Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The Paris Wife Book review no. 13



A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill-prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.
A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley

(The above text from Good reads)

I read this book as part of a book club hosted by  Once upon a Tea Time, having never participated in any kind of book club before when I saw this one I thought, why not, a virtual book club doesn't seem to have the same kind of pressure as a face to face one. As much as I have always thought they seem like a great idea, I’ve never really fancied sitting around in a circle trying to find something intellectual to say about a book.

This book is one I would never have read if it hadn’t been for the club, which is one reason I thought it would be good to join in, to as they say broaden the horizons some what.

This is the story of Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley, told by Hadley, their life in 1920’s Paris, before Hemmingway became published in any major way. I have to admit I found this book a bit boring. I feel like I should have enjoyed it a lot more than I did.

It does give a good insight into Hemingway and his life as a struggling writer and newly wed, and tells how their relationship changes through their marriage,so if that’s what you are looking for, then this book is for you. I am glad I read it, I just found it a bit disappointing and couldn’t wait to finish it which is never a good sign in a book!

Oh well, on to the next one!


1 comment:

  1. I'm reading the Paris Wife now, I haven't gotten very far in yet so I'm a bit bummed to hear you were disappointed. Oh well, it will keep me busy on the train regardless.