A bronze statue of late Nobel-prize winning author Ernest Hemingway is seen at the 'Floridita' bar in Havana in this July 2, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan/Files
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For a writer who explored the world of men without women, Ernest Hemingway certainly liked to have women around him.The Nobel Prize-winning author had four wives in all with barely a day between each changeover, as well as friendships with Ava Gardner, Ingrid Bergman and Marlene Dietrich.Now a fictionalised account of the marriages, inspired by his letters, examines what it might have been like to be the wives.The novel is divided into four parts dealing with each in turn.Paul Hendrickson's biography "Hemingway's Boat" looked at his life from the peak of his fame to his tragic decline. There was even a stage adaptation of his breakthrough novel "The Sun Also Rises" in London's West End last year.Although Hemingway himself often appears selfish and even foolish, his charm, magnetism and vulnerability also come through.Wood, who teaches creative writing at London's Goldsmiths college, travelled to various spots on the Hemingway map to research the novel and also put in many hours at the British Library. As result, the novel is packed with detail, down to the Miro picture hanging on the wall of the Paris apartment.Still, she said, she still had not quite solved the mystery of Hemingway's dependence on women.
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