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!
I was prepared to not like this book. Initially, I thought it may be something like a Nicholas Sparks novel, but I am glad that I was wrong. McLain does well developing a plot that wraps the reader up in the story. At times, I found myself adding an interior monologue for Hadley that went something like "I will kill you, Ernest" when he suggested or made a ludicrous statement. Overall, I think any one who is a fan of the works from Hemingway, Stein, et al. will enjoy this novel.