By Charles M Oliver
A consultant to the lifestyles and works of Ernest Hemingway, a good American author. It comprises the textual content of the acclaimed Ernest Hemingway A to Z, reorganized right into a student-friendly layout. it is also severe remark of Hemingway's novels and significant brief tales; examining lists; a biography; and illustrations.
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Still thinking about Saturday’s events, Cantwell remembers his fourth heart attack, after he had called Renata in the morning: Coming out of the telephone booth he suddenly did not feel good and then he felt as though the devil had him in an iron cage, built like an iron lung or an iron maiden, and he walked, grayfaced, to the concierge’s desk and said, in Italian, “Domenico, lco, could you get me a glass of water, please”? . and he took four tablets of the type that you take two, and he continued resting as lightly as a hawk rests.
So do I,” said the Colonel. ” His business is the army, but he’s not talking about retiring; he’s talking about death. Still thinking about Saturday’s events, Cantwell remembers his fourth heart attack, after he had called Renata in the morning: Coming out of the telephone booth he suddenly did not feel good and then he felt as though the devil had him in an iron cage, built like an iron lung or an iron maiden, and he walked, grayfaced, to the concierge’s desk and said, in Italian, “Domenico, lco, could you get me a glass of water, please”?
At the highest level, the novel is a psychological study of the hero dying. Cantwell is like any other hero beyond his heroism and no longer a hero except to his close friends who are still glad of his presence, yet the hero who sells his soul by the minute to those events that not even his clear memory can imitate or recover. The lost heroism is in the surface meaning of the story, within the memory of Cantwell. But the emotions he feels and attempts to control as he lives his last few hours are in the seven-eighths of the iceberg (see THEORY OF OMISSION).