Key West, 1936. Headstrong, accomplished journalist Martha Gellhorn is confident with words but less so with men when she meets disheveled literary titan Ernest Hemingway in a dive bar. Their frie ...more
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Beautiful Exiles tells the captivating story of Martha Gellhorn's tumultuous romance with Ernest Hemingway, with whom she traveled all over the world, chasing wars and putting words on paper.
From the moment she first met Hemingway in a little dive bar in Key West, Martha was both repulsed by his womanizing, alcoholic ways and enamored with his talent, charisma, and the depth and intensity with which he felt the pain in this wo ...more
Not having known a great deal about Hemingway and nothing about Gellhorn, I found this book to be very informative. Martha Gellhorn's life starts out very slow but the pace rapidly increases as the wars of the world and the internal wars of Hemingway rapidly develop. As many great women of that era questioned their desire to be more than housewife and mother, the expectations of their day & the demand of the spouse, so too did Gellhorn grapple with this. He ...more
I've been a fan of Hemingway's work for most of my life, but had only heard of Martha Gellhorn from the movie about the two of them, so, I was intrigued enough to want to know more about both of them. This book does a good job of providing an inside look at their years together. Nicely framed in the turbulent times they lived in. By the time I finished the book I loathed both Gellhorn and Hemingway. Despite the talent they each had, they seemed so pathetic. Not anyone you'd want to kno ...more
Had not planned to read any more about this group of individuals, but liked this story never the less. (The books about Hemingway's wives seem to out number the wives!) Here, is the first person voice of Martha Gellhorn (wife #3) with graphic battle front detail, peppered with the volatile relationship of the journalist and the writer. Lots of tension, here.
This novel is about Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. It starts in the years before WWII and throughout WWII.
It was a very compelling story-both of them war correspondents, their complicated relationship and the historical characters they meet along the way.
It’s a fairly long book, but I truly enjoyed every minute. This is the first novel I’ve read from this author, so I will definitely read more!
This is a well written book about one smart, spunky, talented woman in a man's world. God bless us all who have endured similar experiences! Meg Waite Clayton presented a most believable rendition of Martha Gellhorn's life with Earnest Hemingway. Clayton did not just rely on "then we did this and then we did that." The story included lots of insight and feeling--well done!
There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed, but the destructive, emotionally abusive relationship between Hemingway and Gellhorn made this a rather depressing read.
Having read The Paris Wife, written from the perspective of Hemingway’s first wife, I was particularly interested in this well written book, written from the perspective of Hemingway’s third wife. The author captures the personalities of the characters in a believable way. The descriptions of the places and events are great.
This is the second book I’ve read, that the story is based on a wife of Ernst Hemingway. I found this book a little tough to follow, especially the dialogues between Martha and Ernst. The story does a good job however of conveying the struggles of an author to write a good story. Martha’s story of love and struggle is laid out really well.
Although written from the viewpoint of Marty, a female writer and 3rd wife of Hemingway, the story focused more on the life of Ernest Hemingway. I liked the historical coverage of WWII. The coverage on the struggles that writers have would appeal to anyone in the !literary field. Overall, an interesting read.
Clayton does an admirable job of giving the reader a wonderful look at Martha Gellhorn, a journalist of distinction, her volatile, toxic relationship with Ernest Hemingway, and WWII as seen through Gellhorn and Hemingway's lenses. Very well organized and easy to follow all of the various stories.
Gives an insightful examination of two authors and their private lives. One a man struggling to be bigger than life a legend but flawed emotionally.
Another female writer in love with the legends talent but trying to be remembered as a talented author her self.
The bitter sweet story of Martha Gellhorn and Earnest Hemingway, told from Martha's point of view, as if it were yesterday. It held my attention all the way to the end and beyond, which is saying something, I suppose, since so little does anymore.