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Travels with Myself and Another (original 1978; edition 1980)

by Martha Gellhorn

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Title:Travels with Myself and Another
Authors:Martha Gellhorn
Info:Penguin (1980), Mass Market Paperback
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Travels with Myself and Another: A Memoir by Martha Gellhorn (1978)



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"I was in that state of grace which can rightly be called happiness, when body and mind rejoice totally together. This occurs, as a divine surprise, in travel; this is why I will never finish travelling."

If you think Hemingway is a fearless adventurer, you must not be acquainted with Martha Gellhorn, a renowned war correspondent and his third wife. While a prolific journalist and lifelong traveler, Travels with Myself and Another is her first and only memoir which reflects on her experiences at any length. Spanning East Africa, Crete, Stalin-era USSR, and China during the second Sino-Japanese war, among others, and traveling via horseback, cargo planes, and ships transporting dynamite for the WWII Allied effort, Gellhorn's tales are as varied as they are ridiculous. Her reflections are evocative and inviting as she recalls endless mishaps, wrong turns, run ins with skin rot, and trash filled beaches. Gellhorn's memoir is a chronicle of her most memorable (read, disastrous) travels, often hilarious, always potently delivered. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
I have to admit I gave up on this book, although I had been greatly looking forward to it. The purpose, according to Gellhorn, is to recount "horror journeys" or the worst trips out of her many travels. But I don't get a clear enough sense of her point of view, and the anecdotes, written long after the fact, just lack richness for me. If one is interested in another side of Hemingway (the Another) maybe they would like this better.

Okay, I tried it again a few months later and enjoyed it. You have to look past her prejudices and accept that you won't learn a lot about the places she goes to, but you will get little glimpses of travel in a particular time period. Her travel to Soviet Russia was particularly interesting. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Four amazing travel stories by Martha Gellhorn, one of America's most important war correspondents. Made me move right into a biography of her.
  clprice | Feb 3, 2015 |
This collection of autobiographical essays is an unbeatable introduction to a writer of great talent, unfaltering conviction, and pitiless, razor-sharp wit. ( )
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The good traveller doesn't know where he is going.
The great traveller doesn't know where he's been.
—Chuang Tzŭ
Leap before you look.
—Old Slavonic maxim
Oh S. the sights are worse than the journeys.
—Sybille Bedford, A visit to Don Otavio
For Diana Cooper with long-lasting love
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I was seized by the idea of this book while sitting on a rotten little beach at the western tip of Crete, flanked by a waterlogged shoe and a rusted potty.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0907871771, Paperback)

A brilliantly witty and intelligent memoir of the adventures, discoveries, rescues, and narrow escapes of Martha Gellhorn, one of America's most important war correspondents and the third wife of Ernest Hemingway.

"Gellhorn is incapable of writing a dull sentence."
-The Times (London)

"Martha Gellhorn was so fearless in a male way, and yet utterly capable of making men melt," writes New Yorker literary editor Bill Buford. As a journalist, Gellhorn covered every military conflict from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam and Nicaragua. She also bewitched Eleanor Roosevelt's secret love and enraptured Ernest Hemingway with her courage as they dodged shell fire together.

Hemingway is, of course, the unnamed "other" in the title of this tart memoir, first published in 1979, in which Gellhorn describes her globe-spanning adventures, both accompanied and alone. With razor-sharp humor and exceptional insight into place and character, she tells of a tense week spent among dissidents in Moscow; long days whiled away in a disused water tank with hippies clustered at Eilat on the Red Sea; and her journeys by sampan and horse to the interior of China during the Sino-Japanese War.

Now including a foreward by Bill Buford and photographs of Gellhorn with Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Gary Cooper, and others, this new edition rediscovers the voice of an extraordinary woman and brings back into print an irresistibly entertaining classic.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:29 -0400)

Presents the memoirs of novelist, war correspondent, travel writer, and author Martha Gellhorn, as she recalls her life and adventures including her marriage to Ernest Hemingway and coverage of three major wars.

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