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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (635 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Hendrickson Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An award-winning historian and author, Paul Hendrickson here turns his attention to one of America’s most cherished literary icons, Ernest Hemingway. Drawing on previously unpublished material, Hendrickson focuses on Hemingway’s life in its twilight, just prior to his suicide, and the seemingly singular constant in the man’s life: his boat, Pilar. On this vessel, Hemingway would entertain and travel, but it would also be the scene of some of his greatest tragedies. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Heartbreaking…Hemingway’s Boat includes some of the most moving, beautiful pieces of biography I have ever read.”

    Arthur Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An admirably absorbing, important, and moving interpretation of Hemingway’s ambitions, passions, and tragedies…Acutely sensitive to his subject’s volatile, ‘gratuitously mean’ personality, Hendrickson offers fascinating details and sheds new light on Hemingway’s kinder, more generous side from interviews with people befriended by Hemingway in his prime.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Hemingway’s Book is a book written with the virtuosity of a novelist, hagiographic in the right way, sympathetic, assiduous, and imaginative. It does not rival the biographies but rather stands brilliantly beside them—the sea, Key West, Cuba, all the places, the life he had and gloried in. His commanding personality comes to life again in these pages, his great charm and warmth as well as his egotism and aggression.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “Hendrickson peer[s] into the intersection of melancholy and history…Less a biography than a deeply reported, achingly considered meditative essay, Hemingway’s Boat covers a vast amount of territory in the life of the mythic, difficult-to-understand Papa, all of it coming back in some way to Hemingway’s beloved thirty-eight-foot, two-engine, ocean-plying Pilar.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Henderson is a miraculously lovely writer. He twists and turns through time, moving sensitively between the books and life.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Featuring spry writing and clever insight…Hendrickson brings fresh meat to the table, delivering one of the most satisfying Hemingway assessments in many years.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Splendid…Drawing on interviews, documents (including thirty-four Pilar logs) and secondary sources, the author succeeds in restoring a sense of Hemingway the man, seen as a flawed, self-sabotaging individual whose kindness and gentleness have been overlooked in accounts of his cruel and boorish side…Seven years in the making, this vivid portrait allows us to see Hemingway on the Pilar once again, standing on the flying bridge and guiding her out of the harbor at sunrise.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, September 2011
  • A 2011 Washington Post Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Molly | 2/18/2014

    " Enjoyable despite some embarrassingly overblown writing and the fact that the author attempts to wring far more than possible out of the boat metaphor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike | 2/1/2014

    " Very well written and engaging. It puts out a few different speculations at the end. It did feel like it lost focus and wandered in the last 25% of the book. Enjoyable all the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lori | 1/29/2014

    " Too long, to many sad family member stories. More fun to just see the boat, at his house in Cuba. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colleen | 1/27/2014

    " An new take on the life of EH. I was particularly interested in the sections describing the lives of Hemingway's grown sons. At times the writing was a bit bloated. "

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About the Author

Paul Hendrickson has been on the faculty of the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania since 1998. For two decades before that he was a staff writer at the Washington Post. Many of his books have won National Book Critics Awards and National Book Awards, and he received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation. In 2009 he was a joint visiting professor of documentary practice at Duke and of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives with his wife near Philadelphia.