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Stephen Colbert’s Book Club Takes on Hemingway (Video)

Stephen Colbert's Book Club Takes on Hemingway (Video)

Ernest Hemingway — genius writer or macho cliche? Or both?  Stephen Colbert’s latest installment of The
Colbert Book Club, lovingly and admittedly stolen from Oprah, lets you choose. The host puts on a safari jacket, holds a gun and swigs from a wineskin
while pretending to have read A Farewell
to Arms.

And in his role as literary critic and book club leader, he
extolls the virtues of Hemingway’s pared-down prose, unequaled by anyone except
the Incredible Hulk. As he reminds us: ” ‘Hulk smash.’ Classic Hemingway.” 

Take a look at these segments from The Colbert Report. The
two introductory segments are pricelessly funny, whether you adore Hemingway or
think he’s a blight on civilization. (Personally, I think A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises are always worth revisiting. They’re not The Great Gatsby, but you can’t have everything.) 

As always, Colbert is better than anyone
at truly loving, on-target satire. 

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He also has a fine, manly, Hemingwayesque, conversation with
Michael Chabon, and a witty one with Mariel Hemingway. You can watch the entire
episode at  colbertnation.com

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