- Hardcover: 697 pages
- Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons: NY (1969)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1122020678
- ISBN-13: 978-1122020671
- ASIN: B000H9OYAG
- Package Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My only disappointment was that it ends abruptly with his suicide. I would have liked a little afterward for better resolution.
Also, he doesn't mention much about the acrimonious relationships he had with his sons, which is not surprising since all three of them were pretty much thrown under the bus by both sets of parents. The sons paid a strong price, considering how all three turned out to be fairly disturbed individuals like their father.
In short, I highly recommend this biography as a good source, but I am look forward to reading other sources just to get more than one perspective.
One short aside, my next bio is by Hotchner and I noticed that Baker a couple of times denigrates this author as being completely snowed by Hemingway so I'll be interested to see what quality that biography is, whether Baker was trying to warn the reader or simply discredit Hotchner.
This is a large book and so far I happy with the details it fills in before and after Hadley and up until his death. It paints a clear picture of the events and times that shaped Hemingway's perspective and ultimately his writing.The book reads well and I'm almost finished and already am wishing there were more photos included.
Also, I feel that his so called mental illness is not recorded correctly....and that there is more we need to know. For starters, the awful shock treatments - how these could have affected his brain, hence his behavior....we will learn more as science probes. So, to make him out to be crazy is a pathetic excuse of an effort to learn about the real fellow by focusing on this negative, when there is so much more to his character, his personality. Also, I chose to read that which does not suffer the editorial rights of Mary Hemingway!!!!! She did not approve of Hotchner's book - made me really want to run out and buy it, and that I did. An absolute must! Thank you Hotch!