Hemingway in Love

Hemingway in Love

His Own Story : A Memoir

Book - 2015
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"In June of 1961, A.E. Hotchner visited an old friend in the psychiatric ward of St. Mary's Hospital. It would be the last time they spoke: a few weeks later, Ernest Hemingway was released home, where he took his own life. Their final conversation was also the final installment in a story whose telling Hemingway had spread over nearly a decade. Hemingway divulged the details of the affair that destroyed his first marriage: the truth of his romantic life in Paris and how he lost Hadley, the true part of the literary woman he'd create and the great love he spent the rest of his life seeking. He told of the mischief that made him a legend: of impotence cured in a house of God; of a plane crash in the African bush, from which he stumbled with a bunch of bananas and a bottle of gin in hand; of F. Scott Fitzgerald dispensing romantic advice; of midnight champagne with Josephine Baker; of adventure, human error, and life after lost love. This is Hemingway as few have known him: humble and full of regret. To protect the feelings of Ernest's wife Mary (also a close friend) and to satisfy the terms of his publisher's cautious legal review, Hotch kept the conversations to himself for decades. Now he tells the story as Hemingway told it to him. Hemingway in Love puts you in the room with the master as he remembers the definitive years that set the course for the rest of his life and stayed with him until the end of his days"--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250077486
1250077486
9781466889484
Branch Call Number: 921 HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
Characteristics: xix, 172 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.

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Sep 02, 2016

A quick read but no substance.
Hotchner filled the pages with name-dropping and letting us know that he hob-knobbed with Papa Hemingway.
The tone is of someone wanting to cash in on a chance opportunity of having met Hemingway and befriended him (although it seems a bit of a parasitic relationship with Hemingway paying for the dinners, wines and at least some trips).
Lots of name-dropping and no one names can defend themselves anymore.
Not a fan.

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