Stories About Cats Day, Part II
Today seems to be a day for reading stories revolving around cats. Earlier today I posted on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat", a story I really liked. I last read a work by Hemingway (1899 to 1961-USA) about a year ago when I read and posted on "Hills Like Elephants" and "A Clean, Well Light Place. (There is some background information on Hemingway in my prior post.) I would say I am sort of ambivalent in my attitude toward Hemingway. In part he seems a bit of a poseur. The women in his work seem to exist only as they relate to a dominate man who they try to please. Some times I like his minimalistic prose and at times I find it tiresome, almost boring. As a personal note unrelated to the quality of his work I find some of the subject matter of his work-hunting and fishing trips-distasteful. At times I also think Hemingway is a very powerful story teller who creates a world in a few lines. Historically he is important and many people love him.
"A Cat in the Rain" is set in Italy. There are only two real characters in the story, an American couple on a vacation. I think the fact that the couple are Americans is somehow meant to suggest that the man is a bit of a brute. We sense the woman is not getting the love she feels she needs and is entitled to from the man. She spots a cat outside in the rain and she starts saying she wishes she could have the cat for a pet. She clearly knows the man does not want this and is simply trying to force his attention onto her. I did enjoy the ending when the woman's bluff is called and we see her absurdity. I will say I am glad I read this story. It took me only a few minutes. I think I need to read more Hemingway.