Paris Wife, TheMcLain, Paula
1920s Jazz Age Paris; a glittering and golden city, home to Ernest Hemingway and his first bride Hadley. Amidst the energy and passion of the expatriate community with its cast of famous names (Fitzgerald, Stein, Pound and more), Ernest establishes himself as a literary force to be reckoned with. But all too soon domesticity and ambition are at odds, and as they say, the rest is history.
Told from Hadley's viewpoint, this is an imagined version of real life events that delivers a love story set in an intoxicating time and place and portrays a marriage of an unlikely couple. [Larger font]
Comments from GroupsWe all enjoyed the book having read some of Hemingway's writings - it was good to find out more about his life. Excellent discussion. Rotorua 006 Most of our group really enjoyed the unique insight into the personal life of Ernest Hemingway given by this book. At times we felt both frustrated and fascinated by Hadley and Ernest's relationships and their lifestyle choices. It has inspired some of us to read one of Hemingway's novels. Tauranga 038 Everyone enjoyed the book. Found the lifestyle of the 1920's very interesting. Animated discussion - liked the questions. Cromwell 003 Everybody enjoyed the book and it was reinforced to us all how world events impact on the lives and personalities and decisions people make within their environment. Pahiatua 001 A wonderfully written book about marriage, that gives a deep insight into Ernest Hemingway's nature and what drove him. It is helpful to have some knowledge of writers of the first part of the twentieth century. Hamilton 029 We all enjoyed this one, and are very pleased we aren't married to anyone like Ernest! Morrinsville 002 We all thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Paris Wife' by Paula McLain. What a marriage! It worked because they did care about each other, but their personalities and expectations of life and marriage were so different. We were all so happy that Hadley found happiness and fulfilment in her marriage to Paul. Lovely pictures of Paris despite the poverty and "alternative" lifestyle. Lots of discussion on Hemingway's obsession with bulls and bull fighting. We found the passages from Ernest's point of view most interesting, and as we had all read some of his books, these passages gave a real insight to his personality. The book certainly inspired a lot of discussion about the life in Paris, and life in general. Marton 001 Our group enjoyed 'The Paris Wife', with some reservations. It was difficult to empathise with the characters and their lifestyle. We were interested in the portrayal of Hemingway as a young man and the effect of his injuries from WW1. Some of us are now keen to read some of Hemingway's work. Pukekohe 001 Regard for this work was lukewarm for most - especially because the author was composing a story from the mouth of Ernest Hemingway's wife. The length of the work became tedious and lacking in validity, but what it DID achieve however, was a drive to read Hemingway's work itself. Ohope 001 Very popular. Everyone loved it. Our favourite book of the year. Auckland 297