Monday, July 1, 2013

The Paris Wife


To be honest, The Paris Wife first caught my eye because of its cover.
(I can't help it, I do sometimes judge a book by its cover!)
After reading Z about Zelda Fitzgerald, I couldn't help but
not be intrigued by this story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley.
Both were substantial characters in Z, especially Ernest. 

The Paris Wife provides even greater insight into the bohemian and fast paced lives of writers and artists during the 1920's and the revolutionary "forward thinking" of art, literature, culture, and life in Paris. Like Z, this was a great fact based fictional novel about one of America's most famous modern day authors. In then novel, Hadley's role and impact in Ernest was far more substantial than in Z, but I was disappointed the Fitzgerald's had minor roles within the plot, only being mentioned in the last hundred pages or so. Scott Fitzgerald especially had a huge impact on helping Ernest Hemingway's career take flight so it was odd the two "frienemies" had little interaction within the plot of the story. Overall, Paula Mclain writes a touching and passionate story on the eccentric lifestyle of the Hemingway's and the sad downfall of their union.

Have you read both books, if so, which one did you enjoy more?


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