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.
one of the most boring books I have ever read...reads like a Harlequin romance in too much detail...this book should have been edited before being published
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.
Story well written and executed. Very interesting. couldn't put in down. Narrator perfect for this story.
Hadley. she is strong and flawed and believable.
The first time she and Ernest dance at the party in Chicago.
I wasn't sure if this book would be interesting, but I was so pleasantly surprised. It hooked me from the start.
The story of Hemmingway as told through the voice of his first wife, Hadley. I felt I was going to learn a lot about a great American author whom I knew little about and whose work I was not very familiar with. I learned Hemingway is not a likeable man - A womanizer to the point where he expected his wife to move in with him and his lover and enjoy the 'conveniences' of the threesome. An alcoholic - every event every day is described in terms of the drink that accompanied it - champagne breakfasts, absinthe with friends etc etc. I reserve judgement on his novels as I am about to start The sun also rises.
The Paris Wife limps along from one scene to the next showing Hemingway indulging in wine, women and song. We move from one town to the next to explore which women he was lusting after and which drinks he was partaking of. I marveled at the patience of his wife, grew irritated at him and his faults, and wished the book would come to an end.
Having read everything "Papa" ever wrote and studied his troubled genius in school, I was unprepared for this "back story" and candid look into his motivations, beginnings, way he ended up in Paris, and meaning behind his final masterpiece "A Movable Feast". Even though fiction, the perspective of these from his first and seemingly only real love tells more about the man than he may ever have even known. A captivating read, strangely full of surprises and insights.
Blah, blah, blah. So much talk about so little. This voice of the first wife of Ernest Hemingway deserved to remain a footnote of history. The story put me to sleep more than once, and I didn't bother to go back and find out if I missed anything.
It confirmed that the man was a deeply troubled individual.