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Ernest Hemingway: A Biography [Kindle Edition]

Payton Guion
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ABOUT THE BOOK

In arguably his most famous work, Ernest Hemingway wrote, “A man can be destroyed, but not defeated.” It is perhaps this single line from The Old Man and the Sea that gives the most insight into the mind of one of the greatest writers in American history.

Hemingway was a man who rejected defeat at every opportunity. He was a man whose desire to be the best won him respect, but also lost him friends. He lived his life the way he wanted, rarely stopping to apologize. Even in death, Hemingway proved his determination, trying to take his own life at least twice before he ultimately succeeded with the final blast of a shotgun.

Hemingway served as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in WWI. While in Italy on duty, he decided that he was not near enough to the action and went closer to the front. Just as he got to the front, an enemy mortar shell exploded in close proximity to Hemingway. Despite being injured in the blast, Ernest found a young Italian soldier who was severely hurt and carried him to safety, taking several rounds of machine gun fire to his leg. For his bravery, Hemingway was awarded the Italian silver medal of valor.

While in the hospital still recovering from his injuries, Hemingway fell in love with a nurse named Agnes von Kurowsky. Ernest had to return to America, but he vowed that one day he would marry von Kurowsky. It was not to be, however, as Hemingway received a letter only months after returning home saying that his love had fallen for an Italian officer. He was devastated, and his initial broken heart may explain why he made a habit out of leaving women before they could leave him. Hemingway was married four times and had affairs in each of his marriages.

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Hemingway was a man who rejected defeat at every opportunity. He was a man whose desire to be the best won him respect, but also lost him friends. He lived his life the way he wanted, rarely stopping to apologize. Even in death, Hemingway proved his determination, trying to take his own life at least twice before he ultimately succeeded with the final blast of a shotgun.

Hemingway served as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in WWI. While in Italy on duty, he decided that he was not near enough to the action and went closer to the front. Just as he got to the front, an enemy mortar shell exploded in close proximity to Hemingway. Despite being injured in the blast, Ernest found a young Italian soldier who was severely hurt and carried him to safety, taking several rounds of machine gun fire to his leg. For his bravery, Hemingway was awarded the Italian silver medal of valor.

While in the hospital still recovering from his injuries, Hemingway fell in love with a nurse named Agnes von Kurowsky. Ernest had to return to America, but he vowed that one day he would marry von Kurowsky. It was not to be, however, as Hemingway received a letter only months after returning home saying that his love had fallen for an Italian officer. He was devastated, and his initial broken heart may explain why he made a habit out of leaving women before they could leave him. Hemingway was married four times and had affairs in each of his marriages.

Hemingway would again pick up arms and join in the fighting in both the Spanish Civil War and World War II, winning another medal in the latter. He befriended bullfighters in Spain, was present for the invasion of Normandy, and established his name in literature among the giants of the day in Paris. He survived a violent car crash in America, two plane crashes in Africa, and was feared dead when he spent 17 days lost at sea in the Caribbean before returning home with fantastic tales of adventure.

Even without his writing, Hemingway's life would be a tale worth telling, but the experiences throughout his life inspired him to write the classics we have come to know him by...

...buy the book to read more!


Product Details

  • File Size: 152 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hyperink - Ernest Hemingway Bio (July 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QPHOGE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible waste of time October 9, 2012
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Waste of money, poorly written. Nothing in this that you could not find in a basic web search. If you want information on Hemmingway's life do yourself a favor, find yourself someone who is able to write a real biography. This one is very sub-standard.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the price!! June 28, 2014
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This seemed more to me like a magazine article than a book!!! Unfortunately, i did not read the reviews before purchasing the book!!! If i had, i would have searched for a better biography specially having just left the Hemingway museum in Key West.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star August 21, 2014
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Disappointing book, not really worth the time, certainly not the money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14, 2014
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Nicely done! Enjoyable
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ernest Hemingway biography by P Guion February 26, 2014
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A pretty good synopses of Ernest Hemingway. Read like a college paper. Informative but not the biography I was looking for. Instead of an outline I was hoping for a bit more depth.
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