Hemingway This text winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Award explores the many tragic facets that both nurtured Hemingway s work and eroded his life

  • Title: Hemingway
  • Author: Kenneth S. Lynn
  • ISBN: 9780674387324
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback
  • This text, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Award, explores the many tragic facets that both nurtured Hemingway s work and eroded his life.

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    • I read some of Hemingway's work when I was at university and I wasn't impressed. The bull-fighting, the drinking, the over-the-top machismo didn't appeal to me. So it was no more Hemingway for me for several decades. Then last year, in preparation for a holiday in Paris, I read A Moveable Feast and was intrigued. The prose was wonderful. Likewise the evocation of 1920s Paris. The impression I gained of Hemingway as a man was less positive: mean-spirited was the term most forcefully brought to mi [...]

    • Paul Hendrickson, in his book Hemingway’s Boat, says of Kenneth Lynn’s “unforgiving” biography of Papa: “[It is] often absurd in its psychological interpretations of Hemingway as it is brilliant in its creative analysis of his work.” In the bibliography he speaks of Lynn’s “psychoanalytic (and often ridiculous) text.”There is truth to Hendrickson’s characterization. Lynn’s study does move between the brilliant and the absurd, between the reasoned analysis of Hemingway’s w [...]

    • I came late to the party re Hemingway, having only read maybe two of his books at the age you're supposed to read him. Then after recently reading A Moveable Feast, I wanted to learn more about his life. Lynn's biography is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. It did frequently piss me off, because Lynn almost invariably puts an unflattering spin on Hemingway in ambiguous or even neutral situations. However, the last few pages of the book, especially the last two paragraphs, sum up [...]

    • "What's the use of trying to live in such a g- place as America when there was Paris and Switzerland and Italy."How does a person get away with statements like this and still remain the home-town hero of every place he laid his hat?Hemingway has a reputation as a misogynist.Here we find that his first wife Hadley destroyed a year of his work in a fit of jealousy.He divorces her,he slaps her?He hugs her and moves on.Like David Lean,he saw the art in the editing:"He had written "The Sun Also Rises [...]

    • Perhaps the best literary biography I've ever read. It destroys the myths about Hemingway and exposes the ignorance of his critics without deifying him. The book takes a hard look at the psychological basis for Hemingway's life and work, especially the role of his mother. It provides an excellent supplement to his work with information drawn from sources as wide ranging as the Italian language to 19th century child-rearing practices.

    • Lynn's book is a thesis biography, which means that in addition to giving you the essential info about the famous author, he wants to paint his subject a certain way. Lynn wants his reader to think of Hemingway as an author who wrestled with his sexuality all his life. While this is true to a point, Lynn really takes it way too far. I argued a lot with him in the margins. Anyway, it's a useful biography but not great.

    • There are jerks, the alcoholic whirlwinds who can't help themselves and then there's Hemingway. A brilliant book for showing the warts - and explaining how they inspired some hit-and-miss Literature.

    • Very good overview of his life. Occasionally falters when trying to psychoanalyze his subject. I like Hemingway less after reading this.

    • Well written literary biography of one of the masters revealing perhaps a genius, but also a very flawed human.

    • Currently reading this one. A model for other biographies, this book is well-written *and* balanced. If you like Hemingway you'll probably gobble this up regardless of how good it is; if you dislike him there's enough about his suspicious lifestyle and upbringing that'll prick up your ears; if you're like me and have conflicting feelings about Hemingway, this should do well to clarify them and make you see things you wouldn't otherwise see in his stories. A book of four-star quality with minus-a [...]

    • This biography is not for Hemingway beginners, and I'm glad I read it after some others. This wasn't planned - I just happened to find Michael Reynolds' books first. I don't mean that to sound condescending. What I mean is that if Lynn's book is the first or only one you read about him it might mess with your perceptions of the great writer too much. It's like looking at only one face of a many-sided and varied object. You need to see more of the different sides to really understand the whole (o [...]

    • I was hesitant in deciding to finally read a Bio of the great "Papa". He had been one of my favorite authors for so long, I was a little scared that his books would lose the effect they had once had and that I would never enjoy them as much again. ( I was a big Picasso fan at one point in my life, but after reading his bio and finding out he was a monster, I lost all interest in his paintings.) Reading For whom the bell tolls as a teenager is one of my best literary memories and I admit to cryin [...]

    • Finished the book this morning and I was glad to do so in wonderful weather because otherwise, my mood would have been wrecked. Hemingway's final days,months (years) seemed to be filled with desparation--and Lynn does a great job of portraying the slow spiral of his mental health. Lynn spends more time on Hemingway's early days than his latter years, but let's face it, they were jollier (as jolly as Papa could make them). Overall, a good read and a great insight into Hemingway's life, even if is [...]

    • it seems only a bit trite to write about the man who described his own life and adventures so much more eloquently not to discredit the author's work entirely, he's a very worthy writer in his own right and the book isn't bad by any means, it is just a matter of what he has to contend with and i'm sure hemingway's recount of his life may be a bit self- and time-fetishized in short, i read this once, did not regret doing so, but i will most definitely go to one of hem's own works in the future

    • I picked it up some years ago. Ernest Hemingway has always been a hero of mine. But I would say when I mentioned this, "That I am not a fan for the reasons most people are." It was obvious to me even as a much younger person what he was up to- creating a persona, playing a part- writing his own script. The biographer did an outstanding job here. This book is not to be missed if you are interested in EH.

    • i really enjoyed this bio. i had read hotchner s bio two times and found hem s life to be very interesting. lynn s bio shows the great writer warts and all. lynn said hem had 3 wives for all 3 of his wars and a 4th wife for the war within himself. hem was a very sexy man and sex played a big part in his life. i almost envy him his experiences. the book had too much psychology and too many broad interpretations and/or interpretations of broads.

    • This is a mix of brilliant insight and pretentious statements that are never supported by anything, despite the evidence that a great deal of research went into the book. The discussions of his later works are particularly good, if unflattering to the man. If you are interested in Hemingway's writing, it's worth the time. If you are looking for a real biography, it's a waste.

    • Lynn says that childhood, not the war in Italy, defined Hemingway. 40 years later, he rebuilt Italy as a "buttress" (p108) against others peering deeply into his childhood. It succeeded until Hemingway's sister's 1962 memoir, and until this bio in 1987. Lynn veers too strongly in the childhood direction as corrective. Why can't biographers better balance complexities of influences?

    • Poignant and thoughtful portrait of a complicated and, quite frankly, odd man. Interesting insights into his writing methods. The attempt to diagnose and understand his psychology felt a little risky, though.

    • So if you are interesting a sort of revisionist reading of the Hemingway biography this is your book. Lynn really began the study of el neuavo Hemingway with this bio.

    • This is the first book I actually enjoyed, save the Bible. My father gave it to me at age 16 and it began my love of reading. Thanks DAD, God Bless you. John

    • An interesting, if a bit off the wall, biography of Ernest Hemingway. Entertaining but a bit out of touch with reality.

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