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Hemingway Adventure

Key West, Florida (third day)

Key West, Florida, USA 
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Hemingway's writing room, with obligatory typewriter and hunting trophy. Green Hills of Africa, To Have and Have Not and some of the best short stories came out of here.
Michael Palin - Hemingway Adventure‘This red one here is a marmalade tom we call Bill Clinton. He has seven toes, and yes, he has been neutered.’

All the rooms are fully accessible except for his writing room, located above one of the outbuildings. It was once attached to the rest of the house by a rope bridge, which must have tested Papa’s sobriety. It is unconvincingly pristine, with dead animals on the wall and the obligatory typewriter as its central feature. (Hemingway seems to have had as many typewriters as he had cats.) Visitors peer into this sanctum from behind a screen of Spanish-style wrought-iron bars, as if about to see someone tortured on the rack.

By the end of the tour I feel sorry for Pauline, Hemingway’s third wife, who, with the help of Uncle Gus, created this home for him. Our guide holds her responsible for the fact that we are all dripping with sweat. According to him it was Pauline who apparently removed the ceiling fans and had them replaced by elaborate wood and glass chandeliers.

‘And she was fashion editor of Vogue!’ Gentle titter.

‘Maybe it was a different Vogue.’ Bigger, if slightly uncertain, titter.
 
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Hemingway Adventure
  • Chapter: Key West, Florida (third day)
  • Country/sea: USA
  • Place: Key West, Florida
  • Book page no: 142

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