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Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life Paperback – August 12, 2004
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This is likely to be the standard text on Gellhorn's life. It is complete, readable, and doesn't pull any punches. You get Gellhorn, warts and all, and there are plenty of warts. There was a lot of information here that I hadn't known, and wouldn't have guessed. It may even be too much information. I think I may know more about Gellhorn now than I really wanted to.
Martha Gellhorn was a terrific war reporter, a great non-fiction writer, a competent author of fiction, and a fascinating person. Moorehead's biography captures all that and is well worth your time.
H.G. Wells. In reading this biography one also acquires a feel for the politics of the era and its history...the Spanish Civil War, World WarII, and even the Vietnam War. History becomes most interesting reading in this superb biography.
She withstood hardship in several countries as part of her task in gathering facts and writing news pieces.
Prior to meeting Hemingway in Florida in 1935, Martha had numerous love affairs and a few aborted pregnacies. Sex came easily to this tall leggy blonde but love was more elusive. She did not enjoy sex and more than once sought medical advice.
In Paris, pre-war she wrote..."No one reached out for me, really, not for what I wanted or wanted to become, but grabbed for my body...It was never any good. The only part I ever liked was arms around me and an illlusion of tenderness."
During their affair and short marriage, Martha and Hemingway fought and were openly unhappy. And what did not help was they were professional contestents - Hemingway striving to outdo Martha, with the advantage he was alreadly a leader, well known in journalistic circles.
Martha became well known after splitting with Heminway and endured further relationships which in the end went nowhere. She continued to write, and was heavily in demand as a lecturer. Travel remained her passion.
Ill health eventually took its toll but she lived until 1998 a which time she quietly suicided.
This book takes an in depth look at a strong woman and her performances stand out on every page. This is a book you will want to share with others.
The book falls short only in its failure to resolve the contradictions of Gellhorn's personality...the promiscuous woman who was ambivalent toward sex...the egalitarian who cultivated the high and mighty...the compulsive wanderer and adventurer who cherished the companionship of her mother and close friends. We want to like Gellhorn, but we don't understand her well enough to get there.
However, I'd recommend her work and this biog. For the open minded.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The seller sent the book promptly but due to the over abundance of information it can take a reader along time to get thru each chapter of the biography.Published 5 months ago by busy life
A fascinating biography, but sometimes tedious and confusing to read. The author's sentence and paragraph structure often bothered me, but I could not put the book down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John I
If you're into Hemingway, this is one of the books you need to read. She is WAY MORE interesting than he ever was....Published 11 months ago by PCP
Good Read. Amazing woman. Covered the Iraq war one when she was near 80.Published 18 months ago by Mary Paulos
One of my favorite persons, I have several books on Gellhorn.Published 18 months ago by James L. Richardson
I'm in a hurry, so this is a brief comment to say that Gellhorn is an excellent book about a fascinating woman. Clearly Ms. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rebecca Sinclair
Very informative book. A real look into those times and the wealthy. This was also news to me about her area of investigation.Published on July 6, 2014 by Patricia