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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 22, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004OWZ6QI
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Paula McLain researched their biographies, letters, and Hemingway's novels, culling the material to imagine a story of their charmed and battered marriage in Paris, from 1921-1926. The tortured life and tragically foreshadowed suicide of Ernest Hemingway is public knowledge, as was his legendary womanizing. McLain's novel dodges the palaver, blending the facts that are known together with credible inference, creating a plausible, informed depiction of Hemingway and Hadley's marriage--the quotidian, the famed, the halcyon, the harsh.
The author writes from Hadley's point of view, inviting the reader inside their most tender and demolishing moments. A few choice sections belong to Hemingway's perspective, urgent and telling. The narrative deftly folds in their histories--the years before they met--artfully revealing early and private woes, which ripple and sometimes hiss beneath the ardor. We get the back stories without muddled exposition; by the time it arrives at the failure of their union, readers have acquired a fluency of Hadley's nature and Hemingway's core.
Hadley sustained several painful childhood experiences that eerily parallel Hemingway's, and was a recluse and "spinster" at twenty-eight, when she met and was courted by the twenty-one-year-old Hemingway.Read more ›
Paula McLain has clearly read lots of Hemingway. The writing style is Hemingwayesque. It feels right for this story and for Hadley's voice because she was so much more reserved than the others in their circle. In the end, McLain quite neatly analyzes Ernest and the marriage, and the book is so readable. Although it is fiction, I don't doubt that it really could have happened this way. The book is obviously thoroughly researched. Historic fiction is so tricky, and I think it fails more often than it succeeds. This is by far the best historic novel I have ever read. I don't want to spoil the delights in these pages, but I will share a highlight for me. When Hemingway and Fitzgerald were editing The Sum Also Rises at the kitchen table, Hadley compared them to surgeons. At that point I think she realized that Ernest's greatness as a writer would surmount his failings as a husband and a human being. I thought it was a fabulous moment.
I really think this book is a triumph. The subject matter definitely piqued my interest, the writing was flawless, and I wish there could be a sequel.
I adored the book, "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horner all about Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress; it as well as "The Paris Wife," demonstrate the incredible sacrifices a companion must make to cajole an artist's tender ego. Not surprisingly I see Nancy Horan endorsed this book and rightfully she should. The writing is so beautifully strong as it exposes lifestyles of creative geniuses. Paula MClain does an amazing job of keeping the reader glued to the perils of this complex couple.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Drivel, as if written by a teenager for other teenagers who don't like to read. Ernest Hemingway would hunt this writer down and shoot her. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cinemaphile
An enjoyable entre' into a world of writers, through the lens of Hemmingways first wife, we are walked into a time that inspired great writing, broke through sexual norms and... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Edy
I taught sophomore English for 35 years so hopefully I would be interested in the life of Hemingway. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Shell
Told from the perspective, for the most part, of Hemingway's first wife. Very well written.Published 3 days ago by Traveler742
thought it dragged at times/ to many vacations and not enough good story.Published 4 days ago by elizabeth t. neubauer
Authentic to the post-WWI period with glimpses into the public (and possible private) lives of emerging artists, composers, and writers. Read morePublished 4 days ago by M. D. Marinacci
A fictional account about Hemmingway's first wife and their insecurities,struggles, and social circle of friends, as they influenced his writing career. A worthwhile read.Published 4 days ago by Sandy