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Papa: Hemingway in Key West

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Ernest Hemingway first came to Key West in 1928. He liked what he saw, returned - and for the next 12 years called the island his home. During this period, he wrote Death in the Afternoon, Green Hills of Africa, To Have and Have Not, and began For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published March 30th 1990 by Langley Press, Incorporated
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Susan
Often poorly written but enthusiastic scholarship, with a few interesting tidbits. Sort of worth reading for people who are still interested in the subject. His thesis is that the Papa myth was formed while Hemingway lived in Key West. So what? As I said, a little interesting, but torturous in places, as the author stuck in everythng he learned, and not too artfully. The other overriding problem is that Hemingway was such a brutish self-absorbed boor.
Steve Kettmann
This is a fun book that I would recommend and in fact McLendon often writes quite well, not necessarily succumbing to that trap of everyone who writes about Hemingway, namely trying to write LIKE Hemingway. This is a quick read worth picking up for the interviews with old Key West cronies of Hemingway and for the vivid sense of place it evokes, especially the Key West of Hemingway's first visits there when he was making his first trolling runs in search of big fish. I never quite bought the thes ...more
R.W. Jones
I bought this book after the "Hemingway House" tour mostly because I think I was just "in the moment" However, after starting it on the plane home, I couldn't put it down. This was a great book, and I would imagine ranks up there with ANY Hemingway big out there. McClendon truly made you feel you were part of his "Key West Mob." Thank you for this great read!
Charles
This covers in detail the period that Hemingway spent in Key West, primarily during his marriage to Pauline. It tells about the founding of the Papa myth and how much work Hemingway himself put into building up that image of himself. Enjoyable.
Jon Breakfield
When my wife and I first arrived in Key West this was the first book that we both read. As Hemingway fans - it was of course a must read. Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this biography especially learning about the Key West of Hemingway's time.
Philip
When I first moved to Key West I bought this book. McLendon transports you back to the 30s. Pure joy to walk the same streets.
Frank Wilem
A great book and a must for any Hemingway fan.
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