Many of the writers involved in this book I admire and follow, so this was a disappointment. This is truly magpie in nature--there's something for every flavor of the genre--true crime, adventure, history, science and nature, travel, memoir--they're all in here. For anyone who knew the man, his suicide was not a surprise. Brooke Jarvis' piece about the last days of a leper colony in Hawai Received this in a giveaway here on Goodreads. A talented writer with so many issues.
Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer. She was heartbroken to read in the newspaper that he already had another woman living with him in their Cuban home. He convinces her to come to Spain with him and report on the civil war going on there, she is able to secure a press pass and joins him there. However, he was also a moody, self-centered man who started drinking at lunch and continued for the rest of the day. Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the characters, the flawless writing, and the tumultuous love story between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway.
Surely, one of the most interesting things about her is that she spent most of her life as a war correspondent and not that she was married to Hemingway for four years? After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System, moving in and out of foster homes for the next 14 years. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance, and larger than life characters the book is centered around. In this case, it is the story of the relationship of Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, who would become his third wife. There's some discussion in the introduction about what to call this type of writing: most of it doesn't quite feel like journalism, more like storytelling that just happens to be true. Gellhorn has the chutzpah to retain and fight for her sense of self and pursue her work independently of the great man. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance, and larger than life characters the book is centered around. These were just some small things I enjoyed which Ms.
Gellhorn was still struggling to find her career path when she and her family met Hemingway while in vacation in Key West, Florida. She is the author of two collections of poetry, a much-praised memoir called Like Family Little Brown, 2003 , and the novels, A Ticket to Ride, The Paris Wife and Circling The Sun. When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. Additionally, the women's rights issue of the struggle between career and marriage to a successful professional writer. Gellhorn and Hemingway compete for jobs, vying for attention and acceptance. Jarvis treated the residents with compassion without turning them into pitiful victims. For Ernest if you didn't love him and acquiesce to his needs, you were thrown out and dismissed, not one to be trifled with.
With little care for Pauline, the wife tending the home fires and taking care of the boys, Hemingway seems determined to establish a bond with Marty. She proved this seven years ago with her novel , which presented the extraordinary author through the lens of his first marriage to Hadley Richardson. She was at her best and most alive when she was at the front lines in the midst of the action, and her first-person narration was riveting. They were happy for a time. This one, Martha Gellhorn, is a fascinating character in her own right. How does this impact Gellhorn as his wife and a writer? This time, the narrator is his third wife, Martha Gellhorn, known as Marty. Ernest and Martha make arrangements to meet in Madrid to document the Spanish Civil War.
Love and Ruinis just them flexing, and I gotta say, it's pretty nice to look at. Louis doctor quest across the world in the 1930s to write and report from the front lines of war? I loved the history and felt the relationship development was very well done and realistic. The Nazis worked hard and that didn't work out. Jealously, fear of her losing her, or is it something else? I found that she had such a long career that she covered everything from the Spanish Civil War, Vietnam, the wars in El Salvador and Panama. You have to love Marty, even though he filed the papers, she was his only wife to leave him.
Until I read this book, I was not aware that she wrote several books, in addition to being one of the first woman war journalists. He invites Marty, and her mother, to his Key West house, where he lived with his 2nd wife and two sons. While it is a love story, it is no romance novel. He tells her how to get credentials and although he doesn't pay for her plane ticket, he pays her expenses over there. She gets a story and is satisfied. Jahnos Big John Birges, an immigrant from Hungary, settles in Fresno. So much history is covered, Gelhorn determined to be everywhere and chronicle everything, all the while dealing with Hemingway and his mood changes,and trying to write her own book.
What about the plan to raise hippopotamuses in Louisiana to solve the meat shortage before the advent of factory farms? It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. I do think the book shows how it came to be that Ernest and Martha fell in love, what drew them together and what pushed them apart. Hemingway as a starry-eyed, adulterous bed- and continent-hopping writer who one day quite literally walks into a bar and falls hard for the greatest living celebrity novelist of her time? McLain returns to the tried and true realm of Ernest Hemingway and his wives. Gellhorn is the narrator and she explains what she is seeing and how she is feeling, but for the most part, it did not translate into any emotional affinity. Ratliff contributes a foreword explaining the origin and publication philosophy of the magazine, offers brief insights into how he selected the 10 pieces from a universe of about 50, and summarizes each. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorgeous, and I settles into this novel.