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WHAT A LIFE STORY
on 7 March 2013
Always been interested in the psyche of war reporters but this book takes you far deeper into Gellhorn's long life. She was always angry when professionally linked to her once husband Ernest Hemmingway - and if you've seen the film and wondered why such animosity grew in her - then read this and you'll find out the real story behind their relationship.
The film with Nicole Kidman covers a very short era of her long life - this goes into her early years and how when the Spanish Civil War started and she determined to go, the person (unlike as played in the film) who arrives is far from the naive green reporter on her first mission. The description of her going to Paris when young - without support and working and playing hard - her discipline and (for me one of the best bits) of her returning back to America to report on the depression and visiting deprived places in the latest Paris Fashions - not because she was trying to be 'posh' but because her European friends had clubbed round and the only cheap gear she could obtain were rejected caste offs from the latest Paris show - this book is full of incidents and how she became the most respected woman war journalist of her era and is still held as the benchmark today.