19 March 2013

Book Review: The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's tragic and sad in the sense that you see this relationship falling apart, but it is also frustrating for the same reason.

Hadley is this sweet, whole-hearted character and Hemmingway is this mythical creature she falls in love with. Dependent on each other for different reasons - hers more binding than his apparently.

You want to slap them both for their stupidity, and you want to hug the child (whose effect they did not consider). But mostly I want to slap Pauline. So entirely self-centred and unthinking. And yet she's still such a remarkable woman with all her modern ways. Hadley and Hemmingway set sail into a world they knew nothing of and suffered at the hands of it. They appear essential to each other, and yet this was their ultimate downfall.

Well worth the read - I knew little of Hemmingway and am now intrigued by this Jazz-age Paris and the creativehub it was.

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