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Ernest Hemmingway: A Life, Part 1 Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Aug 1997

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks (Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786103841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786103843
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 17.1 x 6 cm

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Superb Biography 3 Aug. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Carlos Baker's biography of Hemingway reveals the life of Hemingway to be far more interesting and compelling than anything Hemingway wrote.

Baker shows himself to have literary talent equal to that of his subject, and has written a thorough and thoroughly readable biography of Hemingway.

Anyone who has enjoyed William Manchester's biography of Winston Churchill will be equally entertained and informed
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have read most of the major biographies concerning Hemingway..(I am more fastinated with Hemingway the man than his actual work, I have to admit). This is by far the best. Well written, well researched. I must admit to be a Baker fan, so perhaps my view my be slanted here. I do recommend the books reading, and do recommend you add this one to your collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Scholarship Not Lurid Journalism 19 Jun. 2014
By propertius - Published on Amazon.com
Revising this after 40 years, I find that it still hold up extraordinarily well both in its approach and content. Its insights and commentary are especially surprising since this book was written less than ten years after Hemingway's death.

This really should the first Hemingway biography you read and certainly not the last. It was written when the great man's shadow still hovered the literary scene. If you want to see how present day and post 60's attitudes toward Hemingway developed, this book will give you clue. Unlike many of the critical analyses of Hemingway, this book attempts to give you a glimpse into the life that was lived that produced such a great writer Warts and all yet no ax to grind. I think that many of those who purport to study him really resent him for his talent. He is one of those writers who seem to be a model for many aspiring authors. These learn too late that they think that " I can write like that" but can't and therefore become bitter.and revel in their hatred, yes hatred, of the man (whom they never met) and works which they have read only once.

I would caution many readers new to Hemingway to be aware of a surfeit of Hemingway biographies and reminiscences which were only written by "pilot fish" intent to cash in on the Hemingway myth with spurious claims to a familiarity with him.

Yes I am biased when it comes to Hemingway but I find that the chapter which concerns Hemingway's suicide and mental illness to have been handled with the utmost tact and civility. As for the man remember that this was written before the publication of "The Garden Of Eden." Now that book would stun Hemingway's denigrators.
Not Just Black and White 20 July 2014
By Charlie Calvert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There is no shortage of good books on Hemingway and this one is probably the most respected. Or at least it was in my day, when I was in college in the 70's. But I never read it back then, which is just as well, as I was probably not ready for it.

I just finished it this evening. It is a long and very detailed book. Though I thought it very interesting, I don't think most readers would want to tackle such a lengthy book unless they are very interested in Hemingway.

The image of Hemingway that emerges in this book is contradictory and disturbing. At times I found myself loving him, at other times I hated him. Those may sound like extreme or emotional reactions, but I think them appropriate responses to the portrait drawn in this book. The Hemingway found in these pages inspires me to want to live more deeply and to work more passionately. He loved life and experienced the Caribbean, the American West, Paris, Italy, Spain and Africa with passion and endless reserves of energy. He could also turn on his best friends for no reason, desert his wives, and he killed animals in vast numbers and seemingly without respect for their beauty or elegance. Yet he could describe animals, and nature, with obvious love and deep feeling.

His most profound and most obvious failing was his love of alcohol. He was a first class drunk, and when drunk, he frequently behaved abominably. He lied, he bullied, he chased women in front of his wives.

He also wrote books. He did not write a lot of books, and not all of them were good. But his best books were extraordinary. And despite his debilitating alcoholism, not all his great books were the work of his youth. He wrote the best of the short stories, The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms while young. He wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls in his late thirties or early forties and The Old Man and the Sea in his fifties. All of these books are more or less permanent parts of the American canon and deserve their place.

How one man could be both so charming and so despicable is a bit of a mystery. It is that mystery that pumps blood into Baker's book and keeps it alive. Baker shows both the good and the bad in Hemingway, but it is up to the reader to try to understand the complex novelist who had such great virtue and so many egregious faults.

If you look at the world in black and white, and think people are either good or bad, you probably will find this a very disturbing book. If you are used to finding both good and bad in your friends and family, you might find interesting this portrait of a person who could at times be not just good but great, and not just bad, but utterly despicable.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Ultimate biography of Hemingway 18 April 1998
By Derek Leaberry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
Thoroughly traces Hemingway's whole life from birth to shotgun finale. Splendidly done by Baker. I am in agreement with the previous reviewer; this bio is up there with Manchester's bio of Winston Churchill.
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