I’ve always been drawn to the Ernest Hemingway myth. The life that man lived – wow.
In keeping with my previously-stated “thing” about making pilgrimages (of sorts) to historical locations that fascinate me, my wife and I travelled to Key West, Florida a number of years ago to visit his home and haunts there.
If we ever get to Cuba, we’ll do the same there if we can with trips to Papa’s Finca and the Floridita Bar he frequented.
My daughter and I were in Paris a few years ago, and we took an afternoon to walk the streets Papa H used to walk when he lived there…his cold water flat (now an updated apartment for someone; wonder if they know the history?), his favourite book store and cafe.
I’m not sure what it is exactly, but as a bit of a dreamer myself, I think the pure romance of his life is the thing; the adventures in Paris, Africa, Cuba, America.
Sadly, he eventually committed suicide at his home in Ketcham, Idaho. It was long thought that it was due to his battles with alcoholism and bipolar disorder.
Andrew Farah has been studying Hemingway for 20 years. By reading Hemingway’s letters, memoirs by his friends and family, and the FBI file on him, Farah has a new theory about the source of Hemingway’s downfall: at least nine concussions.
Concussions from boxing, car crashes, exploding shells during two world wars he covered as a journalist, and more. For example, following a plane crash that probably concussed him, Hemingway used his head to bash out a door and escape the plane.
Sounds plausible. Read the story HERE.