|Plot Summary of Running With the Bulls|
|" A young Irish woman, Valerie Dabney-Smith met Ernest Hemingway in Spain in 1959. The writer took an immediate liking to her and offered her a job as a kind of private secretary. She accompanied him and his wife, Mary as they toured the Spanish bull rings getting material for a magazine article. When the Hemingways were to return to the United States, she was asked to meet them in Cuba and continue working with him. Her memoir details what life with the writer was like, his love of gift giving, his animosities with his sons and ex-wives, his love of Cuba and the Cuban people. After the writer's suicide she was asked to catalogue many of the writer's private papers.
Later she married his youngest son Greg who had serious mental problems. They were eventually divorced. She also discusses her relationship with Irish playwright Brenden Behan with who she had a child before her marriage."
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Running With the Bulls|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- Caribbean Islands
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- More 6-10 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
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