Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways

Running with the Bulls My Years with the Hemingways A chance encounter in Spain in brought young Irish reporter Valerie Danby Smith face to face with Ernest Hemingway The interview was awkward and brief but before it ended something had clicked i

  • Title: Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways
  • Author: Valerie Hemingway
  • ISBN: 9780345467348
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Paperback
  • A chance encounter in Spain in 1959 brought young Irish reporter Valerie Danby Smith face to face with Ernest Hemingway The interview was awkward and brief, but before it ended something had clicked into place For the next two years, Valerie devoted her life to Hemingway and his wife, Mary, traveling with them through beloved old haunts in Spain and France and living witA chance encounter in Spain in 1959 brought young Irish reporter Valerie Danby Smith face to face with Ernest Hemingway The interview was awkward and brief, but before it ended something had clicked into place For the next two years, Valerie devoted her life to Hemingway and his wife, Mary, traveling with them through beloved old haunts in Spain and France and living with them during the tumultuous final months in Cuba In name a personal secretary, but in reality a confidante and sharer of the great man s secrets and sorrows, Valerie literally came of age in the company of one of the greatest literary lions of the twentieth century.Five years after his death, Valerie became a Hemingway herself when she married the writer s estranged son Gregory Now, at last, she tells the story of the incredible years she spent with this extravagantly talented and tragically doomed family.In prose of brilliant clarity and stinging candor, Valerie evokes the magic and the pathos of Papa Hemingway s last years Swept up in the wild revelry that always exploded around Hemingway, Valerie found herself dancing in the streets of Pamplona, cheering bullfighters at Valencia, careening around hairpin turns in Provence, and savoring the panorama of Paris from her attic room in the Ritz But it was only when Hemingway threatened to commit suicide if she left that she realized how troubled the aging writer was and how dependent he had become on her.In Cuba, Valerie spent idyllic days and nights typing the final draft of A Moveable Feast, even as Castro s revolution closed in After Hemingway shot himself, Valerie returned to Cuba with his widow, Mary, to sort through thousands of manuscript pages and smuggle out priceless works of art It was at Ernest s funeral that Valerie, then a researcher for Newsweek, met Hemingway s son Gregory and again a chance encounter drastically altered the course of her life Their twenty one year marriage finally unraveled as Valerie helplessly watched her husband succumb to the demons that had plagued him since childhood.From lunches with Orson Welles to midnight serenades by mysterious troubadours, from a rooftop encounter with Castro to numbing hospital vigils, Valerie Hemingway played an intimate, indispensable role in the lives of two generations of Hemingways This memoir, by turns luminous, enthralling, and devastating, is the account of what she enjoyed, and what she endured, during her astonishing years of living as a Hemingway.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Since her interview with Ernest Hemingway in a Madrid hotel in 1959, Valerie Hemingway’s life has been inextricably linked to the Hemingway family. Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways is Valerie’s account of time she spent with Ernest Hemingway (as his personal secretary at the end of his life) and then as a Hemingway herself after meeting and wedding Ernest Hemingway’s estranged son, Gregory. Some readers have been put off that this is not strictly speaking about Ernest H [...]

    2. Prepare to witness people getting trampled, if you're going to read Running With The Bulls, the true story, in her own words, of a foster child who by chance ends up a close confidant to Ernest Hemingway in the last years of his life. Most know by now of the terribly troubled end to Hemingway's otherwise seemingly carefree and lively life (although it should be noted that he surrounded himself with people and made them stay up all night drinking and partying because he had insomnia due to a sort [...]

    3. If I could sit down to a few beers with American men of my choice, living or dead, Hemingway would be right up in the top 5 along with Robert Ruark and Ted Roosevelt. I think Hemingway has had his life examined in print to a greater extent than even JFK; it seems that anyone who knew him even slightly has written a book about Hemingway; some have written more than one. Valerie Hemingway is one of those.Actually, Valerie was only involved with Hemingway for a couple of years, getting in on the bu [...]

    4. This is an extraordinary memoir, written in graceful, subdued language by an Irish newswoman who became Hemingway's personal secretary and confidante during his last years, when he was struggling. She was on hand for the somber chapters of Ernest Hemingway's life, when depression overtook him. She was there at the Finca during the Cuban revolution. She helped Mary sort through Ernest's things after he killed himself. And later, she married Ernest's troubled son Gregory, and settled in Montana (w [...]

    5. True to the Spirit and the LegacyValerie Hemingway acquired her opinions and observations honestly. Running with the Bulls reflects three decades of interaction with the Hemingway family. She served as Ernest Hemingway’s secretary for more than a year. She traveled with Ernest and his wife Mary in Spain and France, and lived at their estate in Cuba during those final months they spent in that nation. After Ernest Hemingway’s funeral, she returned with Mary to retrieve manuscripts and persona [...]

    6. First half of the book was interesting, but after E.Hemingway died, the second half was just sad when Valerie married E.H.'s transvestite son. She spends a lot of time name dropping and explaining why E.H. (61 years old) requires her(age 20) to be with him most of the time as his "secretary" which includes swimming nude while E.H.'s Minnesota born wife Mary turns a blind eye. There is much more to this story than Valerie indicates which makes one wonder how much is fabricated. She also picks and [...]

    7. Dysfunctional! This is the memoir of an Irish woman who as a young girl worked for and became a close associate of Ernest Hemingway and his family. She later married Ernest Hemingway's youngest son and was for many decades an ally and a friend. Without going in to detail this is a story of rich people. their drinking, their sexual issues, their lifestyle and the people associated with that lifestyle. There are some interesting spots including the loss of their Cuban home when Castro took over Cu [...]

    8. Great book that fills in a lot of the details about the last years of Ernest Hemingway's life, from the dangerous summer to his suicide. Written by Valerie Hemingway, his secretary and later wife to his youngest son and later a journalist.Although the book covers Valerie's entire life, the focus is mainly on her relationship with the Hemingways, Ernest, Mary and Greg, which begins when she's sent to interview Ernest at a Madrid hotel in 1959.The last line of the second-to-last chapter speaks vol [...]

    9. eBook- Halfway through this book I was prepared to really not like Valerie Hemingway, her writing style, and her story. Other than her 'feelings' about knowing of the suicide in advance (spoiler alertEH killed himself); I find her writing to be very believable and interesting, and not grandiose. One of those not famous people who has written a good book and who I would really like to meet. Update- the book drags a bit as she explains her life with Hemmingway's son Gigi (who eventually had a sex [...]

    10. This was written by the ex-wife of the son of Hemingway who later became a woman. Valerie Hemingway kept the Hemingway name, obviously, but she really earned it by helping Ernest out with his manuscripts and writing. She transcribed for him. She lived with he and Mary, the last wife, down in Cuba. I found this story quite interesting with unusual points of candid observations that I hadn't found in other books about Ernest Hemingway and his family. I change my rating though as I have thought abo [...]

    11. Another perspective A very interesting read and perspective on Hemingway, although the latter years of his life. However, the authors own story and insight into Hemingways kids is very interesting.

    12. A Witness to HistoryI'm very glad that I read Valerie Hemingway's book. Like all family stories, this one deserved to be told. Blessings.

    13. I am giving this book 5 stars, it was well written and Anne Flosnik did a great job reading the book. I listened to this in my car. When I drove into my garage, I did not want to get out of my car. I wanted to keep listening. I am a huge fan of Ernest Hemingway. Valerie had an interesting and heartbreaking life during those years. What an adventure!

    14. His secretary's autobiographyAlthough only about 1/3 of the book was about Papa himself, the entire book is her life story as it was affected by a chance meeting with him. It's an interesting look into the world through the eyes of the privileged in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

    15. By the time you've finished the first chapter of Running with the Bulls, its author Valerie Hemingway is, in the strictest sense of the world, incredible. By the time you've come to the end of the book, you begin to wonder if Valerie is actually Anna Kashfi - Marlon Brando's first wife and later "biographer."Everything about the women is similar; Valerie, a young journalist, had no idea who this Ernesto character was in Spain - some novelist or other, in 1960 (when Hemingway was the world's most [...]

    16. UNABRIDGEDNarrated by Anne Flosnik12 hrs and 33 minsPublisher's SummaryA chance encounter in Spain in 1959 brought young Irish reporter Valerie Danby-Smith face-to-face with Ernest Hemingway. The interview was awkward and brief, but before it ended, something had clicked into place.For the next two years, Valerie devoted her life to Hemingway and his wife, Mary, traveling with them through beloved old haunts in Spain and France and living with them during the tumultuous final months in Cuba. In [...]

    17. I suppose it's my own fault for not fully taking into consideration the title Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways, and assuming that it would mostly be about Ernest Hemingway. Valerie Dandy-Smith, Ernest's secretary during the final years of his life, relays her sometimes charming, sometimes horrifying, but most often miserable experiences she endured with varying members of the H family. I wasn't sure how well the book would resolve after Hemingway's suicide, and it did at time [...]

    18. I read this book because I wanted to see if there was anything in it about Ernest Hemingway's time in Africa. There were only general mentions of hunting expeditions. The book is quite interesting and covers some time during the author's life in Cuba and travels in Spain.

    19. This is not a Hemingway biography. It is Valerie Hemingway's memoir, which begins when she began working for Ernest Hemingway at about the age of nineteen. She worked for him while he traveled with his wife and various friends, mainly in Spain, and his home in Cuba, where he lived in the late '50s. The book occasionally dragged and I sometimes got lost trying to keep up with the numerous characters. The second portion of the book, after Ernest's death, centers on Valerie's relationship with Erne [...]

    20. A must read if you crave more details about EH life. This book is written by Valerie Hemingway. She met EH when she was a young Irish girl (18years). Valerie was sent from Ireland to interview EH in Pamplona during the running of the bulls. The two hit if off and V ended up being EH personal secretary for many years. The book is written from personal experience, first hand information. She ended up marrying EH's youngest son, Gregory. Thus starts the most bizarre marriage/experience I have ever [...]

    21. I recently read The Paris Wife and this seemed like a good "bookend" for Hemingway's life. This memoir recounts the author's time with Ernest and last wife Mary as a secretary and general factotum. He told her that he was going to commit suicide, but only after she had established herself. She worked in the publishing field in a variety of positions. She continued to have a connection with the Hemingways by marrying Ernest's son Greg/Gloria (google him!)after bearing Brendan Behan's (is illegiti [...]

    22. The author briefly lived/travelled with Ernest Hemingway and his wife and she tells many interesting tales of how Hemingway and his entourage lived. It is difficult to tell how truly close she was to the author, but she was entrusted with sorting his papers after his death so I kept thinking that she thought she knew him more closely than she actually did. She continues her entanglement with the Hemingways by marrying the black sheep son. Unfortunately, her description of that part of her life i [...]

    23. For two years, Valerie traveled with Ernest Hemingway and his fourth wife, Mary. The descriptions of the bullfights are vivid. The descriptions of her relationships not so much. Whether it's because she's a trained journalist (keeping feelings out of it) or it's because it was so far in the past, it doesn't feel like there's a connection between the author and what's happening.The same is true of her marriage to Ernest's son, George. It sounds like a horrific experience, one that she seems to re [...]

    24. Fascinating first-hand account of Valerie Danby-Smith's time spent with Earnest Hemingway at his house in Cuba and on globetrotting trips as his personal secretary. She provides insight into his character that few others can. Valerie takes Hemingways last name when she marries his son Greg and the story contiues with the eventual breakup of their twisted/tormented marriage. The story is a bit disjointed as it switches from an account of Earnest Hemingway to Valerie's disfunctional marriage, but [...]

    25. It was an interesting read and told more about the writer than I think she realized. The constant name dropping was a little annoying but the reflection on how she felt the reader would prefer to read these things then her own impressions of the situation is very telling. She describes her mother early on and I doubt if she realizes the irony. Also an interesting look into Ernest Hemmingway's life and politics.

    26. Very interesting story of Valerie Hemingway's life with Ernest Hemingway, as a secretary and latter with his son, her husband. I read this to provide some background to the Paris Wife. This story does not address the first wife of Hemingway, except in passing, but I was curious about his other wives although this book takes place during Hemingway's time with his wife, Mary and his subsequent death.

    27. When I first stumbled across this book, it struck me that there are only a handful of people or less in the world who know what it is like to have been young, green, and suddenly in the company of a writer at the top of his game. Valerie Hemingway's book is a fascinating read, taking the reader into the heart of the life she led with Ernest (and Mary) Hemingway in his last years. She writes beautifully, recreating scenes and giving us a keen sense of what she experienced. Highly recommended!

    28. This was a very interesting read about one person's experiences with Hemingway towards the end of his life. I would recommend it to anyone who is a Hemingway fan who also is not uncomfortable reading about the Hemingway family's dysfunction (a lot of which was caused by Hemingway and/or seemingly passed via DNA to his children).

    29. This book is a must read for anyone that is interested in Ernest Hemingway. He was a very interesting individual, and is famous not only for his literary work, but for his life style. He lived his life fully and without regrets or second guesses. This book is more insight into the life of Hemingway written by a person who eneded up spending most of her life involved with the Hemingway family.

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