Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Currently Reading...The Paris Wife

Last weekend, the sun came out just long enough for Mr. H. and I to go for a walk, but aside from that it poured rain pretty much the whole time. Perfect weather for curling up with a book. Thanks to a post from PVE, I've got my paws on a good one...The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain.

A story of Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway, their five-year marriage and life in Paris, it echoes one of my favorite books, A Moveable Feast, but tells the story from Hadley's perspective, giving her a bright, clear, strong voice.

Reading the story of a marriage that you know is fated to unravel is difficult, and now that I'm to the tough parts, I'm finding it a little hard to finish. Do you ever wish you could warn the characters in a book of the doom you know is coming?

I wanted to shout out to Hadley that she should watch out for what life has in store. It's hard to read without wanting to rewrite history, and share Hemingway's thought written in AMF that, "I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her."

But for the sadness of the story, it vividly brings to life beautiful places--Paris, San Sebastian, Antibes, Pamplona--and fascinating people--Gertrude Stein, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Sara and Gerald Murphy. It's a beautiful read, and as much as I don't want it to come to and end because I don't want to leave "that great good place" I can't put it down.

What are you reading these days? I'll need something great to pick up when I've finished Hadley's story...


  1. That book looks really interesting...
    I'm very much intrigued by the Hemingways,
    too much stories and too much to know about them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book ♥

  2. So flattered that you chose to read this and much like marriage, one has to stick with it, through thick and thin. A dear friend told me about "One Thousand Gifts" Ann Voskamp. Have you read it? It is on my list.

  3. Oh my goodness this looks super interesting. I TOTALLY know what you mean when you know a story ends sadly and you can hardly stand it and you just want to shout out to the characters. I'm not reading anything right now so I may look into this book. Have fun reading it =)

    - Sarah

  4. I wanted to read it after I saw it on Patricia's site and now it's a must have. I understand and relate to everything you said - wanting to warn the character and not wanting it to end but not being able to stop - all signs of a marvelous read!!

  5. Just started it per Jeanne's recommendation - can't put it down!!

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  7. I've been immersed in Bronte biographies lately, one by Rebecca Fraser and the other by Elizabeth Gaskell and I find myself 'talking' to the books all-the-time! Their story is so tragic, you can see what would have helped them to maybe live longer (move), and yet one is helpless to help. I hated reading the endings of both books (and some parts in-between) and the happy times were very bittersweet knowing what was to come...I felt like part of the family though reading these, their fantastic. I'd read Rebeccas' first if you haven't already, it has insight into Elizabeth's.
    I don't know much about the Hemingways so thanks for the tip, the book is now on my list.
    Very ready for sun....
    xo J~



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