I closed out the 2016 Summer Reading Program with this book (#62 on the Top 100 books of the 20th century). It's just getting too dark too early to do any reading out on the patio. That will be especially true after this weekend and the end of DST. It seemed that it took an eternity to read the book which clocked in at just under 1000 pages. It was a big hit when it came out in the early 50's and of course was immediately made into the Hollywood blockbuster. The book is much more raw and gritty than the movie. They probably had to tone things way down to get the movie past the censors. That's OK. Both pieces or art can stand on their own. There are a couple of references to Hemmingway in the book, and I think the author must have been greatly influenced by him. I'm traveling back in time to my high school English class where we discussed "the Hemmingway hero" who was always a manly man. The characters in the book are the same way. They are all hard drinking tough guys looking for sex and gambling. There are no real heroes in the story. Everyone seems lost, looking for something they don't even know what. One thing that I found interesting was that the author used real place names in Hawaii to give his story authenticity. In one scene the character that would be played by Frank Sinatra in the movie gets arrested for fighting with some MPs. The fight takes place right around the corner from the current Embassy Suites hotel where we stayed last year. Of course things were much different back then in 1941. So I may read a book here and there over the next few months, but I'll probably turn my attention to finishing up the Top 100 movies over the Winter.