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...