Monday, June 16, 2014

Hemingway's Tropical Retreats Reflect His Adventures

Patricia Sheridan at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offers a piece on Ernest Hemingway's tropical homes in Key West, Florida and Cuba.

KEY WEST, Fla. / HAVANA, Cuba — Ernest Hemingway spent a lifetime cultivating a masculine image and personas. War correspondent, cigar lover, big game hunter, deep sea fisherman, boxer, liberal with liquor, minimalist with words -- all done to maximum effect. Predictably, evidence of his adventures fills the writer’s two tropical homes in Key West and Havana. Hunting and fishing trophies stare down from the walls in nearly every room, as well as photos of his exploits and famous friends. He was a legend in his own time, and movie posters from his books such as “A Farewell to Arms” and “For Whom The Bell Tolls” that were made into films adorn the walls. But it’s the spirit of the other kind of trophy he collected, his wives, that helps to distinguish his island retreats.

You can read the rest of the piece and view photos of the Hemingway homes via the below link:

Note: I've visited the Hemingway home in Key West and I hope to visit Hemingway's Cuban home once the Castro brothers are dead and the Cuban people are free of communism.

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