cOlbert's Book Club - Better Know a Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway was a rugged man's man and legendary sportsman, but he spent the first six years of his life dressed as a girl. (4:03)

HEMINGWAY WAS A MASTER OF PROSE.

FAMOUS FOR HIS SHORT UNADORNEDSENTENCES.

A STYLE EMULATED BY MANY ANDPERFECTED BY A FEW LIKE THE

INCREDIBLE HULK.

HULK SMASH, CLASSIC HEMINGWAY.

HEMINGWAY HAS SO MANY GREATNOVELS I'M WILLING TO TELL

PEOPLE I HAVE READ THE OLD MANIN THE SEA TO WHOM THE BELL

TOLLS ABOUT A MAN WAITING FOR ASIGNAL THAT HIS MICROWAVE

BURRITO IS DONE.

TRAGICALLY THE INSIDE IS STILLCOLD.

TONIGHT I WILL SIT DOWN WITHAUTHOR MICHAEL CHABON TO DISCUSS

AU"A FAREWELL TO ARMS" AN EPICSSTALE

OF LOVE, WAR, LOYALTY AND DEATH.

IT'S THE "HUNGER GAMES" WITHMUSTARD GAS.

FIRST LET'S GET TO KNOW THE MANBEHIND THE MARLIN CARCASS.

IN PART ONE BETTER KNOW AHEMINGWAY.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY.

HE WAS BORN IN OAK PARK,ILLINOIS IN 1899.

HE HAD A UNUSUAL BOYHOOD.

IN THAT IT WAS PART GIRLHOOD.

FOR THE FIRST SIX YEARS OF HISLIFE HIS MOTHER DRESSED HIM AS A

GIRL CALLING HIM ERNESTENE WHICHHE IN NO WAY SPENT THE REST OF

HIS LIFE COMPENSATING FOR.

AT 18 HE VOLUNTEERED FOR WORLDWAR I AS A AMBULANCE DRIVER ON

THE ITALIAN FRONT WHERE HEWAS WOUNDED BY MORTAR FIRE BUT

HE STILL CARRIED A SOLDIER TOHSAFETY, FOR WHICH HE RECEIVED

THE ITALIAN MEDAL OF BRAVERY ANDUNLIMITED BREADSTICKS.

AFTER THE WAR HEMINGWAYJOINED A GROUP OF EX PATRIOTS IN

PARIS INCLUDING F SCOTTFITZGERALD, JAMES JOYCE AND

OWEN WILSON.

IN 1926 HE PUBLISHED HIS FIRSTNOVEL "THE SUN ALSO RISES" BASED

ON RUNNING WITH THE BULLS.

IT'S CONSIDERED HIS GREATESTWORK.

SOME HOW HE MANAGED TO TYPE ITWHILE FLEEING BULLS.

THREE YEARS LATER HE FINISHEDTONIGHT'S BOOK "A FAREWELL TO

ARMS."

IT ADDRESSES THE QUESTION, IFYOU SAY FAREWELL TO YOUR ARMS,

WHAT DO YOU WAVE TO SAY GOODBYE?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE][CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> YOU KNOW THE NICE THING ABOUTSANGRIA IS YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT

IT WILL LOOK LIKE WHEN YOU THROWIT UP.

[ APPLAUSE ]>> Stephen: THAT'S CALLED

FORESHADOWING.

[LAUGHING]>> Stephen: WHEN WORLD WAR II

BEGAN HEMINGWAY RETURNED AS AJOURNALIST.

HE WAS BUSY LANDING A MARLIN ATSEA AND NEVER GOT OFF THE

VESSEL.

HE WAS A LEGENDARY SPORTS MANAND HUNTER.

HIS BIG GAME TROPHIES INCLUDE ARHINO, A LION AND A LEOPARD.

THESE WERE THE BASIS FOR HISBOOK

"I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL BARBAR."

THE YEARS OF HARD LIVING TOOKTHEIR TOLL ON PAPA.

HE DIED FROM A SELF INFLICTEDGUN SHOT WOUND.

SADLY THE KILLER WAS NEVERFOUND.

52 YEARS LATER ERNESTHEMINGWAY'S WORKS ARE CHERISHED

BY READERS, WRITERS AND ANYONEWHO HATES ADJECTIVES.

WHEN WE RETURN I WILL BE JOINEDBY ANOTHER PULITZER PRIZE

WINNING AUTHOR, MICHAEL

CHABON. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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