While historically interesting, the over-consumption of alcohol seemed to be more the focus of this novel than the characters themselves. The concept of this novel was such a good opportunity to build upon the complexities of Hemmingway's personality and all the odd-ball characters that he surrounded himself with but every character (including Hemmingway's) seemed one dimensional and lifeless. And, the narrator's depiction of Hadley was awful - it was just not believable that she was a stupid, blind fool on one hand yet a confident socially astute woman on the other. The narrator made her sound like a whiny & whimpering child. The one thing this novel did inspire in me is a desire to learn more about Hemmingway --- he certainly couldn't have been as flat and boring in real life as he was characterized in this novel. The beginning of this novel was so promising, the middle so boring and the end so predictable. . .
If you've read Hemmingway, you'll find a this book of his life a poinient broken mirror in many pieces depecting many events from his novels in his real life through the eyes of his wife. Beautifully painted famous characters and scenes from Chicago to France among others!
Kept waiting for the story to have some substance but just dragged along. Finally gave up,
reading is pure joy
dropping literary names does not a novel make -- and the reader did not help the cause. The writer TOLD us most of the time, doing a poor Hemingway imitation, starting 1/2 way thru the book . Things are all fine and good and strong.
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I did really like the story and the setting. However, knowing that I was getting near the end, I knew the story wasn't going to be complete and it said that this was just one part, so didn't get to hear the end and it wasn't listed as to how to find the other part. Any recommendation as to how to get
travel to Paris
just help me acquire the end of the story.
I stopped listening to this book a little over half way through the first part. I enjoyed listing to what was going on in her life in the States - where she was living her own life. It was a horrible life, to be sure, but lots was going on, she was climbing out of it into a new life.
In Paris, where everything was going on, she was unable to make a life of her own, but was only someone else's wife!