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Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway is a memoir about the famous writer's trip to East Africa for a safari. He was accompanied by his wife and friends from Florida. The themes of the book are varied, but the most consistent theme is the way of life of the local people. He describes the local trackers accompanying him during hunts and describes their methods.

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The portrait of a present-day Tanzania and Kenya during the 1930s shows a culture that values tradition whilst coming to grips with colonial forces and Westernization. However, the book explores the inner life of Hemingway as well. The conscious and subconscious mechanisms of Hemingway's psyche are displayed outside of his fictional work.

When examining the literary work of Hemingway, the reader could only get fragments of the author's psychological profile. There are exaggerations of the self in fictional work, because the genre gives writers a creative license. In Green Hills of Africa, the observations and thoughts—from his opinions on contemporary writers to the American expat community—of Hemingway are raw, thus giving readers a clearer portrait of the man behind the literary masterpieces.

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