This book is honestly one of the best ones I've read in a long time. Biographies are my favourite kind of book, as they give me so much inspiration and helpful insight into life and personalities. I first discovered »The Hemingway Women« by Bernice Kert in the afterword of Noami Wood's novel »Mrs. Hemingway«. It clusters Hemingways life into five stages that coincide with the determining women in his life – not only his four wives but also his mother and his various love interests that run alongside his marriages or before. The book looks scholarly and is definitely researched very thoroughly. Bernice Kert interviewed most of the women still alive or at least studied their papers. This results in a very detailed representation not only of their lives, aspirations, thoughts and personalities, but also a better understanding of the difficult man Hemingway was. It also intertwines the lives with literature, from what real-life experiences Hemingway drew when crafting his books. I have to say that I've tremendous respect for these women putting up with this man. He must have been very charismatic, but also selfish, harsh and erratic and I also don't like the stereotypes he portrait in his book. »The Hemingway Women« is a very interesting book who is interested in literature (a wrote a bunch of books down) and how it came about, likes historic events reflected in the lives of real people and finds a richness in details and dates not overwhelming. It's not a novel - but for me Hemingway's life reads like one. .
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