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Hemingway: The Grace and the Pressure [Hardcover]

Aubrey Dillon-Malone
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd (8 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861052901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861052902
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.3 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,248,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This biography explores Hemingway''s complex relationship with his mother, his unfulfilled one with his father and his attitudes to his wives, his siblings and his publishers. He is revealed publicly and privately in the tangled skein that was his life.'

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3.0 out of 5 stars Superficial but entertaining 15 Sep 2013
Format:Hardcover
The first thing to be said about this book is that the editing is atrocious. I have never before seen so many errors in any book from a recognised publisher.
Its second fault is that it is superficial and repetitive, failing to develop themes - such as Hemingway's alleged homosexuality - that are tantalisingly referred to throughout the book.
Its third major fault is that it is structurally sloppy, the closing chapters reading like a very poor clippings job.
In spite of all this, however, I quite enjoyed it because it told me things about Hemingway I didn't know in a facile but engaging style. Whereas Carlos Baker's biography of Hemingway was tediously detailed and very hard going, this was sketchily lucid and actually quite readable.
However, A E Hotchner's Papa Hemingway remains by far the best word portrait of the old braggart, and has the additional merit of being authentic, as Hotchner and Hemingway were pals.
For anyone wanting an emphatically non-scholarly insight into Hemingway, Malone's book is adequate. Just don't allow yourself to be diverted by the typos along the way.
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