November 5, 2011 11:00 PM

Book review | ‘Hemingway’s Boat’ a sympathetic, human portrait of the writer

Pilar, the seafaring fishing boat Ernest Hemingway bought on his return from Africa in 1934 became for all intents and purposes his longest lasting wife or, at the very least, an object of enduring love. Pilar takes center stage with its captain in Paul Hendrickson’s engrossing “Hemingway’s Boat,” a mix of biography, travelogue and speculation that makes Hemingway far more sympathetic and human than he has come across in other studies.

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