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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: September 2011 ISBN: 9781461846963
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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 Drawing on previously unpublished material, Hendrickson focuses on Hemingway’s life in its twilight, just prior to his suicide, and the seemingly singular constant in the man’s life: his boat,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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 1/12/2014

    " I liked a lot of the research he did into the history of the boat, but the writing style wasn't my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Wendel | 1/10/2014

    " Masterful job by Paul Hendrickson. He uses the decades that Hemingway owned his boat, Pilar, to frame the narrative. Difficult to consider Hemingway as just another macho man writer after reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/2/2014

    " First read Hemingway's Girl, then saw this in airport book shop. This is a bio but not a standard one. It is more than the chronology of his life. More of a psychoanalysis - really insightful. Makes me want to go back and read an old text of his! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 12/25/2013

    " Interesting book that focuses on details surrounding his boat - the one constant in his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 10/10/2012

    " Quite simply the best book I have ever read about Ernest Hemingway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Dickey | 9/22/2012

    " Some parts of this one dragged a bit (unless you love details about boats) but on the whole a really good read for anyone interested in Hemingway's turbulent life. This story has been told before (at least parts of it), but Hendrickson frames it in a unique way. Worth the read for fans of Papa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Shire | 7/18/2012

    " Started good and then got a bit monotonous "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly O'connor | 6/27/2012

    " If you kinda like Hemingway and REALLY like boats...this book is for you. If not, not so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 6/2/2012

    " Absolutely must read if you're interested in understand Hemingway "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 5/29/2012

    " Caveat here is that I don't give 5 stars easily--otherwise, this is a tour-de-force. Not written by a Hemingway scholar, but a very talented (and dogged) veteran journalist. This is 'creative non-fiction' at the top of the game. Hendrickson won the National Book Critics Circle award for his effort. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.