Ingway and a big part of this was because what I d read of the man personally made me actively dislike him The Paris Wife is the fictionalised story of his first marriage to Hadley and their years primarily in Paris but also in Spain and Austria I was sold on the idea of the literary Paris of the 1920s full of great characters like Gertrude Stein Picasso Fitzgerald and James Joyce What I got or how I read it was a really sad sordid tale of two mismatched characters in a doomed marriage And what I read of Hemingway in this account confirmed everything I d read of him of Hemingway in this account confirmed everything I d read of him too mysoginistic selfish arrogant a man who couldn t care less who he hurt on his journey to literary fame and who thought the world and especially his wife was there simply to serve him The glittering cast were also to me tragic screwed up and extremely unlikeable I felt sorry for Hadley but so much of what happened was made worse by her inaction there were times when I wanted to shake her or scream at her Nothing Hemingway did seemed too much and even his ultimate marital sin of introducing the woman who would become his second wife into the marriage and trying to make of it a menage a trois in my view simply because he felt he had to it was something others had and he hadn t tried wasn t the death nell it should have been In fact it took Hemingway actually making love to his mistress while his wife pretended to sleep IN THE SAME BED for Hadley to finally call a haltThis was a beautifully written book It was also clearly very well researched and I imagine a perfect counter balance to Hemingway s story of the marriage which he published much later But it was a painful read and I m afraid I won t be filling in the Hemingway gap in my own literary reading now The marriage of Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway is brought to life in Hadley s voice I was so enthralled earlier marriage of Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway is brought to life in Hadley s voice I was so enthralled earlier year by Hemingway s own take on his first marriage and their years together in Paris in A "MOVEABLE FEAST THAT I ADDED THE "Feast that I added The Wife to the TBR ueue I finished reading it this morning with tears in my eyes Conscientiously researched faithfully rendered I had to eep reminding myself that this was a novel not actually Hadley s voice Beautiful fascinating and eventually tragic Highly recommended and I am now adding The Sun Also Rises to the TBR ueue Interesante retrato de Hadley Richardson primera esposa de E Hemingway y de su vida en el Paris de los anos 20. NChicago 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 to write 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 serves only to drive them further apart Then at last Ernest's ferocious literary endeavours begin to bring him recognition not least from a woman intent on making him her ow. The Paris Wife tells the story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson from their first meeting in Chicago in 1920 through the colourful years of their marriage and life in Paris to the gradual unravelling of their bitter sweet love affair The story is told through the eyes of Hadley and works as a fictional autobiography of sorts McLain s research and attention to detail impeccable without ever sacrificing the very human element to the story Indeed all the characters spring to life from the pages such that the book never reads like just a factual account of these historical figures but rather their emotions vulnerabilities and experiences are captured in such a way that as a reader you feel very invested in the story and relationships conveyedTold from Hadley s perspective her character in particular shines through most of all McLain portraying a strong sensitive and mature young woman who succeeds in remaining true to herself despite the larger than life characters she is surrounded by Further her supportive and nurturing role towards Ernest highlights her as a central figure in his life her encouragement and gentle strength and resilience during his early struggles as a writer and with battling his own personal demons perhaps crucial than she was always given credit forErnest himself is a much complicated figure charismatic yet also unlikeable at times McLain provides a fascinating insight into his literary genius the figures that were influential to him and his own rise to becoming one of the most important writers of his time To McLain s credit even though the story is told from Hadley s point of view that never "Deters From Ernest Being A "from Ernest being a character despite his flawsMcLain also does a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of Paris during the jazz age with its bohemian SET OF ECCENTRIC ARTISTS AND EXTRAPIATES of eccentric artists and extrapiates the likes of Gertrude Stein Ezra Pound and Scott Fitzgerald her writing conjuring up the romanticism decadence and excitement of the timeThe central relationship between Hadley and Ernest itself is engaging and believable through all its highs and lows the challenges and frustrations felt by both parties particularly well portrayed especially in terms of trying to hold onto domestic harmony and a purity of love amidst a rising fame and when competing with an ambition as passionate and ruthless as Ernest s The story s ending in particular I felt was poignant. 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 to write 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 serves only to drive them further apart Then at last Ernest's ferocious literary endeavours begin to bring him recognition not least from a woman intent on making him her own. .


Paula McLain Ö 5 Summary

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And haunting almost as we come full circle in a wayPerhaps a little over stretched and slow in pace in places overall this makes for a fascinating read particularly for anyone interested in The Lost Generation with its rich evocation of that period in history but eually it makes for a mature and heart breaking love story in its own right The Paris WifeBy Paula for a mature and heart breaking love story enjoyable in own right The Paris WifeBy Paula Paris Wife is written as a novel but tells the true story of Ernest Hemingway s first marriage The author says that she was at great pains to make it as accurate as possible It is well written as far as the actual prose is concerned and is a fairly easy readHowever I was rather disappointed in the storytelling I was looking forward to reading about the period and the flamboyant characters involved in their story and found it rather bland Hadley the wife is a rather insipid character content to live in the shadow of her husband and to meet his expectations mainly that everything must be sacrificed to his writingThe whole book lacked passion for me How can you people a book with literary giants such as Hemingway Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein in the post WW1 atmosphere of the artist s uarter in Paris and it lack fire I expected much entertainment value and colourSue Almond2017 A really fascinating book how accurate it is I cannot say but great nevertheless not sure how much I respect Old Hem now What a brilliant book Incredibly well written totally engrossing and compulsive It s a fictionalised account of Hemingway s marriage to Hadley and their years with the Paris literati in the 1920s fiction yes but it s based on true events that actually happened It s written in Hadley s voice and gives you huge insight into what it must have been like for her living with someone who would later get the Nobel Prize for Literature He was obsessed with his work convinced of his greatness always craving recognition striving for success and intolerant of anything and anyone that stood in his way And there was his wife Hadley playing her piano trying to ride the waves I loved this book I didn t want it ever to end Then when it did I wanted to give it six stars This was a very difficult one to rate but it was so well written and researched I couldn t give it less though I can t honestly say I enjoyed it Here is whyI bought this to read in Paris though Paris was so fabulous I didn t read anything I have never managed to get through any Hem. 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 to write 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 serves only to drive them further apart Then at last Ernest's ferocious literary endeavours begin to bring him recognition not least from a woman intent on making him her ow. The Paris Wife