Monday, June 13, 2011

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

 The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain

At the end of Ernest Hemingway's memoir, A Moveable Feast , he writes of his first wife, Hadley, "I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her." After their divorce, Hemingway marries three more times. "The Paris Wife" is the story of the woman that loved him before he was famous. 

This book is well researched, and fabulously written.
I am not a big fan of fiction based on real people, I find them trite and forced. This book, however is well written, the characters seem real and similar to how they are written by Hemingway.
Hadley and Ernest
The book is well written, written in the vernacular of the time. The book focuses on the Hemingways in Paris, of course, and they soon become involved with artists such as Gertrude Stein, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Ford Maddox Ford and Jean Rhys. 

This is a book well worth reading, and a must for fans of Hemingway

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