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Hemingway in Love by A.E. Hotchner
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I'm not sure exactly why I continue to read about Ernest Hemingway. He truly was a despicable man. Always searching, never resting. Restlessly jumping from one woman to another. Always, always having another in wait before he left the current one.

This is written by his friend of 13 years, who it seems was enthralled by the man named Hemingway. The book begins at a time in Ernest's life when he was suicidal and severely depressed. Hotchner found him in a psychiatric ward. This would be the final time of conversations and would conclude a saga that started a long time ago. It now became finished as Hemingway committed suicide three weeks after leaving the hospital.

This primarily focuses on Hemingway's first marriage to a young woman named Elizabeth Hadley Richardson. She was shy; he was vivaciously extroverted. Married in 1921, they lived in Paris while Ernest found his footing as a great American author. At that time, there were many other writers living in Paris, and they formed quite an amazing group that included Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound.

While in Paris living on the fringes of they rich and famous, they were poor, Ernest thrived in this group of hedonistic authors. His first of three sons, nicknamed Bumby, was born there.

Candidly, Hemingway told Hochfield of his gamble of loving two women at once. Never looking at this from the women's perspective and what they endured, Hemingway lamented about how sad it was that he could not keep both women and that Hadley had enough, and made an ultimatum, giving Hemingway 100 days for them to remain apart. He was told he had to choose after abstinence from both.

Boldly carrying on an affair with friend of Hadley and paramour of Ernest, Pauline Pfeiffer, came from wealth. Wearing fancy clothes and spending frivolously, Ernest was exceedingly drawn to her. Longing for both, poor Ernest portrayed himself as quite a victim of the difficulty of loving two lovely ladies....They had two sons, Patrick and Gregory.

Scott Fitzgerald could not understand Hemingway's selfishness and noted to him that loving two meant taking the risk of losing both.

Hadley grew weary of the drama and before the end of the 100 days, told Ernest she wanted a divorce. His marriage to Pauline was not a long-term event.
Ernest, through the end of his life, often stated that he made a huge mistake in betraying Hadley. Claiming Hadley was the love of his life, he selfishly could not understand why she remarried.

In Paris, years later, after two more wives, he ran into Hadley. Happily married, she was not to be swayed or impressed by Ernest's lamentations.
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Reading Progress

January 22, 2019 – Shelved
January 22, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
January 22, 2019 – Shelved as: acquired-in-2019
January 22, 2019 – Shelved as: bookoutlet-com
January 22, 2019 – Shelved as: i-own
Started Reading
January 26, 2019 – Finished Reading

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