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Travels with Myself and Another: A Memoir Paperback – May 7, 2001
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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.Read more ›
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Some parts interesting others irritating with not much information about the places to which she travelled.Published 10 months ago by marcus durand
Fasinating, well-told stories by an intrepid, crazy woman adventurer. This book gives new meaning to risk-taking and should be an inspiration to all women of the present day.Published 21 months ago by Rita Jakubowski
WE know she traveled with Ernest Hemingway. Why the author used other initals through out the travels in China was confusing .Published on June 26, 2014 by Mary LaFon
Whole set of trips and happenings,very well written and keeps one wishing for more. She was one heck of a reporter and traveler. Highly recommended by me!!~.Published on May 27, 2014 by Joe Maloney
Gellhorn was top notch! Her style of no frills writing puts you right there. You can see it, hear it, smell it and feel every moment. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by Karen
If you ever wanted to read a book on why not to travel...this is the book. A few spots where she was enjoying herself, but the entire book is just complaining about... Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by Mac B. Henderson