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With Hemingway: A Year in Key West and Cuba

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"This recently discovered narrative recounts the author"s year, 1934-1935, with Ernest Hemingway in Key West and of the life he, the Hemingways, and their visitors led during that year." Illustrated with photographs. ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 183 pages
Published October 1st 1984 by Random House Inc (T) (first published January 1984)
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Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Subtitle: A Year in Key West and Cuba

In early 1934, Arnold Samuelson hopped a freight car and managed to get all the way to Key West, FL. He was inspired by an article or short story he’d read by Ernest Hemingway. Wanting to become a writer himself, Samuelson hoped to meet Hemingway for a few minutes and get some pointers. But Hemingway surprised the young man by welcoming him onto his staff, giving him a job aboard his new boat Pilar which included room and board. Samuelson spent a year with th
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Your enjoyment of this book will hinge on two things: how well you can stomach Hemingway, as well as your knowledge of Key West and/or bumming. I am firmly in the second camp, as I can't stand Hemingway's literary output (I gagged every time he referred to his "Farewell to Arms" as a great novel), nor his tough-guy act.

But reading about Key West before it became a tourist destination was incredibly fun. Also, the idea of Hemingway just taking in a wandering kid and trying to teach him the art of
Cara Mcnulty
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Arnold Samuelson was an adventurous 22-year-old during the depression that wanted to be a writer. In the spring of 1934,he hitchhiked to Key West to meet his idol, Ernest Hemingway. At the time Hemmingway was writing "The Green Hills of Africa". He ended up spending a year with E.H. including the Marlin fishing season in Cuba on Hemingway's new fishing yacht the "Pilar".

Samuelson died in 1981 and this memoir was found in his belongings by his children. I really enjoyed this book because the time
Johnny Di Donna
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pretty friggin' great,... the author, at 22, jumps trains cross country, knocks on Papa's front door, and gets to spend the entire summer of '35 fishing, drinking, and crashing on Hemingway's famous boat, The Pilar. How the hell do you not like this?

Oh, I guess if you're one of these super geniuses who gave this book one star because they 'hate Hemingway'. What was the tell that this book wasn't for you, Sherlock? "This book sucks! I hate fishing, Key West, Cuba, writing, Hemingway, adventure,
Vincent Solomeno
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir, writing
"With Hemingway" is a memoir of Arnold Samuelson's year as boat hand and student of the author Ernest Hemingway. The book was difficult to come by and published posthumously after Mr. Samuelson's death in 1981. I sought out a copy (they are difficult to find) because of my love of the great writer and Key West. I wanted to read more about EH's life in America's southernmost city.

Instead, most of Samuelson's prose is devoted to the summer Hemingway and he spent fishing off the coast of Cuba. Unde
John Hubbard
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Sometimes entertaining. Sometimes desperate. Occasionally insightful.
Julian Chu
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
A mixed bag -- but so was the flawed genius EH himself.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Takes you back in time.
David Bossert
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a wonderful read from beginning to end. It was an insightful tome by a young writer who spent a year with Hemingway in Key West and Cuba. Aside from the excellent descriptions of their fishing adventures there were detailed observations of Hemingway's work habits and daily life while he was writing Green Hills of Africa. Hemingway also imparts his writing philosophy on Mr Samuelson, which is sprinkled through the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will re-read it many more ti ...more
Annie Garvey
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was referenced in "Hemingway's Boat." It's well written and gives a glimpse of a younger Hemingway, still a bit of a blowhard. Pauline, who has always been a shadowy figure, also appears. Through his use of dialogue, Samuelson shows the uneasiness in Hemingway and Pauline's relationship. At one point they are on the Pilar and Hemingway keeps asking Pauline if she's having fun -- I'm paraphrasing. It's a melancholy story because we know how it turns out. There seems to be no happy endin ...more
Sean Poole
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This rare gem of a book was an invaluable source of material as I researched my book on Antonio Gattorno. Arnold Samuelson was a star struck young writer who thumbed from Michigan to Key West so he could talk to Hemingway about writing. Young Arnold made such an impression on EH that he became the only writer whom Hemingway personally mentored. This book is basically the log of Hemingway's yacht, The Pilar, for the year 1935. ...more
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think that part of the reason I loved this book so much was that my ancestor wrote it, but the biggest part was how simply blunt EH is about writing. I've been curious about writing myself lately and this book was a good push to help me start. Very good, sporadic read for anyone interested in writing, Hemingway, or nature. ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
A handful of pages in this book contain really excellent advice to people wanting to become writers. The rest was about fishing in Key West. Not going to lie - I skipped those parts. I suppose I read it with a skewed perspective because all I cared about was the writing advice from the get-go. Maybe the rest of it was fine.
M. Sarki
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first half of the book and the ending. The rest I could take or leave. Not so great, but interesting enough. I read it because of Hendrickson's Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961. ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
Sandwiched in between great advice on writing from one of the masters are a bunch of stories about fishing in Key West and Cuba. Arnold Samuelson is no Hemmingway, but he was privileged enough to take it in from EH, and thoughtful enough to capture it. Still worth reading.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
pretty cool, would have liked more insight into the relationship they shared.
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