Saturday, April 9, 2016

#atozchallenge: H is for Hemingway

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This year I traveled to Cuba. You know, it's that little island that's spitting distance from Florida and should not be visited without special dispensation. I wanted to see it before MacDonald's arrived. I'm so glad I did. I learned a lot and I met some wonderful people. It seems they like us. Now there's a change!

I'll add a short T/F quiz to each post the same as I did last year about Burma, and I'll post the answers to the questions the following day. 

Answers to your T/F Quiz for G

TRUE 1. Guantánamo is the oldest U.S. military base outside U.S. territory. It was established in 1898.

TRUE 2. Guantánamo was established by Theodore Roosevelt during the Spanish- American War. Roosevelt wanted to make the U.S. Navy stronger and he wanted a permanent place for our ships to be able to stop for repair and refueling, thereby, making hurricane relief more efficient. 

H is for Hemingway. 

Hemingway made his home in Cuba in the 40s and 50s. If you read my A post you know he lived in the Hotel Ambos Mundos in Room 151, now a museum with his artifacts. He later bought a home on an exquisite property overlooking the sea. I didn't want to leave after walking around and visiting this place he loved.

The Cubans have restored and kept this house as it was when the writer lived in it. His typewriter, his books, his music are all here. I wasn't a fan of the man, but I was a fan of his writing, so I soaked up as much of his writer's inspiration as I could before moving on.

Several rooms had mounted animal heads from his African expeditions. One of the reasons I wasn't keen on him as a human being. There are others, but I'll save that for another time.
This was one of the vistas he enjoyed.
Entrance to the Hemingway house

Your T/F Quiz for H

1. Hemingway fought in the Spanish-American War.

2. His novel, Old Man and the Sea, was the last book he wrote, and it earned him a Pulitzer Prize.

Answers tomorrow


  1. That Hemingway house is quite majestic.
    Animal heads from his African expeditions? Harumph. That's all I have to say. Anything stronger may get me banned from your blog. Not taking that chance.
    Writer In Transit

  2. Not sure if either of those two things are true. The war might have been a bit before his time. Then again, he might have fought when he was a teen or young adult.

  3. What a lovely home. The people must have admired him. However, a house with animal heads in it gives me the creeps.

  4. This was so interesting to read and wonderful pictures to compliament your excellent post.

  5. That would be interesting to see indeed. Both false?

  6. A great post. I would love to visit Hemmingway's house. The pictures are delightful, especially the vista. I am often inspired by landscapes and nature. Thank you!

  7. There was a lot to dislike about the man Hemingway and a lot to like about his writings... I didn't do so well with your last questions. I don't think Hemingway fought in the Spanish Civil War, but he was there as a journalist (and if he said he fought, he might not have done so). The Old Man and the Sea wasn't the last book he wrote (It may have been the last book published in his lifetime) as "The Moveable Feast" came out after his death. I have spent summers near his home in Idaho and have been to his lake home in North Michigan and fished some of his rivers in the UP that make up his Nick Adam stories.

  8. Looks like a beautiful house, but the animal heads would give me the creeps :)
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  9. I wouldn't be a big fan of the animal heads, either, but the outside views are gorgeous!

  10. I'd say false on the war. He was in WWI as a young man, and his book A Farewell to Arms is set there. I like that book. He had his demons.

  11. Forgot to say, I entered your giveaway. I'm really enjoying the book you sent me to review!

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  13. Sorry, I had made a mistake and had to copy and rewrite my comment. So here we go again.
    I remember when he killed himself. I had just turned twelve but even then his writing fascinated me. I would go to the library and read his books in a hidden corner.
    1. False -He won the Pulitzer for The Old Man and The Sea but it was not his last book. He received the Pulitzer in 1953 if I am not mistaken.
    2. False- he was a war correspondent or report in the Spanish Civil War.
    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

  14. Interesting. Great pics.
    Good luck with the rest of the AtoZchallenge.

  15. I got the quiz answers right! I'll go you one better: I'm not a fan of Hemingway or his writing, but I'm now a big fan of his house! It's wonderful, and I'd love to live there! Today's quiz, I'm guessing 1-T and 2-F. Have a great weekend, Lee! :)

  16. How sad that he loved the big hunt. How sad the end he came too. Some demons are just too hard to beat.But so cool that you could step back in time to visit the place he loved.
    For the quiz, I'll just copy Pat's answers, is that cheating? :)

  17. What a fascinating place to visit. I didn't realize there were so many interesting things/places/people in Cuba. Fuster's mosaics are amazing.

  18. Well, he certainly picked a beautiful place to live! :)

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

  19. I have always said I learned more about writing from reading Hemingway's A MOVEABLE FEAST than I did from all the writing classes I ever took. He is my literary hero.

    Meet My Imaginary Friends

  20. It's fascinating to see where Hemingway lived! When you mentioned it was "spitting distance" from Florida, I remember my mom went there for the day with her girlfriend and some boys that they met while vacationing in Florida. This was shortly after they graduated from high school and of course it was perfectly safe back then. Another great A to Z theme, Lee!


  21. I had no idea his house in Cuba was so grand. It's nice that the people have kept his home is such good condition and take pride in his having lived there. Personally I never care for his writing style, though I respect the fact that he left his mark on American literature. #1 in definitely false. #2 is definitely true.

  22. I have photos of his Key West home. Nice to see the Cuban one as well.

    Yvonne V

  23. Beautiful location! I can see how it could be inspiring for Hemingway.

  24. I didn't know he lived in Cuba for a time. That would definitely be intriguing to see, from a literary standpoint.


  25. I've been to his Key West home but hadn't seen his Cuba home before...both beautiful locations.

  26. Funny, that's basically how I feel about Hemingway, too. Have you read The Paris Wife? About his wife Hadley? Beautiful book, but I was super frustrated with him. It also left me feeling paranoid about the ways I interact with my husband when I'm writing a lot lol. ..not to worry - he assures me I'm not a jerk like Hemingway!

  27. Enjoyed reading about Hemingway. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Really looking forward to visiting Cuba. Thanks for sharing the great pix.

  29. Interesting history. I am not sure what I think about Hemingway, but enjoyed the post.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

  30. Looks like Hemingway had a nice house. :)

  31. I am glad you got to visit his house and soak up inspiration. I am sure it was interesting. What a view! Thanks for sharing. :)

  32. I am also a great fan of his writing but not a fan of his lifestyle choices. You are so lucky to have visited this space!


  33. Yup, I didn't like that about him either. It's a shame about these great animals. I know he loved cats and his one had 6 toes and now there are quite a few 6-toed cats due To that. One. I will say true. To both

  34. Um, they're both true! :D

    I despise trophy hunters. They deserve to have their heads hanging in a room.

    Your cover is gorgeous, Lee!

  35. It's good that the Cuban government kept the Hemingway sites intact for tourists and history buffs.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  36. I've read quite a bit of Hemingway over the years. I would have loved the tour. Thanks for sharing


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