“okay?”Karen Murray wrote this review Tuesday, April 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this-- planning to read a movable feast, hemmingway's memoir of the same time that he was working on when he died”Amy J wrote this review Tuesday, April 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Written in the first person from the perspective of Ernest Hemingways first wife, Hadley Richardson, the novel describes their passionate romance and five year marriage most of it spent in Paris and Europe. Hadley was the stability and support Ernest needed as he struggled to write amidst the hedonistic lifestyle of writers and artists that he admired and despised in equal measure. Her love and loyalty was steadfast in the face of Ernest's philandering but she was deeply hurt by his expectation that she live comfortably in a ménage a trois. Following their divorce Hemingway married a further three times and eventually committed suicide. Hadley had one subsequent long and happy marriage. ”Hilary R wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story of Hadley Hemingway, Ernest's first wife. So interesting to read of his life written from her perspective.”Denise Leath wrote this review Friday, March 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very good, insightful, a look into the world of a great writer and what comes with being their wife. ”Claire Blasi wrote this review Wednesday, March 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is our April bookclub selection and I really enjoyed it. The story of Ernest Hemingways' first wife, Hadley. It definitely kept my interest throughout the whole book, although it did read a bit like a romance novel. I would suggest it for Hemingway fans and readers of Women's Lit.
“Good writing but it was hard to identify with the character. ”Geraldine S. Cruz wrote this review Friday, March 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the story, as told by Ms. McClain in a first person narrative, of Hadley Richardson, Earnest Hemmingway’s first wife. It is a bold move by Ms. McClain to give voice to Hadley, and she mostly succeeds. She has captured the phrases and dialect of the period, which includes a never-ending list of nicknames, such as Tatie, Papa, and Bumby.
Hadley’s journey takes us from her St. Louis home where she second to her sister, Fonnie, in her mother’s eye, to Chicago where she meets Hemmingway, and ultimately the glamorous and exciting Paris. The relationship with her mother plants the seeds of self-doubt that Hadley will carry through her marriage. The doubts range from fears of the inability to live up to Earnest’s prior lovers to her own self-image. This becomes especially true as other women drift into the Hemmingway’s circle.
The interaction with literary luminaries such as, Fitzgerald, Pound, Dos Passos, and the influential Gertrude Stein, gives the reader an inside view to the “Lost Generation”. We see them in their glory and their decadence. We experience Hadley’s pain when she loses all the manuscripts of Hemmingway’s work. Later we see the pain again as Hadley competes with the sophisticated Pauline Pfeiffer for Earnest’s love.
Overall it’s a well-done story and worth reading. I was mildly put off with an excessive use of adverbs and the writer’s fondness for the adjective delicious. Hem’s brown eyes were delicious; his letters were full of deliciousness. For me it became too much when I read about a “delicious looking baby girl”.
“I want to begin by announcing that I thought this book was excellent! The book is a fictionalized story based on documented events which is narrated by Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway's first wife, and covers the span of their relationship with a brief overview of their lives following. I was immediately drawn into the lives of these characters as they work at building a life together in 1920s Paris. Although their marriage is relatively brief, lasting approximately five years, the readers gets the sense that their relationship was a substantial part of their lives and who they were to become. Read more at http://thekeytothegate.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-paris-wife-by-paula-mclain.html.”Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate wrote this review Friday, March 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No