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  • Title: The Paris Wife
  • Author: Paula McLain
  • ISBN: 9781844086689
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chicago, 1920 Hadley Richardson is a shy twenty eight year old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway and is captivated by his energy, intensity and burning ambition After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for France But glamorous Jazz Age Paris, full of artists and writers, fuelled by alcohol and gossip, is noChicago, 1920 Hadley Richardson is a shy twenty eight year old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway and is captivated by his energy, intensity and burning ambition After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for France But glamorous Jazz Age Paris, full of artists and writers, fuelled by alcohol and gossip, is no place for family life and fidelity Ernest and Hadley s marriage begins to founder, and the birth of a beloved son only drives them further apart Then, at last, Ernest s ferocious literary endeavours bring him recognition not least from a woman intent on making him her own
    The Paris Wife Chicago Hadley Richardson is a shy twenty eight year old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway and is captivated by his energy intensity and burning amb

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    1. Several lessons to be learned from Ernest Hemingway s first wife on how he got his second one 1 If you can t be sweet and submissive at least be lively and rich.2 If you still have post pregnancy weight from a baby your husband didn t really want and have to stay in to look after it, then don t let the lively and rich and better dressed woman come on holiday with you Regularly.3 If you wake up to find that you and your husband have been joined by a naked female on his side of the bed what are yo [...]

    2. The Paris Wife made me remember why I love historical fiction so much McLain not only captures the atmosphere, but she does it with striking prose I was not surprised to learn she d published a book of poetry prior to this I just finished this book and I m a little overwhelmed by it, but I ll do my best to form coherent thoughts First of all, I cannot stress enough what an amazing job the author did of capturing the atmosphere of post war Paris Not that I was there to experience it, but after re [...]

    3. I ve never been a fan of fictionalized works of authors lives, and the fact that The Paris Wife recounts my favourite author s life during the writing of my favourite book of all time, The Sun Also Rises, antagonized the hell out of me It didn t bode well But I promised my sister I d give it a go she wanted me to read it because we d just read A Moveable Feast together, and she sent me the hardcover that she d read for a recent book club I couldn t say no.Then, straight away, Paula McLain pissed [...]

    4. ARC won on GiveawayMaybe a reader has to be a Hemingway fan to enjoy this book, but I ve sometimes found the artist interesting even if I don t give a fig for their art Sometimes an author has even given me a new appreciation for someone I was previously ambivalent about This didn t happen here, and I found the prose so flat and uninvolving that I bailed on page 207 It didn t seem worth the time and effort to continue.It s a straightforward novelization of Hadley Hemingway s life with Ernest Too [...]

    5. Dear Hadley Richardson,I will admit that having just finished this historical novel about your marriage to Ernest Hemingway, I have now googled you and read a article about your life I am happy to read that you apparently lived happily ever after with your second husband out of the limelight, and died an old woman at the age of 87.But I just have to say, Hadley, when you were asleep naked in bed with your husband Ernest, and Pauline crawled into his side of the bed with him, why in the hell did [...]

    6. I was in Grade 8 at school when I read The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway I also read the other few of his books that were on the shelf We didn t have a library in our school the bookshelves lined the back wall of the classroom, and when I close my eyes I can see the shelf where his books lined up The writing was amazing and I was completely captivated by the stories I also remember seeing photographs of the grizzly author with his white hair and beard, wearing glasses and a very serious exp [...]

    7. 3 stars only because I didn t know much about them, so I learned some things.To me, this book felt flat.Like a travel diary with lots of name dropping.We went _____, we met _____ I didn t really feel for Hadley.I didn t really feel for young Ernest.She lost him to another woman.She was better off anyway.Favorite In the epilogue, Hadley, who s moved on with her life, described him as an enigma fine and strong and weak and cruel An incomparable friend and a Sonofabitch.

    8. The PARIS WIFE is a mesmerizing novel about Paris in the 1920 s featuring the bohemian Lost Generation It is the touching and heartbreaking story of the love affair and marriage of literature s original bad boy Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson Hemingway.Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding , the deeply in love couple sail to Paris where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and F Scott and Zelda Fitzgera [...]

    9. This one just wasn t really my cup of tea The beginning was alright, but after Hadley and Ernest get married I lost interest I really had an issue with Hadley s character and I wasn t sympathetic towards her at all She was such a whiny pushover Now that I think about it I don t know if she was just a product of the times old fashioned and hell bent on staying married even though your husband is a complete prick or just really that pathetic Ernest was sort of a self absorbed, vain, asshole who wa [...]

    10. It was sometimes painful for me to think that to those who followed his life with interest, I was just the early wife, the Paris wife But that was probably vanity, wanting to stand out in a long line of women In truth, it didn t matter what others saw We knew what we had and what it meant, and though so much had happened since for both of us, there was nothing like those years in Paris, after the war Life was painfully pure and simple and good, and I believe Ernest was his best self then I got t [...]

    11. After watching Midnight in Paris, I found myself on a nostalgia kick I rummaged through my bookshelves and pulled out everything I owned by T.S Eliot, Fitzgerald and Hemingway When I saw The Paris Wife by Paula McLain on the New York Times Bestseller s List, I knew I had to read it while Hemingway s material was still fresh in my mind.Told through Hadley Hemingway s perspective Ernest s first wife , the story starts with the couple s meeting and continues to their eventual divorce six years late [...]

    12. I ve written a review of Hemingway s Farewell to Arms somewhere in this stack of mine And if you re someone who s ever read it, then you know that I m not the No 1 fan of Hemingway s prose Too short Too terse Too chauvinistic Tooyou get the idea.BUT and it s a big but here, like Sir Mix A Lot big , I am FASCINATED by Hemingway the author I have to say, The Paris Wife only made me that much MORE fascinated Did I mention I m also in love with Paris And that, if I were one to believe in past lives [...]

    13. A page turning novel I dare a reader not to go to the internet and look up information on Hemingway other characters in the book How could you not This history is fascinating and Hemingway was not the most likeable human being on the planet talented, yes Giving Caring for others hm.t so much Awwwwwww, and don t we all know at least one talented person in our lives with this type of character flaw lol

    14. Right in the feels The end of this book tore my heart to pieces I hated Hemingway one minute and loved him the next I love Hadley, she is such a magnificent woman who was an absolute gem in her time and reminds me of so many women who gave up the best for their husbands during their worst times and then only for their man to leave It s no secret Hem was a lover of many, but I think truly he loved Hadley the most Their love was pure and real This book was beautifully written if not a bit slow at [...]

    15. Onvan The Paris Wife Nevisande Paula McLain ISBN 345521307 ISBN13 9780345521309 Dar 314 Safhe Saal e Chap 2011

    16. I didn t get this book read before my book club discussion, and I was surprised to find that everyone loved the book I figured I d keep reading because it must get better, and I spent time in Cuba and toured Hemingway s home and favorite bars and now somehow feel closer to him I have been sadly disappointed in the book, however, and committed to finishing the book to figure out what I don t like about it.While I enjoy the story of Ernest Hemingway and the socio historic context, I don t feel con [...]

    17. We called Paris the great good place, then, and it was We invented it after all We made it with our longing and cigarettes and Rhum St James we made it with smoke and smart and savage conversation and we dared anyone to say it wasn t ours Together we made everything and then we busted it apart again Paula McLain has created a very entertaining, atmospheric novel depicting the lives of a young, up and coming writer, Ernest Hemingway, and his first wife and perhaps love of his life, Hadley Richard [...]

    18. From the opening lines of Paula McLain s THE PARIS WIFE, it is obvious that this author really knows how to turn a phrase The prose is nimble and witty even when it is also full of pathos The tone of the narrative is a conversational first person one with a smattering of American epithets that makes it easy to hear this woman s voice The narrative voice is very nineteen twenties, using the vernacular to create a palpable lost generation atmosphere This adds to the authentic, almost autobiographi [...]

    19. Fascinating historical novel about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife of four Hadley Richardson I didn t know much about Hemingway, their social circle of artists writers including F Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein among others in Paris, and their skewed modern views on marriage and life, so this intrigued me This is partly a love story, but cannot be read for that, or one would walk away disappointed As with most brilliant creators, Hemingway was egotistical and loved his work above all el [...]

    20. It took me a long time to get into this book and it really wasn t until the 2nd half that I was hookedor at least understood what a really amazing job the author did in this fictionalized memoir of Hemingway s first wife s years with him.I did find a couple of things to be lacking First, in the book, Hadley Richardson seems to take their lifestyle for granted While they live in near poverty, they are able to afford a great deal of travel throughout Europe, employing domestic help, and often main [...]

    21. This novel is written in the first person narrative of Hadley Richardson, the first wife of Ernest Hemingway I don t know why or even how but Hadley sat in my lounge room with me and told me her story I actually heard her voice while I read this novel sorry, I mean, she told me their story At 28, Hadley is a shy girl feeling defeated by life when she meets a young Ernest Hemingway Just beginning his life as a writer, 21yr old Ernest is fresh back from the war, self possessed and vibrant but, as [...]

    22. A storybook romance a match made in heaven surely it would last a lifetime, but it didn t This is the story of Ernest Hemingway s first marriage that includes the years of his early writing career It is told in the first person voice of Hadley, his first wife first of four The basic facts, movements and accomplishments of their relationship are well documented by previous biographies and memoirs This book is written as historical fiction, and is thus able to make the story come alive in personal [...]

    23. I m willing to admit my expectations were too high But this was truly awful As in practically unreadable And look at the sales figures Well, good for Paula McLain Now for my review.This is a classic case of historical fiction that stays too close to its source material, and then suffers under comparison with it I want to thank a reader with comments, below, who helped me clarify my judgment so that I could add that key sentence to this review Having read everything by and about Hemingway, I turn [...]

    24. Often, timing is everything At least it was for me when it came to Paula McLain s The Paris Wife I probably would have passed it by if I had not, several months after its debut, impulsively picket up a copy of The Old Man and the Sea on Barnes and Noble s discount table.When I first heard the review of The Paris Wife on NPR on March 1 2011, Hemingway and his works were distant encounters during my teen years in the 1950s Although novels as The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls were, for [...]

    25. This is a novel about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson, told from Hadley s point of view and starting in 1920 The book is called The Paris Wife because they spent most of their time together living in Paris.Unfortunately, their time together was not all that long, as Ernest being the bastard that he was, had an affair about 4 years into their marriage and ended up divorcing Hadley to marry wife number two Hadley had the last laugh though, as Ernest was to have four marriages [...]

    26. Lookie there There s something I don t do often I gave this book a five star rating And it deserved it This is the story of the Paris wife Hadley Hemingway But than that, it s the story of Ernest before he became larger than life, when he was the young newlywed, planning on a great life with a beautiful and charming bride Planning on writing THE novel, planning on becoming THE writer, which he did But as soon as his talent became well respected, his personna and his personal life became too gra [...]

    27. This is a very confounding novel to write about Maybe it was intentionally dull for the first three quarters It eventually achieved a level of conviction as the marriage between Hadley and Ernest Hemingway began to tank It s as if Hadley couldn t reflect on her married life until it was lost to her It was like reading two separate books The first part is filled with stilted prose and the daily drivel of everyday life It isn t until she and Hemingway return to Spain the inspiration for The Sun Al [...]

    28. Overall, this novel was a poignant and breezy read I guess with biographical historical novels, one would usually feel that the author, in trying to fill in the blanks of a factual account with creative bits, would tend to assume a sympathetic stance in regards to the protagonist otherwise why write the story at all Whether that sympathy is so strong that it lends a revisionist tone or whether it is balanced by reserve is a matter of the author s judgment call.The main storyline is riveting as i [...]

    29. I didn t like the book much because it was slow and uninteresting Yes, it was realistic, so real it was like reading an actual diary of an ordinary small town, stay at home mother of toddlers writing about her days wiping babies noses Although she met famous people, the descriptions made it appear as interesting as a dull backyard barbecue with tired suburbanites after work There were interesting bits, but Hadley got bored, so she was boring in talking about it What bored her Being the wife of E [...]

    30. I spotted this book in Barnes and Noble a year or two ago, and for some reason didn t buy it right then and there In a way I m glad I didn t, because I genuinely enjoyed the audiobook At first I thought the narration was going to be boring because it sounded so monotone, but I couldn t have been wrong.I loved the narrator, and I loved the story I don t enjoy Hemingway s work I much prefer Fitzgerald , but I love that time period during which he wrote so I knew I would love reading about it The [...]

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