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The Short and Wonderful Life of Henry Hemingway - A memoir of the years of fiction, a man searching for his Muse by [Schäfer, Fred]
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About the Author

Fred Schäfer is the author of fiction and nonfiction books in English and German. His most recent novel, "The 92-Year-Old Lady Who Made Me Steal a Dead Man's Car", is a hilarious romp through the world of literature, philosophy and crime. His bestselling novels are "An Almighty Conspiracy" and "The Invention of the Big Bang". His latest nonfiction book is entitled "How To Make Great Things Happen In Your Life". Just as "The Solution Within Yourself" and "Success, Money and You" before, it is free of hype and offers a sincere and proven approach to lasting happiness and success. Fred Schäfer was born in the south of Germany and lived and travelled in many parts of the world. Today he lives with his family in Western Australia.

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  • File Size: 1768 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Condor Books (July 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JFME8O
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I read a brilliant memoir last year called "Sense of an Ending," and the style of 'Henry Hemingway' reminded me a little of it: unabashedly vulnerable, brutally candid, and a sort of innocent adolescent voice that you can't help feeling for and caring about, and wishing you could help steer onto a more peaceful path.

Fred is completely comfortable telling us about his life (I assume the book is autobiographical) with no filters. His journey begins in post WWll-era Berlin, when the only thoughts consuming his mind are unbridled sex with virtually any attractive woman he meets, guilt about being a writer and not writing much of anything, and his obsessions and musings about his idols Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingway. The two luminaries are the only things that seems to bring him peace and perspective. He dreams about meeting Henry in Los Angeles, and he checks in every once in a while with Ernest to find any sort of substance or hope that he'll find his purpose in an otherwise empty life.

I have to be honest--I was a little frustrated in the middle during his travels to Chicago and New York, wondering where he--both Fred the author and Fred the character--was headed or if the journey was even worth continuing for me. The writing seemed to amble as aimlessly as the character. But a cool thing happened when he finally makes it to Los Angeles to meet Henry Miller, who at that point was about 10 years from his death. After meeting and staying with a Latino family and standing at the very doorway of his idol's home, his halfway-around-the-world travels appear to have finally given him his purpose. He sparks to life. Like Santiago in the Alchemist, both Freds ultimately discover the deeper meaning of it all, and it isn't what he--or we--expect.
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This authors ability to create word pictures, and a story that you can hardly put down is a must read. It is about his life growing up in Germany then in the USA, his victories, and set backs. His writing is thought provoking, and funny with a little sexual spice thrown in the mix. The only thing I didn't care for was the German writing as I don't read German so it meant nothing to me. This book was a good book making you want to read his other books; I can hardly waite! I know a good book as I am an author myself see [...]
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"The Short and Wonderful Life of Henry Hemingway" is a bittersweet journey into the author's mind during his early years in Germany, the US and Canada. It's all there - the sexual successes and failures, career indecisions, famous author fixations fuelled by fantasies about his heroes Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingway, friendships, and of course philosophical discussions of what life is all about. What makes this book extraordinary is the honesty of the author. The reader feels empathic pain and exhilaration with the author as he goes on his physical and psychological voyage of discovery.
The author's passion for writing finally brings meaning into his life, and the reader feels a sense of relief that all that talent is about to flourish.
This is an altogether exhilarating book, and it makes the reader aware that it is often hard to even glimpse success, but the journey there can be full of humor, excitement and humanity.
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A fascinating memoir that tracks the author from the oppressive atmosphere of Cold War era Berlin to the skyscrapers of New York, the big city vibe of Chicago, the idyllic lake district of Ontario, and finally to LA in search of his idol, Henry Miller.

We see him first as a toolmaker, boxer, engineering student, aspiring lover; later as engineer, maturing lover, and finally, after a life-altering discovery of the writings of Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingway, a writer determined to follow in the footsteps of his heroes.

The book explores a bewildering series of relationships: friend, enemy, lover, boss, business partner, mentor. It is a story of revelations, regrets, missed opportunities, miscommunications, hopes, aspirations, breakups, and re-connections.

`Henry Hemingway' is a modern-day Portrait of the Artist, brimming with insights into society, relationships, culture, war, business, and human behavior.

Anyone who's had the experience of being young, trying to make sense of the world, and trying to find their place in it, (which is pretty much everyone) will identify with this book. A great read.

Reviewed by the author of The Fishtailing Chopper of Fate.
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I have read several of this author's books now, and I love his writing style. This book is Fred Schaefer at his best. It's a wonderfully entertaining story, a memoir of his early life in Berlin, and his travels to North America and back again. There are moments of humor and moments of seriousness in a way that is typical of this author - told in a meandering kind of style that pulls you along with it, at its own easy pace. A fantastic, pull-you-in read about a man finding his way through life on a path that is sometimes chosen, sometimes not, and sometimes found by accident. You will be entertained!
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Author gives his book a life, it's a great read, although there is small portions in German
Here and there in the book, I was unable to read..
Thanks Fred, next time you visit the USA, be sure to make it to the flint hills, I'll buy the coffee
Dexter Don
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