Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Book Review: The Paris Wife (Paula McLain)
Description from amazon.com: 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.
Going into this book, I knew very little about Ernest Hemingway, so I really can't vouch for the authenticity of any of the events described, but I did enjoy the book overall. I do have to admit, I was much more into the book at the beginning, it kind of started to lose some steam for me by the middle. While I was rooting for Hadley, she did annoy me in parts of the book....that could be due to the character herself, or the fact that the way she was portrayed was maybe an accurate depiction of the way things were then...I'm not sure. I found myself swept away in the book completely when it was discussing their courtship and the beginning of their marriage, I was flying through the pages (or whatever they're called on a kindle!). The second half of the book was not bad, by any means, but I enjoyed the first part more....but it's still a book I'd recommend!
Up next: All That is Bitter and Sweet (Ashley Judd)