The Paris Wife

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved books: reading or being surrounded by them was an activity I loved and it comes as no surprise that as a young teen I spend lots of time in the library returning my books and then taking a big batch home to read. I think I’ve mentioned before that since I got my Kindle I’ve been reading a lot more as books are more accessible and easier to bring with me wherever I go, which gave me the idea to start a little series regarding a book or books that I’ve been reading in the past week(s). Do let me know what you think of this new feature. I can read anything really and expect it to go from classics to novels to thrillers to fiction. The book I’ve read lately, and which I’ll be talking about today, is The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain.

Please don’t throw rocks at me, but I’ve never been a Hemingway reader, although I know he (and the lot of his generation) are to thank for many literature pieces we’re able to read right now — think Fitzgerald, Great Gatsby.

The book is centred around Hadley Richardson, [Ernest] Hemingway’s first wife. It takes you through their life, how they met, their personal and financial struggles and perhaps most interesting for me, their life in Paris, while being surrounded by the booming artists then. It is written from Hadley’s perspective although there is the odd chapter that is written from Hemingway’s perspective, which creates a refreshing change. Overall, I’d say that the book flows so well. Mclain has managed to write the book in such way that it is very easy and pleasant to read, even though the situations are not the easiest to grasp, as it did take place in the early 20s after all.

Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group.

The Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for (Publisher).

This is definitely a book I will purchase in paper copy, just because it’s such a beautiful story and one I’ll most definitely re-read. This book has motivated me to read more of Hemingway’s work, and A Moveable Feast is definitely on list to purchase.

What are your first thoughts on this new series [the Bookshelf]

and have you read The Paris Wife, did you like it?