Marriage to Ernest Hemingway would be the ultimate challenge. Combine his personality and restleness with Hadley's insecurities and dependency is to realize there can be nothing other than a turmulous outcome. Their relationship was not fun to read about but hearing about the people ( Stein, Pound, Fitzgeralds) living in Paris at the same time makes this book.
It was a book club book. I don't think I would have finished it if it were a printed book. I personally am not a Heminway fan and the foreshadowing is a little heavy in this book. (
if they want a glimpse of what Hemingway's life was like in the early years then yes, but otherwise no, especially if you don't like bull fighting which I detest.
Ok but not riveting. Needs to learn Spanish pronunciation.
I would rent the DVD so I could skip the bull fighting.
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.
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.
The story is a but sad really. But the book is well written and compelling. Sometimes the narrator's voice for other characters is not the best but the book and the story are wonderful if you want to know more about this time in Paris, these writers and artists.
While not the most compelling fare for me, This book waited in my library for almost three years before I made the time for it, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by Paula Mc Clain's superb writing. She delivers a novel based on actual history, which reads as if it were real in nearly every detail. The dialog, the inner thoughts of the characters, and the action, all sound real.
I found this history interesting, and moreover that the excellent writing made me glad I finally gave this a listen.
The reader had a strong steady voice and a a sweet and loving tone that portrayed the aim character, Hadley, in the way I think the author intended. Good work all round.