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The Paris Wife
by Paula Mclain

PBR Review 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.
Talking Points: Love stories will never go out of vogue and this one is no exception, it beautiful but sad. The life style of Paris in the early 20's will promote some lively discussion,as will Hemingway and his caddish ways. Hadley is hurt many times over by those she trusts, including Hemingway. She makes many sacrifices to support her husband and lessen the strain the birth of their son has on their marriage. It would also be interesting to compare Hemingway,s "A Movable Feast", written during the same time period.
PBR Reader Comments:
Tolerable, but would never recommend this book. Boring and poorly written.
by-cilla 2012/07/28, 10:33 AM

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