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Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934 - 1961 | [Paul Hendrickson]

Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934 - 1961

An award-winning historian and author, Paul Hendrickson here turns his attention to one of America’s most cherished literary icons, Ernest Hemingway. Drawing on previously unpublished material, Hendrickson focuses on Hemingway’s life in its twilight, just prior to his suicide, and the seemingly singular constant in the man’s life: his boat, Pilar. On this vessel, Hemingway would entertain and travel, but it would also be the scene of some of his greatest tragedies.
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Publisher's Summary

An award-winning historian and author, Paul Hendrickson here turns his attention to one of America’s most cherished literary icons, Ernest Hemingway. Drawing on previously unpublished material, Hendrickson focuses on Hemingway’s life in its twilight, just prior to his suicide, and the seemingly singular constant in the man’s life: his boat, Pilar. On this vessel, Hemingway would entertain and travel, but it would also be the scene of some of his greatest tragedies.

©2011 Paul Hendrickson (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“A lyrical and expansive search for the essence of a famous writer—heart, soul, and hull.” (Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune Top Picks of 2011)

“The author, an accomplished storyteller, interprets myriad tiny details of Ernest Hemingway’s life, and through them says something new about a writer everyone thinks they know.” (The Economist Books of the Year 2011)

“Hendrickson’s engrossing book offers a fresh slant on the rise and fall of a father figure of American literature.” (San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2011)

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    Sonoma 04-01-12
    Sonoma 04-01-12 Member Since 2005
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    "He manges to make Hemmingway boring"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Book would be best read abridged. He fell in love with every fact he found and filled the pages with them. He needed a good editor to prune it back.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Paul Hendrickson? Why or why not?

    Not at this point.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A fine reader, stuck with a too-long book.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dr A Wilmington VT 04-05-12
    Dr A Wilmington VT 04-05-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Made me sea-sick"

    I am a life-long Hemingway fan, but this author, in the words of an earlier reviewer, 'manages to make Hemingway boring.' Descibes every meaningless detail of any person who ran into Hemingway - that's irrelevant... e-n-d-l-e-s-s ... soooooo long

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Obriskie 07-09-14
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    "DONT WASTE YOUR TIME"
    Would you try another book from Paul Hendrickson and/or Jonathan Davis?

    NOT IN THIS LIFETIME


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    IMMENSELY. NAUSEATING


    What character would you cut from Hemingway's Boat?

    ALL BUT HEMINGWAY - WHICH IS THE MAJORITY OF THE BOOK


    Any additional comments?

    WHAT PURE SHIT

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mar Turner 10-05-12
    Mar Turner 10-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "boring"
    What would have made Hemingway's Boat better?


    On and on and on, the most boring book ever.


    What was most disappointing about Paul Hendrickson’s story?

    It was to long and it jumped around.


    What character would you cut from Hemingway's Boat?

    The boat


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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