I've loved Hemingway for a long time, I'd say over 25 years. I know he was a flawed human being, a womanizer who drank too much, hot-headed, a hunter, someone who was certainly sexist and also made lots of enemies. I can see all that but I love him for being an extraordinary writer and a man who accomplished amazing things. All of this has led me to read plenty of non-fiction about him an continue to (listen these days) his fiction. This book was on Audible, sounded good, so I chose it and gave it a listen.
I'll say right off that I thought the narration here was good, often times excellent. Hemingway was such a complicated person that a nearly endless amount of books could be written on him and this one is a worthy addition.
I judge any non-fiction book on him now on whether it entertains me, is well researched, does not shy from the truth and gives me more details about his life than I had before, this book does all 3.
As usual, I won't go into all the details, it's full of great stories. While it's a little slow getting started, once we get to his involvement with the Spanish Civil War (an early fight against fascists, where the good guys lost), I was glued to my headphones. I don't think anyone like Hemingway has ever been around since maybe they can't exist in our modern world but I'll keep learning about Papa for the rest of my life.
Did this book change the way I feel about him? I suppose it did. While I knew he committed suicide I didn't know all the details surrounding it, I didn't know the depths of his despair or how those who loved him tried so hard to help. If you can't handle depressing details of the last days of a man's life, maybe skip over that part, is heartbreakingto listen to. The book dispels some myths I had about it but for me does nothing to deter from his legend. It's like Papa is a jigsaw puzzle and this book fils in more of the picture.
I give it a solid 8.5 out of 10, I didn't want the book to end and as I said loved 3/4 of it. Any Hemingway fan will love this book and anyone else who just enjoys a good non-fiction tale will also do the same. Not for children due to language and mature themes, along with some descriptions of violence. Ages 14+, a strong recommendation from me.