Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

..."Compie turned his head and there, ahead, all he could see, as wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square top of Kilimanjaro. And then he knew that there was where he was going"...

It was a passage from one of Hemingway's most famous short stories that was made into a film in 1952 staring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner. Compie was Compton, a character in his story.

What Compie (Hemingway) saw would have looked like this picture taken in 1930:

Hemingway wrote the story in the early 30's though it was published in 1961 in a collection together with other short stories. "Snows", many say, is arguably Hemingway's best short story.

If Hemingway were alive today, he could not have written that passage. Take a look at Mt Kilimanjaro today:

This picture was in today's NY Times here.

The rightwing folks in today's radicalized Republican Party in USA, continue to believe global warming is either yet another sissy Democratic party nonsense or a communist plot -- whichever fits.

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