“First published in 1970, nine years after Hemingway’s death, this is the story of an artist and an adventurer — a man much like Hemingway himself. Beginning in the 1930’s, Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson, from his experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini through his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II.”

The novel comes in three sections–the first one, “Bimini” is lovely and heartbreaking. The second, “Cuba,” is a tad long, and the third, “At Sea,” is also long but good. I want to rob Hemingway blind–his sentences are the best. The main character is a painter but there are good lines about writing in it. The islands and the fish and the sky and the sea are crisp and beautiful.