Sadly, it’s been quite a long time since I’ve read any Ernest Hemingway, however in the back of my head there is something that keeps nagging me, trying to remember what is was exactly, the four things a man must do to demonstrate their manliness – in other words, what was Hemingway’s Bucket List. There is one short list in particular floating about – Plant a tree, Write a novel, Fight a bull, Father a son – that it appears, no matter how hard we look there is no direct attribution for, although it seems very Hemingway-esque. That being said, those four items are all very admirable and worthwhile. That middle one “fight a bull” might be a little tough these days.
That being said, in “Across the River and Into the Trees” there is another bucket list by Hemingway, or at least by one character, Colonel Richard Cantwell, “live life to the fullest, love passionately, kill cleanly, and die courageously”. These can all be translated however we seem fit in current times, but is good general list if not recipe for life in general, something that by all accounts Hemingway was quite good at.