The five stars says it all. The story though is the typical story of the up & comer future star and the love of his life and all the pitfalls they encounter in keeping a relationship together. The road to success is hard enough without trying to get there living in the fast lane of life which only leads this Paris wife to loneliness & self-doubt while being married to a sick, selfish, self-centered alcoholic. She comes out above it all in the end a strong, independent woman who finds herself & her self-worth despite it all.
I throughly enjoyed this story. Of course I had read Hemingway many years ago, but did not know much about his personal life. This was a wonderful peek into that life and the atmosphere of Paris during that time. I thought the narrator did a super job of creating an auditory picture.
Slow....interesting, but I found myself drifting off thinking about other things while listening. There wasn't enough movement in the story. There was no noticeable growth...not really. I wanted an exciting read. It wasn't.
I thoroughly enjoyed this interesting portrait of Hemingway and of the artistic community of Americans in Paris in the post-World War I era. Told from an interesting perspective, it offers insights into the life of an important author and the early influences on his writing.
I liked the perspective of the story being written from Hadley Hemmingway's point of view. As with many geniuses, Earnest Hemmingway was a troubled man and those around him were made to suffer too. Though this is a fictional autobiography, I found it to be enlightening and very enjoyable.
I just listened to this and really enjoyed it. The story is both sweet and bitter. The narrator is very good. I really got the feeling for the crowd, the time, the life of the Hemmingway's and their friends. it's a nice, easy read, pretty easy to keep track of all the characters. I recommend listening.
I found I struggled a little after about the half way point because not a lot seemed to be happening. Once I finished the book, I realized that there was a great deal happening in a subtle way! I really enjoyed this book. Carrington MacDuffie was extremely easy to listen to and to believe!
The internal dialogue was so boring although the rather flat narration was a good match. It could have been a really great story, but fell very short.
The narrator adds flair to the story, which is told beautifully through Hemingway's first wife. Highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to drift back into the roaring literary twenties.