By Bart Paul
Commitment; creation - the choice ACT ONE: 1 -The Bull; 2 - Que Viva Mexico; three - The knowledge of the Aztec ACT : four - El Nino de los angeles Synagoga; five - thank you, Ma; 6 - Yanqui Flamenco; 7 - demise within the afternoon -with beverages and dinner to stick to; eight - To the ear; nine - demanding instances ACT 3: 10 - the large Parade; eleven - an exceptional Romance; 12 - The Beard; thirteen - The grasp Horn; 14- The Sword; 15 - Separate Trails; sixteen - Hemingway's homosexual Blade; 17 - The Alternativa; 18 - the hot guy; 19 - Servalavari; 20 - Recuerdos; 21 - Sol y Sombra Acknowledgements; Notes; Bibliography
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Additional info for Double-edged sword : the many lives of Hemingway's friend, the American matador Sidney Franklin
The young writer traveled with Sidney for a time in Mexico as he toured with an American protégé. She extensively interviewed Sidney’s former friend Ernest Hemingway in Ketchum, Idaho, in December 1947 for the article — the first that would appear in the magazine under her own byline. The persona of Sidney that comes through in “El Único Matador” is brash, confident, slangy, eccentric, and boastful — a true American character. He also occasionally appears, if not foolish, at least lacking in self-awareness.
He had seen them scrunch up their faces as they sighted down the sword at the charging horns on the bicycle wheel when they rehearsed their sword thrusts. For Sidney there would be no practice. Behind the barrera, Juan Espinosa and Sidney’s own banderilleros quickly gave him a run-through of what was expected of him. Then, there was nothing for him to do but go out and kill the bull. By this, the third act, the animal has been weakened by the pica and the banderillas, but he has probably learned a thing or two as well.
It is all part of the ritual of transformation. Once Sidney actually squeezed his robust frame into the suit and saw himself in the mirror, it was love at first sight. ” Like Narcissus staring at his image in the pond, or perhaps more accurately, 32 _ The Wisdom of the Aztecs like Peter O’Toole in the film Lawrence Of Arabia entranced by his reflection in the blade of a dagger the first time he puts on his virginally white Arabian burnoose, Sidney saw himself in his suit of lights as a man transformed.