BOOK REVIEWS FOR HEMINGWAY'S CATS
Carlene Fredericka Brennen's volume shows Papa Hemingway with the companions he called "love sponges" from F. Puss in Paris to the six-toed critters whose descendants populate his old Key West, FL home.
"Hemingway's Cats An Illustrated Biography" wonderfully endearing yet very informative.
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park
Brennen's biography is more than just an overview of the animals Hemingway owned. She uses his animals as a way to delve into his romantic relationships and marriages, his depression later in life, and she is one of the first to offer some insight into his tragic suicide in July 1961.
Too Many Toes. Love is a many-toed thing. At least, it is in Carlene Fredericka Brennen’s world. Brennen, … a Hemingway scholar, wrote all about Hemingway’s cats in her book Hemingway’s Cats An Illustrated Biography. The many-toed cats usually can be seen lounging around Hemingway’s former home in Key West.
Gulf Coasting South
Carlene Fredericka Brennen knows everything there is to know about Ernest Hemingway and she should. She has spent 30 years researching him. Hemingway so captivate Brennen, a newspaperwoman and author in Southwest Florida, that she had to write about him – and his cats, of which he at one time had 57.
The intriguing Manuscript goes beyond the painted myth about the author. Drawing from his novels, personal letters and family tales, Brennen's story helps the reader understand a much different character from the usual burly and womanizing personification given to Hemingway. It Pains an intimate picture of a man who loved nature, writing, and the companionship of his animals
Naples Sun Times
Gulf Coast Times
A man known as much for his love of cats as for his works of fiction, Ernest Hemingway's legacy remains on bookstore shelves and in the polydactyl residents of his old house in Florida and Cuba. Now they're combined in this fascinating look into the life and loves of one of America's most beloved writers.
"Hemingway's Cats" come alive in new book.
Hemingway’s Cats is a hardcover book with 190 black and white photos that explores the life of Ernest Hemingway, the women he loved and the cats and dogs he befriended throughout his life.
Pets were a big part of Ernest Hemingway's life. The author owned several cats and dogs, and his pets appeared in many of his later books. Such as the "Garden of Eden" and "True at First Light." Fellow animal lovers will enjoy looking at Hemingway's feline companions in Carlene Brennen's book, "Hemingway's Cats: An Illustrated Biography." Brennen introduces readers to Hemingway's pet cats, starting with the many cats he grew up with during his childhood in Oak Park, Ill., and Walloon Lake, Mich. We learn about Feather K cat, which Hemingway and his first wife owned in Toronto, and F. Puss, who lived with the author's family in Paris. No book about Hemingway would be complete without mention of his polydactyl companions in Key West, FL. We also learn about the stray cats he adopted while he lived at his Cuban farm, Finca Vigia, as well as his pedigreed pets, Princessa and Good Will. Brennen spent over 30 years researching Hemingway's life, and her familiarity with the famous author comes through in her book. As readers learn about Hemingway's cats, they can put faces to names by viewing the many photos of the author with his beloved pets.
Many books have been written about Ernest Hemingway The man who was larger than life itself. This book is different. It seeks to expose the softer side of Hemingway the hopeless romantic. The sensitive guy. The animal lover. Historians will relish in the photo story of an era gone by and it is a must read for those who seek to understand every component of Key West's favorite semi-native author. It is very Shakespearian, Papa's life in this book from soldier to suicide and is worth the $21.95 for those who seek their Romeo.
Key West Keynoter
For Ernest Hemingway fans - or feline nuts - "Hemingway's Cats: An Illustrated Biography," offers a look at the big man's love of cats. His affection for felines, according to the book, reveals "a softer side to his character than is usually portrayed by the macho image of the hunter and fisherman."
The Tampa Tribune
Brennen has corrected history's oversight with "Hemingway's Cats" a loving look at the soft underbelly of the macho man of American letters. There is something for cat fanciers and Hemingway scholars alike in this detailed account of the animals that filled the author's leisure hours and had a sneaky way of tiptoeing into his fiction. You may not recognize the names of F. Puss, Boise, Princessa, Wax Puppy or the beloved Black Dog at first light, but you'll know and love them by the end of this handsome black-coffee table book.
This is an exquisite book; the writing is luminous, the choice of photographs to illustrate the text, brilliant. Brennen has complied a treasure of a biography of this famous man; with careful and thorough research both in Hemingway's personal life and in the historical events that impacted on his tumultuous life.
Through family photographs, shared letters and excerpts from his books, Carlene Brennen's latest release "Hemingway's Cats," proves the deep devotion he possessed for his cats. From Boise and Big Boy Peterson, to Friendless and Friendless' Brother, these cats watched as Hemingway earned respect and world-wide acclaim, and now they get theirs. Although many books have been written about Hemingway, they only touched on his love for animals. After 11 years of research in both Key West and Cuba, Brennen drenched readers with nostalgia on a subject that had been overlooked. Hemingway spent his life being trailed by his tailed friends, and now with the publication of this book, they can continue to follow him through history with dignity.
Key West Citizen
If you love cats, then this book is for you. If you love Hemingway, then this book is for you. Actually this book is for anyone, including young readers who love lots of pictures. Hemingway's Cats lists every cat by name and biography. It is a tour-de-force about Hemingway, his intensity, and his wonderful cats. There is no other book that compares to it.
The Island Sand Paper
All myths, legends, and tall tales to the contrary, Ernest Hemingway was a sensitive man. This is the story Carlene Brennen tells with her latest Hemingway biography Hemingway's Cats.
Cape Coral Daily Breeze
In her research, Brennen uncovered Hemingway's extreme love and devotion to cats.
North Fort Myers Neighbor
This book is for both cat lovers and Hemingway fans, spanning from Hemingway's childhood to his suicide at which time he had 57 cats at his residence in Cuba, all of which he knew by name.
Fort Myers Beach Observer
Brennen's book focuses on Hemingway's love of cats and dogs he adopted around the world.
Brennen's remarkable book is filled with an abundance of photos of Hemingway, his wives, his mistresses, his children, his cats, his dogs and his many residences. The author writes an unvarnished but not unkindly account of the man's life.
The River Weekly News
Carlene Fredericka Brennen's Hemingway's Cats: An Illustrated Biography delivers on its title with plenty of photographs.
This is a very readable, well laid out and beautiful piece of work, and the author, her editor, and her photo reproduction artistare worthy of high praise.
Sanibel-Captiva Shopper's Guide
Carlene Fredericka Brennen is a cat fancier and a devotee of the iconoclastic writer Ernest Hemingway. Both interests merge in her new book Hemingway's Cats: An Illustrated Biography.
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