The bestselling author ofThe Paris Wifereturns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorna fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedlyand uncontrollablyfalling in love with Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, Key West, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Ernest make their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career,For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man's wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that will force her to break his heart, and her own....
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Love and Ruin Reviews
4 obsession stars
There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated.
For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that would be his downfall. He was a person who believed himself to be bigger than life, perhaps even better that life itself. He was in so many ways his own sunshine and the people who fell at his feet nurtured that in him. Wh ...more
This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway’s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often overshadowed her.
The best parts of the book are Martha's travels as a correspondent, along with the descriptions of the Spanish Civil War, and the events leading up to WWII. She was very driven, independent, and adventurous, ...more
I just want to say before I review LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain that I read CIRCLING THE SUN by the author a couple of years ago and it's one of those books that I fell in love with and I still remember how great the reading experience was. I have yet to read THE PARIS WIFE (it stands and looks accusingly at me on a shelf at home), but I hope to get to it one day.
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This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I’ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me.
Ms. Gellhorn was still struggling to find her career path when she and her family met Hemingway while in vacation in Key West, Florida. He convinces her to come to Spain with him and report on the civil war going on there, she is able to secure a ...more
I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as “Mrs. Ernest Hemingway.” “Why should I be merely a footnote in his life?” she asked.
What might she think then of Paula McLain’s Love and Ruin, a novel that casts the third Mrs. Hemingway as a starry-eyed, adulterous bed- and continent-hopping ...more
Before reading LOVE AND RUIN, I confess I knew little about Martha Gellhorn outside the context of Ernest Hemingway. It shames me to admit that, when he was only a part of roughly nine of her eighty-nine years of life. She was a war correspondent for more than ten conflicts and a writer for sixty years, publishing five novels, two short story collections, and fourteen novellas. She wrote travelogues and memoir, and her pieces on poverty for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration resulted in ...more
Martha Gellhorn was an accomplished war correspondent and writer, as well as the third wife of Ernest Hemingway. Paula McLain's "The Paris Wife" introduced us to Hadley Richardson and Pauline Pfeiffer, Hemingway's first and second wives. "Love and Ruin" is a novel covering the years when Gellhorn and Hemingway were together.
Gellhorn and Hemingway met at a Key West bar, and became good friends. He encouraged her to journey to Spain to report on the Spanish Civil War in 1937. As a journalist Gellh ...more
Thank you to #paulamclain, #randomhouse, and #netgalley for my advanced ecopy of Love and Ruin.
Love and Ruin is categorized as historical fiction, but it is that genre of historical fiction becoming so popular lately, historical fiction based on real lives. In this case, it is the story of the relationship of Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, who would become his third wife. I became interested in this story for two reasons:
1. I know little about Ernest Hemingway except the MOST publicized ...more