Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Your Thing to Ponder (It Still Will Rain)

Am I the only person in the world who thinks the last chapter of Death In The Afternoon can stand on its own as a beautiful piece of writing? This is the last part of that last chapter. 

Hemingway's was the "lost generation". I think mine is too.

"I know things change now and I do not care. It's all been changed for me. Let it all change. We'll all be gone before it's changed too much and if no deluge comes when we are gone it still will rain in summer in the north and hawks will nest in the Cathedral at Santiago and in La Granja, where we practiced with the cape on the long gravelled paths between the shadows, it makes no difference if the fountains play or not. We never will ride back from Toledo in the dark, washing the dust out with Fundador, nor will there be that week of what happened in the night in that July in Madrid. We've seen it all go and we'll watch it go again. The great thing is to last and get your work done and see and hear and learn and understand; and write when there is something that you know; and not before; and not too damned much after. Let those who want to save the world if you can get to see it clear and as a whole. Then any part you make will represent the whole if it's made truly. The thing to do is work and learn to make it. No. It is not enough of a book; but still there were a few things to be said. There were a few practical things to be said." - Ernest Hemingway

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