Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway

Green Hills of Africa

By Ernest Hemingway

  • Publication Date: 2002-07-25
  • Genre: Travel & Adventure
4 Score: 4 (From 48 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

"There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things, and because it takes a man's life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave."

In the winter of 1933, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Pauline set out on a two-month safari in the big-game country of East Africa, camping out on the great Serengeti Plain at the foot of magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro. "I had quite a trip," the author told his friend Philip Percival, with characteristic understatement.
Green Hills of Africa is Hemingway's account of that expedition, of what it taught him about Africa and himself. Richly evocative of the region's natural beauty, tremendously alive to its character, culture, and customs, and pregnant with a hard-won wisdom gained from the extraordinary situations it describes, it is widely held to be one of the twentieth century's classic travelogues.

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Latest User Reviews

  • Reality is stranger than fiction

    By monuments
    What can I say? It's Hemingway. I have been to Africa and felt its magical magnetic pull on my soul, so I get it. But I could never express it the way Papa does. I'm not a fan of shooting animals except with cameras, but concede it was a different time then; and he had respect for the creatures and a love for the land. His descriptions of the countryside, people, animals and of the hunt were spot on; but what I also found fascinating were his discussions of other writers - his contemporaries and those who preceded them. This is a must-read book. What took me so long to get around to reading it? Ah! My newfound fascination with Africa. I wish I could have known it as Papa did.
  • Wrong numbers

    By Siri.E
    The chapter numbers wrong and made navigating the book confusing.