"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees
3.5 stars. I enjoyed the parts where Hemingway explained his writing method. I liked those little glimpses into an author's mind. I did think, though, that the writing felt cold and detached at times. But I loved how Hemingway described 1920s Paris, the sights and scenes, the cafes where he wrote, the change of seasons. I wish I could go to Sylvia Beach's bookstore and library Shakespeare & Co.
I'm currently reading The Paris Wife about Hemingway's first wife Hadley, and a friend recommended me to read this along with it. This one was much shorter and I felt it might be better to finish it first before continuing TPW. It was interesting because to me the way Hadley was portrayed in this book was rather one-dimensional, and TPW presented what could have been her version of events.
At least now I can say that I've read something of Hemingway aside from "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place". Maybe I'll read more of him. I don't think I'll read his war books, though.