Legendary author Ernest Hemingway's nonfiction masterpiece Death in the Afternoon has been called the finest book ever written about bullfighting. Hemingway once described bullfighting as decadent in every way. But after immersing himself in the culture, he began to see the sport as an art form. ". not only a careful, even a meticulous explanation of the way bull-fighting is done, but is also a picturing of the spirit in which it is done and seen."-New York Times
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"Hemingway's passion for bullfighting is perfectly mirrored in the strong narration of Boyd Gaines. The author's portrait of the men who step into coliseums filled with cheering fans to face possible injury and death may seem a bit dated, but Gaines delivers all the intricacies of the sport with the immediacy of a season that had just ended. Fans of the great writer will find the writing style and vivid imagery deftly delivered. The author is obviously impressed with men facing death, and Gaines does a wonderful job of creating drama and tension as the conflict of man versus animal plays out to its ultimate conclusion. R.O. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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