The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife

by Paula McLain
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GEORGIAMOON More than 1 year ago
The Paris Wife is the story of Ernest Hemingway's first of four marriages. It is told from Hadley Richardson's point of view. Hadley and Hemingway were married in 1921 and gave birth to his first son, John Hadley Nicanor "Jack" Hemingway in 1923. His nickname was "Bumby" and Mariel and Margaux Hemingway were his daughters. This is a wonderful read that gives us a new perspective of Ernest Hemingway's genius and life. This is a characterization of a flawed man through the eyes of his young, shy, pretty first wife. The Nobel Prize winning author appreciated the stability and grounding his wife had given him and later, after three other wives said of her..."I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her. She was the best and truest and loveliest person I have ever known." Those words made me tingle all over.
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
I was never a fan of Hemingway, but have always intrigued by his larger than life personality. Paula McLain has weaved a wondrous blend of fact and fiction to bring the story behind Hemingway's first wife and love Elizabeth Hadley Richardson. If you look at pictures of Hadley from her youth, you can see her looks very clearly in her granddaughters, Mariel and Margaux. I imagine she must have been stunning with an amazing personality and sense of humor to capture Hemingway's heart so thoroughly. McLain's theorizes these ideas fully in this fictional account of their romance based on letters, written accounts and Hemingway's story, The Sun Also Rises, based on his own experiences. This book is for anyone looking to revisit The Cafe Society in Paris during the 1920's. I got the feeling that while Hadley loved her husband dearly, she didn't really fit in with Cafe society since the lax morals didn't suit her upbringing. It is fascinating to read how she dealt with Hemingway's affairs and the fact that he brought his soon to be mistress, Pauline, into his home life. Hemingway must have been like a rock start in that world. It must have been amazing to live through such a time period. I am such a huge fan of books like this, that take fact and work out the details so a story can unfold. It reminded me of Loving Frank by Nancy Horan which I adored. It even makes me want to go back and reread Hemingway's work. Of course, this story couldn't have been written without the famous characters and it is a fascinating romantic tale. I received this book from the publisher at no expense in exchange for my honest review.
Elsie_Brooks More than 1 year ago
Paula McLain takes her reader on a voyeuristic journey into the dispair that haunted Hemingway. Through the voice of his first wife, Hadley,she shares the dark side of the much glorified bohemian lifestyle of American expatriates in Paris during the 1920s. McLain's writing has a beautiful simplicity. She creates for her reader a sense that she is Hadley and The Paris Wife is her memoir.
tennisjep More than 1 year ago
I liked The Paris Wife. It kept me reading and interested. It kept me questioning the characters as to what was fiction vs reality. We read this book for book club, and I feel we will have a lot to discuss. Hemingway was a difficult man. His self centeredness effected his relationships and thus he lost many a friend and lover. I would definitely recommend this book.
Tennhills More than 1 year ago
I found this book narrated by Hemingway's first wife to be fascinating. Although this book is historical fiction, there is a great deal of "truth" in it. It is a wonderful, easy reading way to learn more of Ernest Hemingway. I felt so sorry for his wife at times, and at other times I wanted her to get tougher! This is a great read.
enticed More than 1 year ago
I will admit that I did not know much about Hemingway prior to read this novel. Despite that, I found the subject matter to be very interesting - from Hemingway, to Hadley to their circle of friends and acquaintances. Not only did I greatly enjoy this book, but i am going to keep it.
ReadsalotGA More than 1 year ago
I was surprised how much I loved book. I hated for it to end and missed reading it everyday.
dicheeks More than 1 year ago
The author stays very true to documented stories and people in their lives at that time. I felt as though I was in the room with Hadley and Ernest and felt the love they had for each other and the heartbreak of the end of their marriage. The book has stayed with me for days after I have finished. What an interesting and bazaar time in history! This novel would be wonderful for a book club discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely novel with great insight as to life in Jazz Age Paris. You will easily be swept up into Ernest and Hadley's world and feel like you are there with them. Great book. Couldn't put it down. Well worth the time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt as if I was given a window to Paris in the 1920s. Although a heartbreaking story, I'm now inspired to read Hemingway's works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down. Very interesting story on Hemingway's first wife (he had four) and what she put up with being married to him. Also includes bits about F. Scott Fitzerald and his wife, Zelda. After this book, I am more interested in reading more on the wifes of Hemingway. I read "Z" for Zelda Fitzerald following "The Paris Wife". Another, very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great love story of the 1920's. Earnest was portrayed just as i had imagined, and she was just as jilted as i had thought she would have been. GREAT READ.
ken-lee More than 1 year ago
It is not a biography of Hemingway but a very emotional, intimate look at a part of their life at a particular time. What happens has an intense, inevitability to it. She expresses it with all the shadings real life has. I liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives a descriptive insight to Paris and the lives of the expats living there in the 1920's. Rich prose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This allegorical novel uses rhe characters and events in the life of Hemmingway. The story has multiple levels for portrayal of the human condition. This is a very well crafted story of a couple loosing their interpersonal connection during the career building of the writer. However at a deeper level the seven deadly sins are showen to be the root of evil in the life of the writer. He sucumbs to all of them destroying himself in the process. Very well done indeed! Reread the Sun Also Rises as a companion to this book.
Kate7389 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book so much that I was sad to see it end. Eventhough I knew how things would eventually end, I was surprised by how much I was hoping that everything would work out for them. This was a wonderful piece of historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had all the elements. It was beautifully written, has colorful charactors and a picturesque backdrop of a truly artististic and bohemian time in Paris. I was utterly fascinated by the story and history behind it. Must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it - encouraged me to be more interested in Ernest and Hadley Hemingway bios.Recommending it to my Book Club.
KibKS More than 1 year ago
I was deeply moved by the story of The Paris Wife. I could feel all the emotions flowing through the pages. Anger, madness, confusion, joy, love,trust, distrust. It ran the gambit of emotions & feelings. As other's wrote, I didn't know alot about Ernest "Papa" Hemmingway. He was a remarkable man, talented and alot of the time lost in himself. You will definitely enjoy this read!
mariposa279 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I loved the writing style and the way the characters really came to life. The drama, the tragedy even the mundane managed to be poignant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Paris Wife is a great historical fiction read. Chance are if you like historical fiction, you will enjoy reading this book. It is basically an adventure through the 1920s literary scence in Paris from Hadley's view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting. Did not know much about Hemmingway before this book. Found it enjoyable, would recommend to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A love story for people who dont like love stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As written from Hadley's perspective I was engrossed in my reading. I felt her love, her desire, her pain and her choices. Ernest's love for her was deep but his desires could not be met with her alone...thus was the unfortunate part and his wanderings were almost from the start of their marriage. As shown that he married four times he was never satisfied, and his life was never complete as he would have wished it as told in the violent ending to his life at a young age. I would be interested in reading another of Paula McLain's novels and will hope to do so in the near future.
Sunnyo More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good readers' group choice. Intense discussion on the personalities of Hemingway & his first wife, their relationships with family & friends, and the era of women moving forward.