The Paris Wife Hardcover – 3 Mar 2011
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I read it in two days, laughing and crying. What a heartbreaker . . . It has all the ingredients of a literary heart-thumper: sex, love, ambition, betrayal, impossibility and regret . . . McLain has given the voice, mind, pen and strength to a woman. Hadley is an intelligent, strong, adult woman in a deeply unsympathetic situation - glittering, but toxic and ultimately very undermining. It's a very haunting combination (Bidisha)
The Paris Wife is mesmerizing. Hadley Hemingway's voice, lean and lyrical, kept me in my seat, unable to take my eyes and ears away from these young lovers. Paula McLain is a first-rate writer who creates a world you don't want to leave. I loved this bo (Nancy Horan, bestselling author of Loving Frank)
** 'Imaginative, elegantly written . . . a pleasure to read - and a pleasure to see Hadley Richardson presented in a sympathetic light Kirkus Starred Review ** 'Fascinating . . . a wonderful read. (Emma Giacon, Amazon)
** 'A compelling portrait of a marriage . . . A fascinating love story (Sue Scholes, WHSmith)
*A heart-wrenching story of ambition and betrayal that captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley - will be heralded as a classic and great love storySee all Product Description
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The Paris years undoubtedly represent the best of Hemingway. This is where he created his early Nick Adams short stories, his prose miniatures and The Sun Also Rises, the novel that, along with The Great Gatsby and Tender Is The Night, best captures the personalities and the mindset of those caught up in the fertile changing times of the post-war period. More than just being a creatively productive period for Hemingway, one where he refined and perfected a pure declarative writing style that would almost descend into self-parody in later years, the time of his marriage to Hadley, being poor, starving and struggling to make a living as a writer in Paris, were later looked upon by Hemingway (whose life has also developed into a kind of self-parody), perhaps somewhat idealistically as being a time of purity and innocence that could never be recreated.Read more ›
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Started but haven't finished the book. Segued onto several other books since, but haven't gone back to it yet. Frankly, if I'm honest, I got a bit bored with it. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Big Bird
Thought this was a really good, interesting read and brought to life Paris in the 1920's and the hedonistic lifestyle of those who flocked to the city to be a part of its creative... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. S. Cullen
I loved this book. I did not know anything about Ernest Hemingway and it made me google about his life and his books. Now several of his books are on my wish list. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Curly E
The cover looks abit chic lit - esque. But it was absolutely brilliant. I loved it. A really good suprise. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lindsey1983
A fantastic read. I knew nothing about Hadley and found her a very interesting woman. The period the book is set in Paris is a fascinating time and certainly some very interesting... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susanna Taylor
This was a great read. There were many times during the last third of the book when I found myself getting so angry at some of the charators, certainly hit a nerve with me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carmen G
I enjoyed the book, but it lacked depth. The writer could have explained alot more about the various characters.Published 5 months ago by Helen Higgins