Sunday, September 18, 2011

Papa And The True Love Of His Life

Larry Lebowitz reviewed Paul Hendrickson's Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934 - 1961 (Knopf) for the Miami Herald. 

His not-so-implausible premise: The true love of the final half of Hemingway’s tumultuous life was a 38-foot fishing vessel named Pilar...

Hemingway hosted more than 500 visitors, many of them celebrated, aboard Pilar, making it an easy metaphoric vessel to carry the narrative. Placing Papa behind the wheel, Hendrickson covers most of the well-trod hagiography — fishing off Key West, Havana and Bimini; hunting in Idaho and Africa; literary friendships and paranoiac rants at critics; extramarital dalliances and bittersweet relationships with his tragic sons; hard drinking and debauchery; diminishing skills; dementia and ultimately suicide.

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The book sounds interesting. As Hemingway is one of my favorite writers, and as a sailor who loves boats, I look forward to reading this book.

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