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Travels with Myself and Another: A Memoir

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  879 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
"Martha Gellhorn was so fearless in a male way, and yet utterly capable of making men melt," writes New Yorker literary editor Bill Buford. As a journalist, Gellhorn covered every military conflict from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam and Nicaragua. She also bewitched Eleanor Roosevelt's secret love and enraptured Ernest Hemingway with her courage as they dodged shell fir ...more
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Published May 1st 2001 by Tarcher (first published January 1st 1979)
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Hazel
Apr 09, 2011 Hazel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I had some difficulty with this book in which Martha Gelhorn describes some horror journeys she took between the 1940s and the 1970s. On the one hand, 'feisty female setting off on adventures around the globe, unintimidated by lovers or strangers' is bound to appeal to me. Gelhorn's frank, no-nonsense tone is amusing, too, and I like the sense that there's no sentimentality about her. I do not travel for pleasure, myself. I have lived and worked in different countries, but that is a matter of pu ...more
Kate
I was brought to Gellhorn's writing after finishing The Postmistress, where Gellhorn gets a cameo and a few shout-outs for her war-reporting. They didn't have The Face of War at the local library, so I picked up this instead. This is probably the best travel memoir that I have ever read. Gellhorn is one pugnacious, brutally intelligent female with ovaries of steel. In Travels with Myself and Another: A Memoir, Gellhorn recounts her 'horror journeys': to the front of the Sino-Japanese war on the ...more
Lori
Jul 13, 2007 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenver I start to complain about the long flight to California with the kids, I remember this book and shut my mouth. And ask the flight attendant for more wine. Some women are just more adventurous than others (me). And some women survive being married to Papa Hemingway!
Rick
Nov 30, 2009 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Gellhorn lived 90 years, all but the first eight and last two of the 20th Century. It was a fine and eventful life, spent as a writer of fiction, journalism, and a world traveler. Her anthologized war correspondence, The Face of War, is a masterpiece of reportage. As a travel writer, Gellhorn is entertaining, curmudgeonly, and persistent in visiting places likely to offer pleasure and hardships in at least equal measure. The book carries three mottoes, one of which is “Leap before you look,” whi ...more
Karen Hart
May 02, 2013 Karen Hart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Martha Gellhorn doesn't use Ernest Hemingway's name when she is writing about travels she made with him, but by the time I finished my last adventure with her, I realized he'd been in the entire book, on every one of her journeys, and not because of her writing style. It is very different than his. It was the way she wrote of him, when she did, which was rare, but it was so powerful, I could actually feel the touch of one soul mate to another. Gellhorn is captivating, bold, reckless, romantic, a ...more
Genna
May 09, 2016 Genna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, memoir
"I was in that state of grace which can rightly be called happiness, when body and mind rejoice totally together. This occurs, as a divine surprise, in travel; this is why I will never finish travelling."

If you think Hemingway is a fearless adventurer, you must not be acquainted with Martha Gellhorn, a renowned war correspondent and his third wife. While a prolific journalist and lifelong traveler, Travels with Myself and Another is her first and only memoir which reflects on her experiences at
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Ampat Varghese
May 21, 2013 Ampat Varghese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
Fascinating - exciting - exhilarating travel memoirs of one of the wives of Ernest Hemingway. She loves cleanliness and comfort but ends up going through hellish conditions again and again as a war correspondent. The language is a delight. The observations unique. The narrative surprises one over and over and the book is unputdownable.
Pakuranga Smith
Travel is always a mixed bag - messy days of irritation and frustration, juxtaposed with all the wonderfully enriching experiences that you're supposed to have. I've certainly never read a book that so honestly expresses the disappointments, annoyances and sheer tedium of the bad days. Which is often wonderful, as you feel the misery and pain of her "horror" journeys, and really understand the power of the magical moments, such as when the African skies reveal their full majesty.

It is easy enou
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Abbe
SUMMARY: A brilliantly witty and intelligent memoir of the adventures, discoveries, rescues, and narrow escapes of Martha Gellhorn, one of America's most important war correspondents and the third wife of Ernest Hemingway. "Gellhorn is incapable of writing a dull sentence". The Times (London) "Martha Gellhorn was so fearless in a male way, and yet utterly capable of making men melt", writes New Yorker literary editor Bill Buford. As a journalist, Gellhorn covered every military conflict from the ...more
John
Oct 14, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is in many ways both tedious and haphazardly written. And it is wonderful and marvelous and educational and simply fabulous. Martha Gellhorn was one of the most interesting women of the 20th century. While she was undoubtedly the most experienced female war correspondent of the century, this book is less about her war travels than her personal travels. Best known, of course, as the wife of Ernest Hemingway during the WWII years, Gellhorn was every bit a woman in her own right as she de ...more
Sande
Sep 09, 2012 Sande rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Gellhorn through a silly little HBO movie of the same title. The movie took one chapter of this book,the one where she travels with husband Ernest Hemingway, and finally brought this outstanding singular woman to the attention of the world that should have known her name as easily as her best friend Elinor Roosevelt or Edward R. Morrow. But we don't. Written by her it is the closest to an autobiography we have this amazing woman who was the first female war correspondent starting wi ...more
Cheryl
I discovered Martha Gellhorn completely by accident, by watching the HBO film "Hemingway and Gellhorn", which should have been called "Gellhorn and Hemingway as she was by far the more interesting of the two writers. I looked her up and found that she was one of the most remarkable journalists of the 21st century and decided to check out a few of her books. This book seemed the most interesting to me-a recollection of her extensive world travels from her perspective as an older person, having se ...more
Annette
Aug 31, 2016 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favourite book of travel writing of all time.
Sharply observant, hilariously funny. I love how ruthlessly truthful she is - this is a breath of fresh air in a world smothered in PR and the cheery optimism of social media.
A book I re-read again and again.
Caroline
Apr 01, 2016 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly brilliant. What a dame - they don't make them like that any more. My personal fave was China during the Sino-Japanese war but there's gems to be had here in all locations.
Caroline
May 20, 2015 Caroline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish, world
Witty, ascerbic and with a great ability to laugh at herself too - but also prejudiced, dismissive and seemingly impervious to the burdens that other people are carrying. This is a book about Gellhorn's worst travel experiences. Usually in places of dire poverty. Situations that ought to be approached sympathetically, via an historical or sociological perspective, just looked at with blunt cynicism and humour. She also has prejudices that simply aren't true. Half way through, and I've had enough ...more
Katey
May 05, 2016 Katey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, non-fiction
Let me put it this way--I have spent more than 15 years in Africa, in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Sierra Leone, sometimes while wars were going on, have lived on 3 other continents, have spoken at various times 3 foreign languages, have lost count of the number of times I've gotten Malaria from my travels to tropical mosquito-laden places--but Martha Gellhorn makes my life look sedate.

The most impressive thing about her to me is her bravery. It appears that there is no place or situation that she
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Ronald Morton
As noted in the book's description, Hemingway is the "Another" in the title. Don't let that throw you though, he only appears in the very first chapter (section? Essay?) of the book and is not seen again. Thankfully the book is good without him, but the small parts where he is present really do stand out.

Besides the opening section - set in China - there is one other very stand out section about Gellhorn's trip to Africa. Thankfully, due to it's length (it's roughly half the book), it's the best
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D.J. Cockburn
Nov 30, 2014 D.J. Cockburn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Travel memoirs usually leave me cold. I picked up this one because Martha Gellhorn's name jumped out at me. I now realise what a treat I've missed. The book is a compilation of 'horror journeys', in which travel became a trial of endurance. Given that Gellhorn reported from the sharp end of the Spanish Civil War, went ashore at Normandy the day after D-Day and was thrown out of Vietnam by the American military, she must have had worse experiences than the ones she presents here. However, these j ...more
Kathleen Fowler
Feb 10, 2014 Kathleen Fowler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love travel writing and Travels with Myself and Another is among the best I’ve read. Gellhorn claims that no one wants to hear about your pleasant travel experiences—what they want is disaster. She is happy to oblige, delivering up her best "horror journeys" drawn from a lifetime of world travel. Just reading about them is daunting. How did she ever survive? She gives us a fascinating glimpse of parts of the world few of us will ever see (China, Africa, Russia and some obscure Caribbean island ...more
CD
There is no 'travel' catagory on my bookshelves, this could change that omission.

Gelhorn wrote a very literate book about travel upto and at the end of the era of such activity. Compared to the cattle car and amusement park experience of today, there is little or no adult reference for readers born after the early to mid 1970's.

Entertaining if eclectic read that includes some famous people she met and married and spent quality time around.



Pam Man
Jan 07, 2009 Pam Man rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gellhorn is a lady from another time, but her travels are more extensive and adventurous than most contemporaries. She resisted the temptations luxury and the practicality of comfortable, safe travel for the adventures that would take her to the places on the planet that few people would experience, allying herself with characters that would give most people pause. Her memoir is inspiring in its humanity and spirit.
Lana
Oct 14, 2014 Lana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. She was a brave and keen-eyed traveller (and often grouchy, which I can relate to!). Fantastic read.
Linda
Jan 25, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Dear Martha,
I got to know you through your book a bit late (Martha Gellhorn 1908-1998) -but better late than never as they say. I found through your book a kindred spirit, a traveler of "horror journeys" that reminded me of some of my own and made me laugh at the memories. Coincidentally, my horror journey was also recalled only through a long lost journal - self publshed last year - a trip whose itinerary I based on The Sun Also Rises (by EH). You , I am embarassed to say , were just a footnote
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Michelle Gartner
May 23, 2014 Michelle Gartner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure I would finish this book, the first chapter set in China was a little tedious. It was the only chapter that featured her ex-husband Ernest Hemingway and I was glad this book was about her- not him. Not that Hemingway isn't interesting, but I wanted this to be a book about her, and not a book about her famous husband.

The chapter on the Caribbean during the war was engaging and kept me going so I finished the book. Having fallen in love with the Caribbean, I wish that I could have s
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Siri
Apr 29, 2013 Siri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is now amongst my greatest sadnesses in life that I will never have the chance to meet this amazing woman, who speaks to me in ways that few other humans, living or dead, ever have.
Kai Coates
In the 1970s, Martha Gellhorn sat down to write this travelogue of the journeys she deemed the worst in her life of jumping around the globe. Gellhorn was a remarkable person and one of her best traits was a sense of fearlessness. She dove into a solo cross-Africa trip without ten minutes of concern for her own safety or even what to pack. She was also very funny and seems to relish the misery of travelling probably even more than the joys.

The title is a bit misleading as Hemingway, Gellhorn's
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Sonia Almeida Dias
This book was recommended to me as a travel book. And yet I cannot think of another book more capable of dissuading us of ever leaving the conforts of our home, as it is solely based on "horrour journeys". The Russia chapter is a particularly good example of this, even knowing the author made this journey during the iron curtain times.

Despite all the horrid descriptions, it was an amazing book written by an amazing person.

She experienced China and Africa when they were "unspoiled" by the globa
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Barbara
Aug 07, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, ww2, travel, africa
Gellhorn’s spare and elegant prose pours through these pages. She’s unflinching, unapologetic, opinionated, intrepid, and well ahead of her time. I am captivated by her.

Gellhorn traveled widely during the 20th century, often alone and relying on the kindness of strangers. Her opinion is that others are only interested in the horror aspects of one’s travels. Being peripatetic by nature and a war correspondent by trade, she has plenty of entertaining horrors to share. But she’s wrong about that be
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Sandra
Sep 04, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She is as good a writer as they all say. She is a straight forward person, who tells it like she see's it. No holding back. This book is a collection of her worst traveling experiences over her career. And even though these were miserable trips, you can feel her excitement to get up every morning, early, and be somewhere new to explore. What got to me is that this is in like 1940's and 1060's and she is trekking in countries that don't allow a lot of anything, let alone a woman, by her self, goi ...more
Laura
I admire Martha Gellhorn, both for her work as a war correspondent from the Spanish Civil War through the Vietnam War, and for being the wife who left Hemingway, rather than the other way around. I was prepared to really enjoy this book too, because I collect memoirs and collected writings of foreign correspondents from WWI through WWII.

This memoir is a set of essays about "horror journeys" that Martha Gellhorn, a woman who adored traveling and exploring new places, had experienced. "Place name
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