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The Paris Wife
Reviewed by- linda (2011/04/03, 05:36 PM)
This story gets so much into the mind of the Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife and feels so real; I had to keep reminding myself it was fiction. It takes place primarily in Paris in the 1920’s, during prohibition, a vibrant and bold time - the Jazz Age- where boundaries are blurred and traditional values are scoffed at. The dialog, the descriptions, the gentle clean writing style pull you in and make you care about Hadley. Hemingway is notorious for being a womanizer; even knowing this you like him and can understand Hadley’s attraction to him. It’s bittersweet to witness their marriage and love for each other before things begins to deteriorate- they are so well matched, yet doomed. In summary, a very engaging read that gives life to the Hemingway’s, the era and the artists that made the Cafes of Paris their workshop. I look forward to more from this author and would love to read and re-read some of Hemingway’s work. He was a damaged but fascinating personality. Recommend this to those who enjoy a good story and historical fiction fans. Great Woman’s fiction.Back.

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