I read The Paris Wife at my family’s summer house. For some reason, most of the books I read that summer affected me in ways I couldn’t imagine. This book made me angrier the most. I usually sit at the computer as soon as I finish the book, but I had to wait for two weeks before writing this. I always say that when one finds herself in the novel, the work reaches its purpose; this book did it for me.
I’ve read Paula McLain for the first time, and I will continue to do so from now on. The writing style is fantastic; it just flows like water. What impressed me the most was the subject of the book. It describes the love life of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. Not only their love life, of course, it also sheds light on the time spent in Paris and friends like the Fitzgeralds and Ezra Pound. I’m sure literary freaks like me will feel the same excitement when they read about these authors.
Why did The Paris Wife affect me so much? Why did I leave my comfortable bed and go out to the garden at two in the morning? Well, it is all in between the lines. I’ve seen a few comments on blogs, talking about how stupid men are. For me, that is a total misinterpretation. Hemingway gets married many times, yes; he cheats, yes. But, that’s where the differences are. We need to see why.
The Paris Wife is a good book, which I can confidently recommend if you like Ernest Hemingway. Enjoy!
About the book: The Paris Wife
Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a shy twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway and is captivated by his energy, intensity and burning ambition to write. After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, so the pair set sail for France. But glamorous Jazz Age Paris, full of artists and writers, fuelled by alcohol and gossip, is no place for family life and fidelity. Ernest and Hadley’s marriage begins to founder, and the birth of a beloved son serves only to drive them further apart. Then, at last, Ernest’s ferocious literary endeavours begin to bring him recognition – not least from a woman intent on making him her own.
About the author: Paula McLain
Paula McLain is an American author best known for her novel, The Paris Wife, a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage which became a long-time New York Times bestseller. She has published two collections of poetry, a memoir about growing up in the foster system, and the novel A Ticket to Ride.
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