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Hemingway: The Final Years (Reynolds' Hemingway #5)

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Michael Reynolds discovered the truth about Hemingway's activities during the war years, which included running a counterintelligence operation in Havana. The postwar period was the most productive of Hemingway's writing life, when he authored the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Old Man and the Sea and received the Nobel Prize. Even as Hemingway graced the cover of Life magazin ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 17th 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published July 1st 1999)
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cameron
Oct 09, 2014 cameron rated it it was amazing
This is both for The 1930's and for The Final Years. I agree these are wonderfully researched and very good reads. I'm in the middle of a reassessment of Hemingway anyway and have gone back to re-read and read all his work. I never thought much of his style in the few books I read when I was young because I wasn't after straightforward, to the point prose but was more into sentences two paragraphs long and lyrical to boot. As I've gotten older I appreciate more the boiling down of prose to it's ...more
Brian Willis
Nov 03, 2015 Brian Willis rated it it was amazing
The fifth and final volume in this still definitive study of the life and inspirations of Hemingway is the hardest to read. Not because the writing suffers as Hemingway's did in the final decade of his life, but rather because this section deals with the slow descent of Papa into premature senility, fragility, and madness. Beginning with the stunning success of For Whom the Bell Tolls, the writer's life begins to take a deluded descending spiral as he convinces himself that he can help the World ...more
Carol Storm
Jan 11, 2012 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing
Incredible final volume of an epic saga -- Hemingway's tragic end told in lurid detail!

This is the final book in a series and it made me want to go right back and read the other four. Hemingway's adventures in China, in World War II, his last safaris in Africa, his epic drinking bouts, all are captured (if not celebrated) in lavish detail.

But Reynolds also shows the tragedy building up, and connects it to Hemingway's past. There are incredibly revealing passages about how he relates to his wive
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Graham Tennyson
Dec 04, 2013 Graham Tennyson rated it it was amazing
This is the last book in this five volume biog and I now know more about Hemingway than is healthy. It is an insightful collection of books, full of great analysis about Hem's writing process. I still have a love/hate relationship with Hemingway but these books examine where these conflicts come from and how I can put them in their proper perspective. EM was such an important writer for mid twentieth century readers (and writers) and he left his prints all over America and large parts of Europe. ...more
Tajma
Nov 04, 2011 Tajma rated it really liked it
I love the way the writer treated his subject. I will go back and read more from this collection of Hemingway biographies.
Dara
Oct 02, 2011 Dara rated it really liked it
Impeccably researched, insightful, compassionate, and ultimately, of course, very very sad.
Amanda McDougle
Mar 25, 2013 Amanda McDougle rated it really liked it
Written by Professor and Associate Dean of North Carolina State University, Michael S. Reynolds takes readers on an independent journey of one of the great American literature's finest minds, Ernest Hemingway. Beginning in July 1940 and ending in 1961, Reynolds provides a thorough research of the game plans Hemingway executed both professionally and personally.

The beauty of womanhood will not be found in this book nor will Hemingway's relationships with his sons: Jack ("Mr. Bumby"), Patrick ("M
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Deb Farrell
Apr 28, 2015 Deb Farrell rated it really liked it
I have read extensively about EH and this was a period of time that was not covered as completely in other bio's. Therefore I thoroughly enjoyed reading much more about his life with Martha and the final years of his life with Mary. Mary maybe wasn't a saint herself, but she gets extra points for staying with EH till the bitter end. A well written bio.
Gale
Enjoyed this series. Taught me much about the author and life itself.
Kevin Ellerbrock
Nov 19, 2015 Kevin Ellerbrock rated it it was amazing
“The Hemingway’s January to June 1957 liquor bill from Licores Manzarbeitia in Havana was $1,550.49 for eighteen bottles of liquor and fifty-five cases of wine during a period where there were almost no Finca visitors.” That’s $12,761 in today’s currency.
Brett Brunmeier
May 31, 2015 Brett Brunmeier rated it it was amazing
The Reynolds series is the definitive archive for Hemingway biography.
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Sep 18, 2009 Sophvitakis rated it really liked it
Great revelations about a great writer
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As part of Reynolds' lifelong research, aided by his wife and editor Ann, he followed Hemingway's travels through Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Key West, Fla., and visited the novelist's childhood home in Oak Park, Ill.

Reynolds served on the editorial board of the Hemingway Review. He also helped establish the Hemingway Society, which presents the annual Ernest Hemingway Foundatio
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