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"Gellhorn is incapable of writing a dull sentence."--The Times (London)

About the Author

Martha Gellhorn published five novels and seven prize-winning collections of her explosive journalism. Her career spanned several decades: She covered the 1937–38 war in Spain, sent dispatches from the front in World War II and followed the trail of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, and reported on the conflicts in Vietnam in 1966 and in Israel in 1967. Gellhorn died in 1998 at the age of eighty-nine.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 1 edition (May 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585420905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585420902
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This wonderful travelogue of "bad trips" to politically important places takes the reader on an incredible range of journeys to many world hot and "cold" war spots. China and a meeting with Communist leaders in hiding during WWII (with the writer's then husband (Ernest Hemingway) looming large but quietly in the background and a poignant trip to an aging Russian writer in the days of Soviet rule transport us through time and space. Martha Gellhorn, as journalist and fiction writer, needs to be "recovered" with the very best of war correspondents of any gender and the adventuresome and unbelievably courageous woman travelers of the 20th century. The section on Gellhorn's travels in Africa, because it is so "honest" and forthright on matters of race, will strike some as politically incorrect, but her descriptions of modes of transport, race, missionaries and the search for exotic animals are among the most vivid anywhere. This book moves the reader -- through time and space, brain and heart.
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"Nothing is better for self-esteem than survival." So Martha Gellhorn introduces her travel memoir of her most memorable horror journeys in an entertaining and historical book, Travels with Myself and Another.

I found this book a few years ago while browsing at Barnes and Noble. I rarely buy books, but the brief description of Gellhorn as the third wife of Ernest Hemingway and rare female journalist during WWII was enough for me to add it to my exclusive biography collection. Gellhorn witnessed the invasion of Normandy as a stowaway after getting kicked off the press boat and wrote over a dozen fiction and non-fiction books in her 60-year career. Travels with Myself and Another is a collection of "the best of the worst journeys," originally published in 1978 and spanning a swath of history from the WWII Greatest Generation to the 1970's counterculture revolution.

"We are supposed to learn by experience;" Gellhorn reflects on her repeated travels in her introduction, "fat lot of good that does if you only remember the experience too late." We start out in WWII China with Ernest Hemingway as her unwilling "another," and end with her babysitting her helpless driver in East Africa. Her laugh-out-loud descriptions of lunches with everyone from Chiang Kai-shek and Madame Chiang in war-torn China to Mrs. Mandelstam in the oppressive Soviet communist regime provide an entertaining romp through history with someone who has been there. Her casual mentions of the countries in Africa and realistic dialect of the natives of the Caribbean made me pick up an atlas. Her character as a true free spirit who hires her own boats against the advice of locals shines through in her tight and un-politically correct prose.
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One of the finest books I have read on the subject of travel, in a class with the best of Theroux and Chatwin. Take on your next trip along with a battered straw hat..!
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These cover only a small part of her travels in the world; these are more personal rather than strictly journalistic. You don't have to know it was her then-husband, Ernest Hemingway, who is her companion in the trip to China, but it lets you picture things more vividly. As though it isn't vivid enough! The accounts of her travels to and in China during the time of the great civil war there, of Russia in one of its many times of great suppression, and of the Caribbean as she went from island to island are not to be missed. The places she went and persons she met are fascinating and telling. Her section on Africa was the weakest, but still worth reading,I say as one who lived many years on that continent. I think she was too old and ill-prepared when she went there and became too sick a good deal of the time and made some careless statements which, if generalized from the specific cases at hand, give the erroneous impression of racist feelings on her part, which in fact she did not hold, as I was relieved to discover as I read on. What comes across throughout the book is that in each place she visits, she is acutely aware and objects to the injustices that are rampant. But her main achievement is to make them so real you feel you have been there with her and experienced some real adventure.
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Martha Gellhorn doesn't use Ernest Hemingway's name when she is writing about travels she made with him, but by the time I finished my last adventure with her, I realized he'd been in the entire book, on every one of her journeys, and not because of her writing style. It is very different than his. It was the way she wrote of him, when she did, which was rare, but it was so powerful, I could actually feel the touch of one soul mate to another. Gellhorn is captivating, bold, reckless, romantic, and deeply, powerfully, and hypnotically inspired to help the world. And, she writes it all so perfectly. I will read this book again and again.
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Gellhorn was a favorite of the Hemingway sons and its easy to see the attraction.......also easy to see why there was conflict with Hemingway, his own self! An interesting and entertaining read written by an obviously intelligent talent providing a different viewpoint of " Another " among other subjects. Even if she irritates, you won't be bored. Always a good sign.
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