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Hemingway supplement: 'The Brave Bulls' by Tom Lea

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This is a great read, a study of the Mexican bullfight scene. Not so swaggeringly terse and 'up against it' in style as Hemingway, naturally, but full of atmosphere, character sketches and detail on the history, scenario and the backroom negotiations and promotion of the corrida. Also a study of a matador who loses his cool and his bravery: suddenly, in front of the horns and a jeering audience, he discovers that this is the thing he least wishes to do in the world. A little later in the afternoon though, when his brother has been gored, he finds the gall to go on--and achieves a big triumph. It reads pretty sweet, after the cushions have come raining down, amongst other things. First printed 1950.