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10 Manly Books to Honor Hemingway's Death

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s death. Say what you will about the man, but he was a literary force of nature, and we’re honoring him with a list of ten of the manliest books on record. For those of you who have a sense of humor, you might want to pick up Marty Beckerman’s e-book, The Heming Way, whose subtitle is “How to Unleash the Booze-Inhaling, Animal-Slaughtering, War-Glorifying, Hairy-Chested, Retro-Sexual Legend Within… Just Like Papa!” In the book, we follow Papa’s rules for living, and are goaded on to rally against the soft, doughy, neutered American male of our times. Only through beer swilling, hand-to-hand combat will we begin to know our virile, primordial inner male. So buck up, kids, and enjoy these offerings, or we will fight you.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

We have to begin with Papa because this novel is set in both Paris and Pamplona and revels in overindulgence, anomie, and bull running. Jake Barnes is our woeful narrator, who is desperately in love with a sexually liberated Brit named Brett, but is unable to have a lasting relationship with her because he is impotent. What’s a man to do, but travel to Spain and drink himself to death and fight with his friends?

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What - no Jack Kerouac?  What's more manly than "On The Road" or even better "Lonesome Traveller" where one man hits the road, all by himself, or travels in the company of other boozing, womanizing men?  Or Alexander Dumas "The Count of Monte Cristo" about a sailor wrongfully imprisoned, who makes a daring escape off of prison fortress on an ISLAND - then returns to France to take revenge on all those who wronged him.  What's more manly than vengeance?  How about Robert E. Howard's "A Which Shall Be Born" in which Conan the Barbarian survives being crucified - and while nailed to a cross he sees vultures circling, offers up his chin, and when a vulture swoops in and takes a strip of his flesh, Conan wheels his head down and bites the vultures neck, killing it - i don't think a manlier scene has ever been written in all of heroic literature.  Not a novel, but the Alex Raymond "Flash Gordon" newspaper comics, about a manly American hero, who goes to a planet ruled by a dictatorial Emperor, whom at first becomes his enemy, but who then makes Flash a King of his most savage constituents, but then Flash starts a world-wide rebellion, to institute a democratic...er....a democratic monarchy.  Well, it all makes sense when you read it, and really, these days, America isn't much more than a democratic

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