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Travels with Myself and Another: A Memoir Paperback – May 7, 2001
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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 193738 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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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. "I remember West Africa the way one remembers pain, as an incident but never the precise sensations." (Sixty-eight pages through West Africa are lifted straight from a found journal and were as hard for me to get through as it was for Gellhorn to get through West Africa. I recommend skipping this part if you also find it doesn't flow well.) But the rest of the book is a treasure of insight, history, and world travel.
Travels with Myself and Another was one of the first books that brought home to me that real life can be just as entertaining to read as fiction. I found myself studying Gellhorn's quick and direct writing style, impressed by the amount of description she is able to capture in just a few words. I loved reading her stories that contained the honest appraisals of her thoughts and impressions. I often picked up her book, saying to myself, "Take me away, Martha." Travels with Myself and Another opened my eyes to the depth of knowledge in women's lives and stories.
by Karen Ballinger
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
Loads of fun and it will keep you from complaining ever again on a trip, which gawd only knows would be a God send!