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Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage Hardcover – June 1, 2012
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Hopefully anyone who reads this book already has a good handle on Hemingway, his life and what he was like. You would know that he was a creative genius and also self-absorbed and self-centered to the extreme but also that he was incredibly focused whether he was fishing for marlin or hunting for lions and tigers and bears or shooting quail or attending a bullfight. He was most focussed when he was writing.
I had hoped for fresh insight into Pauline Pfeiffer, into the attraction then affair then marriage then divorce of Pauline and Ernest Hemingway and into the specific ways that she was Hemingway's "best editor." Instead, there was a lot of research from other already published books on Hemingway with some anecdotes being lifted directly from those books. There was virtually no evidence and no new research on the ways that Pauline was his "best editor." And, the author asserts that Pauline was actually innocent and naïve about men, that she was completely seduced by Hemingway (versus the other way around, which is how Hemingway would have us believe it in A Moveable Feast), who was himself seduced by her money. The latter is an "old" claim, however. Apparently Ernest had more than simply a passing interest in Pauline's sister Virginia, but the author only hints at this, raising more questions than she answers.
However, this book did answer some questions I had on Pauline's "Uncle Gus,"-- his generous and important financial and emotional support of Hemingway, so this small amount of fresh insight prevented me from giving this book only one star. The Pfeiffer family in general was quite interesting, and the brothers--Pauline's father, Uncle Gus, etc.Read more ›
I think the author did a great job researching the family of his second wife. Very interesting and well done.
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after so many studies on the life and wives of EH was pleased to see some fresh material written with authority and skill and read with interest.Published on August 6, 2014 by jasmin deckel raviv
added to my interests of Hemingway
to read of wife 2 related to other biographies of wife one and wife three.
Having read all of Papa's works, and books about him by his sons Jack and Gregory, and by his fourth wife Mary as well as books about him by Valerie Hemingway, Hillary Hemingway,... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Jerry Jaleel
My judgment of this book may be unjust as I usually read fiction and have recently read The Paris Wife, which I found much more interesting. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Janice H. Garcia
I loaded my book on to my Kindle asi t was chosen for our book club to read for June. I found it to be very interesting. We learned much about this famous author. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Joanne Warren