I readHemingway's novel The Old Man and the Sea before, and deeply felt a warrior spirit that never gives up to fate from the story of an old Cuban fisherman fighting against sea fish. But, I never knew the life of Hemingway. Before Thanksgiving in 2019, my family and I went on a trip to the beautiful island of Key West in Florida, unexpectedly found, and visited The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. While pursuing the great writer's lifetime stories and feeling the tropical customs in Key West, I experienced the long admired verve of the outstanding author. This encounter by chance makes me feel very gratified.
Hemingway, full name Ernest Miller Hemingway, an American journalist and author, was one of the most famous novelists in the 20th century. He was a representative author in the "missing generation" of the U.S., his works reveal confusion and hesitation to life, the world, and society. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature with The Old Man and the Sea, both The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms also won prestigious literary awards.
Currently, COVID-19 is rampant throughout the world. I hope people of every country can adopt Hemingway's spirit of never giving up and optimism to defeat this unprecedented virus and return to normal life.
Key West is a vacation spot, full of tropical customs. The island kept The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum until today.
A portrait of Hemingway hangs in the house, at the bottom of the picture, President Kennedy, who was the American President, left a comment: there is almost no American like Ernest Hemingway who can bring such a big impact on Americans' emotions and attitudes.
Above the closet of the dining room are photos of Hemingway's four wives and their marriage life. His personal relationships were complex, which indirectly shows the characteristic of the "missing generation" of America.
This is the main bedroom on the second floor of Hemingway's house. Hemingway loved cats, these cats are legal residents of this property because they are all the descendants of the first polydactyl cat named Princess Snow White.
Hemingway's writing studio is located on the second floor of a single building at the back of the main building. Every day, Hemingway wakes up at 6 a.m., walks to his writing room, and works until noon. He finished A Farewell to Arms, the majority of To Whom the Bell Tolls, and other novels here.
The counter, sink, and stove are taller than average to accommodate with Hemingway's height. The decoration tiles on the walls were from Portugal and the modernized refrigerator was installed in the 30s of the 20th century, at that time, it was a luxury in tropical areas.
This was the first swimming pool on this island that was built in 1938, still, it is the largest one.
The first floor that is under the writing studio was converted into a shop for visitors to buy Hemingway's souvenirs.