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The Paris Wife

A Novel
McLain, Paula (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Paris Wife


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Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash "beautiful boy" Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband's career.
Authors: McLain, Paula
Statement of Responsibility: Paula McLain
Title: The Paris wife
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xii, 320 p. ;,25 cm.
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Read this very good book with caution. It will make you yearn to time-travel to Paris bars and cafes, to ski in the Alps and see bullfights in Spain. But perhaps not to be married to Ernest Hemingway.

Report This Oct 04, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'd love to learn more about Hadley, and read a true biography about her.

Report This Aug 01, 2013
  • lizip rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I am so disappointed. This book whilst well written is mostly just long and boring. There is no story line until 3/4 way through the book when the plot develops. Everything beforehand narrates long an tiresomely the day to day of a married couple. Whilst it gives insight into the depth of love between the couple, it is just too exhaustive and repetitive, as someone else also mentioned. Then the whole story is rushed to conclusion in the last 4 or 5 very brief chapters at the end. Yes it gave a taste of the biography of the real Ernest and Hadley's lives and sparked an interest to learn more about them, but do yourself a favor and read the non- fiction or Hemingway's real works instead.

loved learning about hemingway. had no idea. made me want to read him. interesting take on marriage.

Report This Jul 06, 2013
  • nannyanne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It took me a while to get into this book. Halfway through, I still wasn't sure I would finish. The last third, though, had me hooked, and after I finished I started right in on Hemmingway's "A Moveable Feast."

Report This Jul 01, 2013
  • Bookluvaa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a fantastic book! I feel like Paula McLain really captured Paris in the early 20th century.I couldn't help but cry my heart out at the end. I strongly suggest this book.

Report This Jun 26, 2013
  • rochata rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I have always finished every book I have ever started ... except for this one. 2/3 in and I couldn't read any more. Story was very slow and not captivating.

Report This Jun 09, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The novel is based on the story of Hemingway’s first marriage and life in Paris during the twenties. The young Ernest and Hadley fell madly in love, left family and comfort behind, and moved penniless to Paris at the height of the jazz age. Their short but passionate and often volatile marriage is set against a city bursting with tremendous creative spirit. Hemingway once said of Hadley, “I wish I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.” This novel is a tender look at a man who is often known more for his machismo and taste for martinis before lunch than as a family man who wore his heart on his sleeve.

Report This May 23, 2013
  • bandblair rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent read. I found the characters compelling.

Report This May 22, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I don't know why I had such a hard time reading this book, because the writing style was well done. Written in a 1st person narrative the story is about the courtship and subsequent marriage of Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadly. It was not until I read the author's notes about this work being an homage to and further insights of Hemingway's A Movable Feast that I realized that the more that was revealed the less interesting the story became.

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  • michlmac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

michlmac thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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