Here’s what H.R. Stoneback, president of The Ernest Hemingway Foundation & Society and author of Reading Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Hemingway’s Paris: Our Paris? has to say about my soon-to-be-released book This Will Make a Man of You.
These days Hemingway is more popular than ever. As attested by an endless flood of books and movies, Hemingway is many things to many people. Yet, all too often, the very thing that writers on Hemingway try to say gets unsaid in the saying of it, maybe because the writer does not listen to the codified silence between and behind Hemingway’s words. In this remarkable book, Frank Miniter heeds that silence and the code that informs it. He loves his Hemingway, seeks to be instructed in the passion and precision that are the benchmarks of Hemingway’s work and world. Follow Miniter’s quest, his pilgrimage to wrest a code for living and a redefinition of such words—so vexed in the 21st century—as meaning and manhood. If you care about fresh views of Hemingway, our most popular and enduring writer; about manhood and womanhood (or personhood, humanhood); about honor and values and what William Faulkner called the eternal verities, what Hemingway called the real old things—you should be reading this book now. And be sure to check out the Appendix (entitled “Codes of Honor”), where Miniter includes statements of various Codes, from The Bible to Gene Autry’s Cowboy Code of Honor, from Buddhism’s Eight Precepts to the U. S. Marine Corps Creed. The appendix alone is worth the price of admission. The rest is not silence but life.