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

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

by Paul Hendrickson
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Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost by Paul Hendrickson

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A brilliantly conceived and illuminating reconsideration of a key period in the life of Ernest Hemingway that will forever change the way he is perceived and understood.

Focusing on the years 1934 to 1961—from Hemingway’s pinnacle as the reigning monarch of American letters until his suicide—Paul Hendrickson traces the writer's exultations and despair around the one constant in his life during this time: his beloved boat, Pilar.

Drawing on previously unpublished material, including interviews with Hemingway's sons, Hendrickson shows that for all the writer's boorishness, depression and alcoholism, and despite his choleric anger, he was capable of remarkable generosity—to struggling writers, to lost souls, to the dying son of a friend. Hemingway's Boat is both stunningly original and deeply gripping, an invaluable contribution to our understanding of this great American writer, published fifty years after his death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400075355
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/24/2012
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 302,490
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.82(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Paul Hendrickson’s previous book, Sons of Mississippi, won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania. For two decades before that he was a staff writer at The Washington Post. Among his other books are Looking for the Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott (1992 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award) and The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War (1996 finalist for the National Book Award). He has been the recipient of writing fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation. In 2009 he was a joint visiting professor of documentary practice at Duke University and of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the father of two grown sons and lives with his wife, Cecilia, outside Philadelphia.

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Hemingway's Boat 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly researched. Adept storytelling. And moving biographies of many lesser known Hemingway confidants friends and family. Perhaps most heartbreaking is the extensive reporting on Hemingway's youngest son Gigi. Overall a compelling and enjoyable read for any Hemingway enthusiast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read The Paris Wife and wanted to know more about Hemingway and his lifehis book did not disappoint.
bravesfan More than 1 year ago
Excellent portrayal of an important part of hemingways life. The parallel existence of pilar and hemingways life are uncanny. Great look at the family dynamic on a superficial level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little more about the details of boat and fishing than I really was interested in - but author made up for it with his overall view of Hemingway and his family. I felt like I got to know them and wanted to know them even better.
BrianBNJ More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gave great insights into the Hemingway family psyche. Plus, I can relate directly to the Key West, deep sea fishing and Africa experiences in my own life. Made me want to re-read some Hemingway favorites!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written view of Hemingway's last years. Explains his mind set and how that lead to his suicide. Loved the metaphor of Pilar. I will be asking our book club to read this book this month.
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