Romance Books

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Book description from goodreads.com

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill-prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.

A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

My review:

Did not finish.

I have to admit that this is not the type of book I normally read.  I had heard good things about it so I thought I’d give it a try.  I will be honest, I did not finish this book.  I read about 35% of the book and completely lost interest.  I don’t have a lot of patience for books that are detail heavy, and this book was pretty much all details and not a lot of dialogue.  To be honest, I was able to get the story on wikipedia in about 5 minutes.

In my opinion, if you are interested in learning about Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway’s love affair, google it and read it on Wikipedia.  You will save yourself a lot of time and boring details.

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