From New York Times bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton comes a riveting novel based on one of the most volatile and intoxicating real-life love affairs of the twentieth century.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 friendshipforged over writing, talk, and family dinnersflourishes into something undeniable in Madrid while theyre covering the Spanish Civil War.Martha reveres him. The very married Hemingway is taken with Marthaher beauty, her ambition, and her fearless spirit. And as Hemingway tells her, the most powerful love stories are always set against the fury of war. The risks are so much greater. Theyre made for each other.With their romance unfolding as they travel the globe, Martha establishes herself as one of the worlds foremost war correspondents, and Hemingway begins the novel that will win him the Nobel Prize for Literat...
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Beautiful Exiles Reviews
This book was slow to start (possibly because I was received an electronic copy and had to get used to reading on my phone) but so enjoyable as you learned more about Martha and delved into her relationship with Hemingway. Martha quickly became my favorite Hemingway wife that I've read about. I didn't know what an established writer she was prior to reading this novel and oftentimes found myself frustrated with her throughout the book as she let Hemingway keep her from following her calling to t ...more
It took me forever to read Beautiful Exiles. I wanted to like this book but the whole time I was physically pained by how horridly Hemingway treated Martha - this perhaps attests to the Clayton’s skill in portraying Martha in the first person, but nonetheless it was difficult to read. The best parts of the book were when Martha was alone on assignment because she was authentically herself and able to pursue her passion for journalism. The writing is excellent, so I would recommend this to someon ...more
I have been enamoured by Ernest Hemingway since I first started reading his novels while in High School. I was not familiar with Martha Gellhorn nor her writing. I have been to Key West & have met many of the six toed cats at Heminway's estate (which has a swimming pool). I have seen the room where he wrote & visited Sloppy Joe's. Although I knew he had been married several times, & was essentially an alcoholic, I was surprised at his slovenliness & cruelty. His temperam ...more
I watched this absolutely wonderful HBO miniseries called Hemingway and Gellhorn in 2012. I had major movie hangover after watching it. IMBD users didn’t seem to like it as much as I did, but for whatever reason this movie just resonated with me and I was fascinated by this couple I knew nothing about.
I knew that Hemingway was moody and an all around asshole but that he wrote beautifully. Full disclosure, I haven’t read a single Hemingway book—-but I’ve read enough Hemingway quotes to d ...more
I have never really cared for Ernest Hemingway the writer—over several decades I’ve tried to read his novels and never managed to actually finish a single one other than my enforced reading of The Old Man and the Sea in high school English Lit class. I didn’t care for him as a person, either—what I’d read about him left me with the impression of a particularly flawed, self-centered, narcissistic man with an amazing sense of entitlement and who insisted on demeaning and diminishing nicknames for ...more
I'm embarrassed that I knew nothing about Martha Gellhorn. She desperately wanted to be known for her own work and in her own right but for the years they were together, she lived in Ernest Hemingway's shadow which is a bit how I felt reading Beautiful Exiles. I wanted Martha to cast him off and fly but the story doesn't go that far (it ends soon after their divorce; I don't think that's much of a spoiler--common knowledge he had four wives.) I suspect the rest of her life was equally if not mor ...more
Martha Gellhorn was an accomplished author and war correspondent. She also was Ernest Hemingway's third wife. Beautiful Exiles focuses on that tumultuous and doomed marriage. I would have enjoyed this book more if it had focused on Martha instead of Ernest with his narcissistic whiny behaviour. I did like Meg Waite Clayton's writing style and I will look for more from this author.
Thank you Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I really struggled with this book and ended up skim reading the second half to finish it since I didn’t want to not finish it. I really enjoy works the “Lost Generation” and enjoyed the honesty accompanied with who Hemingway was. Overall it was very enjoyable to read about those years of his life. My major issues came from the writing style.
*Maybe these should be considered spoilers but if you picked up this book you likely know your Hemingway history so I don’t really think anything can be spoi ...more