Reading Hemingway’s Across the River and into the Trees: Glossary and Commentary
Annotates and comments, often line by line, on familiar and obscure details and allusions to provide a comprehensive guide to the people, places, things, events and other references found in Across the River and into the Trees. Entries are arranged chronologically as they appear in the novel and correspond to the page numbers of Scribner’s 1996 paperback edition so that readers can easily consult the guide as they read the novel chapter by chapter. General readers and scholars alike will appreciate the thoroughness and helpfulness of this close reading which opens with commentary on the novel’s title and closes on Ronald Jackson’s final words. Cirino’s extensive commentary aims to demonstrate how a deeper understanding of Across the River and into the Trees, with its familiar Hemingway themes of love, war, and the role of the artist, helps us to better understand his recognized masterpieces such as The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and The Old Man and the Sea. Cirino’s introduction surveys the novel’s composition and publication history, and contemporary critical reception. Includes helpful maps and index.