in and changing a small rural area... the people, their lifestyles and whom they would have become. The touch of the big modern way touched this little town; Martin and others fought back. I liked this bit of history that probably happened more times than we care to admit. It gave the plot a more of a human touch and reached out and gave us a thought to ponder when it comes to our own small towns and the businesses we let in. The biggest problem I had with the book is the fact it is so drawn out in places; I struggled to wade through the pages to get at the good parts. It was as if I stepped in mud, struggled to pull my foot out and the shoe came off; but alas, I kept at it.
I bought this book via Amazon.com
This will mainly appeal to Hemingway afficianadoes, but also to admirers of Palin's writings as well. His marvelous TV travel series and companion book about Hemingway's Adventures serve him well in this charming book and his own respect and passion for Papa is evident throughout.