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It was his first novel in ten years, and he had claimed to friends that it was his best yet. Critics, however, disagreed and called the work the worst thing Hemingway had ever written. Many readers claimed it read like a parody of Hemingway.
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The control and precision of his earlier prose seemed to be lost beyond recovery. The huge success of The Old Man and the Sea, published in , was a much-needed vindication. The novella won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and it likely cinched the Nobel Prize for Hemingway in , as it was cited for particular recognition by the Nobel Academy.
It was the last novel published in his lifetime. Because Hemingway was a writer who always relied heavily on autobiographical sources, some critics, not surprisingly, eventually decided that the novella served as a thinly veiled attack upon them.
According to this reading, Hemingway was the old master at the end of his career being torn apart by—but ultimately triumphing over—critics on a feeding frenzy. More on her later. At one point, we even see the real Warren sitting in a car with Peters playing the version of himself.
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How Layton finds abundant humor in this is pretty close to remarkable. Well, at least you do until their scheme takes a dark turn. I, too, was troubled, but not enough to completely dismiss what turns out to be a very clever twist on the exhausted heist genre. These kids, who had everything to gain from their privileged upbringings, literally throw it all away by trying to fulfill a movie-inspired fantasy. Both budding stars are uncanny in portraying two youngsters whose drive and ambition far outrun their sense of civility.
Yet, they render Spence and Walter just naive enough for us to comprehend the childish wonder motivating them. Just ask Betty Jean Gooch, the librarian they tased, bound and gagged.