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Intimate Biography of Hemingway,
This review is from: Papa Hemingway (Paperback)
Anything I say here will simply detract from this wonderful book, so I will keep it short. I've read a number of Hemingway biographies, but this is unquestionably the best. Hotchner only new Ernest for approximately the last 14 years of his life, so if you're looking for a comprehensive biography, try elsewhere (I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending any of the other Hemingway bios I've read). What Hotchner can give us is a portrait of Papa (Hemingway) from the perspective of a very close and dear friend (Hotchner hunted and travelled with Papa, helped edit and publish his books and essays, and even named A Moveable Feast). And Hotchner is no fool. He knows that Hemingway had a propensity towards exaggeration, and seems to have a pretty good B.S. detector.
If you want all the facts, and want to know everything Hemingway ever did, read one of the opuses written by a college professor who got all of his or her information third-hand. If you want to know what Hemingway the man was like, read this book.
After finishing, I think it is fair to say that Hemingway's most tragic character turned out to be himself. Read this book.
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Initial post: Jun 23, 2011 6:11:30 PM PDT
I think you meant "knew" not "new." The rest is very helpful.
Posted on Jun 2, 2012 11:02:17 PM PDT
Well said. Gonna buy.
Posted on Aug 13, 2012 7:39:11 PM PDT
Francis J. Byrne says:
Although may be an exceptional spell checker, most if not all readers, do not need the help.
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