Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pondering 'Papa' Hemingway On Father's Day

John Railey at the Winston-Salem Journal looks at Ernest Hemingway on Father's Day.

Ernest "Papa" Hemingway is back in the spotlight again, not that he ever really left. There's a new HBO movie about him, "Hemingway & Gellhorn." It's terrible.

But a biography of him that came out late last year, "Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961" by Paul Hendrickson, is excellent. It underscores that this father of 20th-century American literature who loved being called "Papa" by friends and referring to female friends as "daughter" wasn't that great a father to his three sons. That's no revelation to anyone who's read much about him. But writing finely himself, Hendrickson carefully peels away layer after layer, showing us what made Hemingway tick through the lens of his love for being on the water on his sport-fishing boat, the Pilar.

... This book leaves readers much to ponder, including the relationships between fathers and sons.

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