Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961

by Owen James Burke

“Hemingway’s Boat”, writer Paul Hendrickson says, is the story of “A man who let who let his own insides get eaten out by the diseases of fame had dreamed new books on this boat. He’d taught his sons to reel in something that feels like Moby-Dick on this boat. He’d accidentally shot himself in both legs on this boat.”

Dozens of Hemingway autobiographers have tried to evoke the spirit of the late great American icon, but Hendrickson wanted to approach him differently. Pilar really was Hemingway’s true love. Upon ordering the customized Wheeler yacht and moving to Key West, Hemingway thought, ate and prayed fishing–his letters were littered with excitement over her, says Hendrickson in his interview above with PBS.

Hemingway reinvented sportfishing and modern yachtsmanship with Pilar to create a class of fisherman and boat that could only be akin to a man and his Rolls Royce. Hendrickson’s delve into the later half of Hemingway’s life on the water and its effect on his writing is sure to be a great read, so after watching the interview, jump on over to Amazon and pick up a copy.


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