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Gaynor Arnold successfully resurrected the much-maligned Mrs. Though doomed, the Hemingway marriage had its giddy high points, including a whirlwind courtship and a few fast and furious years of the expatriate lifestyle in s Paris.
Hadley and Ernest traveled in heady company during this gin-soaked and jazz-infused time, and readers are treated to intimate glimpses of many of the literary giants of the era, including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and F. But the real star of the story is Hadley, as this time around, Ernest is firmly relegated to the background as he almost never was during their years together.
Though eventually a woman scorned, Hadley is able to acknowledge without rancor or bitterness that "Hem had helped me to see what I really was and what I could do. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: Ballantine Books; 1st edition February 22, Publication Date: February 22, Sold by: English ASIN: Enabled X-Ray: Literary Fiction.
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See all customer images. Read reviews that mention paris wife ernest hemingway well written paula mclain moveable feast hadley richardson gertrude stein historical fiction sun also also rises point of view ezra pound highly recommend lost generation scott fitzgerald really enjoyed wife hadley beautifully written great read enjoyed this book.
Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. She did extensive research for this novel. Although this is a work of fiction, it is historical in nature and closely parallels real events. This fascinating story is one of love and betrayal.
The couple was married only six years, , and Hemingway went on to marry three others in succession. Yet, Hemingway held Hadley as the dearest and was said to have wished that he had remained with her always. The Sun Also Rises is dedicated to Hadley and their son.
At age twenty, Hemingway married Hadley Richardson who was eight years his senior. Hadley, painfully shy, had been living a rather secluded life at the home of her sister and her sister's husband. Many artists and writers were living in Paris and the couple mingled among them.
Scott Fitzgerald and others. Liquor flowed freely. Marital affairs were common. Hemingway had started out as a newspaper reporter and struggled to find a niche with his novels and short stories. With fame, he thought nothing of stepping on those who had helped him get recognition. He began to covet other women who were attracted to the handsome, exciting new writer. Hemingway is considered one of the greatest American writers.
I found this book so very well written and poignant. I found myself intimately pulled into her psyche. Hadley loved Ernest and was loyal to him until she could not longer feel her own self-worth. It was good to read that after she left Hemingway she found a long lasting love with the journalist Paul Mower. I highly recommend this book.
Ernest Hemingway has always frustrated me: In a documentary about Hemingway and Gary Cooper, who were great friends and men of similar mettle, the point was made that they represented the last of a certain "Teddy Roosevelt" breed of men who were strong, silent, and conflicted.
Reading about Hemingway's early life through the eyes of Hadley, his first wife, gave me a new perspective. Hadley's descriptions and reactions brought me into their lives, made bohemian Paris sizzle, evoked the bravery and cruelty of Pamplona corridas, brought the sordid and splendid friendships and affairs into keen relief. At times Hadley's passivity frustrated me, yet she held values of an earlier generation, aspiring only to be a good wife and sometimes muse.
Ernest's mercurial personality was exposed, his hubris and awesome creativity. Eventually his passion for women, and the inevitable wounds of marriage, pushed him to the affair that ended it, and Hadley caved.
Paperback Verified Purchase. I read this book over the course of a year plus. I enjoyed the beginning a lot, and got caught up in it. I had many troubles getting through parts of the middle which I felt dragged, and were not overly interesting to me. Bull fighting, all those vacations, visits, etc. Sadly, and someone mentioned this as well, once the inevitable marital strains came about, I was hooked again and finished the book very quickly after that.
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Circling the Sun. Paula McLain. He dismissed her slightly wounded feelings in a careless, indifferent manner that gave Hadley her first hint that she might be losing him. I got the feeling throughout the book that the author immersed herself in everything she could find about the Hemingways. It feels as if she breathed in the essence of Hadley and Ernest and let it flow out through her fingertips as she created an indelible, moving portrait of love, talent, disenchantment and heartache.
I loved every minute of this book and look forward to reading it again. View all 11 comments. Jun 08, Rachel Thomas rated it it was ok. I didn't get this book read before my book club discussion, and I was surprised to find that everyone loved the book.
I figured I'd keep reading because it must get better, and I spent time in Cuba and toured Hemingway's home and favorite bars and now somehow feel closer to him. I have been sadly disappointed in the book, however, and committed to finishing the book to figure out what I don't like about it. While I enjoy the story of Ernest Hemingway and the socio-historic context, I don't feel c I didn't get this book read before my book club discussion, and I was surprised to find that everyone loved the book.
While I enjoy the story of Ernest Hemingway and the socio-historic context, I don't feel connected to him or Hadley. As I read I try to figure out why. The narration, while from Hadley's perspective, is oddly objective-- there are no emotions, there is no warmth in the writing and therefore in the relationship there is no feeling involved.
The tone is almost nonexistent. She witnesses a man almost gored by a bull, she describes the attentions of her husband's admirers, tells the reader of her near breakdown as her husband leaves town, or mentions her impending piano concert without any expression of anticipation or apprehension. She describes her son with total objectivity, and easily leaves him with a nanny for days and days as she goes on vacation, mentioning only as she returns home that she "missed him tremendously.
Ultimately, I find that I cannot relate to either character-- we share no character traits, I find no common emotions in our experiences, and I cannot relate to her reactions and actions within the story. I feel no empathy.
What I was looking for was a book that evokes kindness, sympathy for the protagonist, and reveals some sort of connection between characters within a love story. I leave this book with no attraction toward Hemingway's books, no further affection, and no sorrow for the wronged ex-wife. View 1 comment. We invented it after all. We made it with our longing and cigarettes and Rhum St.
Together we made everything and then we busted it apart again. Hadley, having come from a difficult childhood with an overbearing mother and a depressed father, has now lost both parents and feels destined to never find love. This tugging was very old and powerful, and I knew I could easily give in to it, in to nothingness. Or I could push with everything I had the other way. I could certainly understand how Hadley fell for him and why she felt she needed this spirited man in her life.
After marrying, Ernest and Hadley certainly lived the fast life in Paris with an abundance of drinking, socializing with an exclusive crowd, and fabulous excursions to such places as Spain and the Swiss Alps.
Hadley was dedicated to him and supportive financially and emotionally. I worried for her and eventually became a bit irked when I saw how much she depended on him. I realize, however, how easy it is for me to think this way as I sit here, a modern woman with a diversity of choices in the year He wanted it all — the writing, the fame, the wife, and the mistress. She called you out of your head and stopped the feeling that the best part of you was being shaved away, inch by inch. The birth of her son, fondly called Bumby, was really a turning point for Hadley, and I was happy for her.
She now had a purpose and someone to devote herself to other than Ernest. I think she finally found a sense of peace and well-being in her love for Bumby. My days were richer and made more sense. He seemed to always be seeking for more and never understood that he may have had enough right there at the beginning. View all 31 comments.
Nov 01, Sally Howes rated it really liked it Shelves: The prose is nimble and witty even when it is also full of pathos. The tone of the narrative is a conversational first-person one with a smattering of American epithets that makes it easy to hear this woman's voice.
The narrative voice is very nineteen-twenties, using the vernacular to create a palpable "lost generation" atmosphere. This adds to the authentic, almost autobiographical feel of the book. The quality of the writing is at its very best at the beginning and end of the book, with the middle being a little more plain-spoken.
But when it's good, it's very, very good. It certainly had me from the very first line: It takes some getting used to, kid. Hadley's first-person voice is so authoritative and convincing that it is often difficult to remember that this is historical fiction, not autobiography. Which also begs the question, how much is fact and how much is fiction? I've read a lot of historical fiction but seldom asked this question so constantly throughout a book.
This, from Ernest, certainly rings true: She is strong and fragile, tough and vulnerable all at once - in short, as full of contradictions as is any human being. However, while she is a very sympathetic character, something bothered me about her and it took me some time to figure out what it was: She is very "domesticated," which I suppose was typical of the times, but she also lacks, to a large degree, her own identity apart from Ernest.
Thus, I found Ernest to be the more interesting character - volatile, but not excessively so for a great writer; enigmatic but also often practical and straightforward; tenacious and determined; sometimes abrasive and always passionate.
Hadley certainly does see and understand the real Ernest: There wasn't any fear in him that I could see, just intensity and aliveness. His eyes sparked all over everything Some of us had looked into the faces of the dead and tried not to remember anything in particular. Ernest was one of these. He often said he'd died in the war, just for a moment; that his soul had left his body like a silk handkerchief, slipping out and levitating over his chest. It had returned without being called back, and I often wondered if writing for him was a way of knowing his soul was there after all, back in its place.
Of saying to himself, if not to anyone else, that he had seen what he'd seen and felt those terrible things and lived anyway. That he had died but wasn't dead any more. He loved and needed to be loved, and even adored Ernest did run the show and ran me over more than occasionally, and that wasn't by chance He was such an enigma, really - fine and strong and weak and cruel. An incomparable friend and a son of a bitch. In the end, there wasn't one thing about him that was truer than the rest.
It was all true. She is quite aware that she lacks purpose, and embarks on various "projects" to try to find it - from playing the piano to having a baby: Can an ordinary and unambitious wife hope to hold onto one of the greatest, most innovative and progressive writers of the "lost generation"? Hadley knows well how seemingly impossible this task is: In Paris, you couldn't really turn around without seeing the result of lovers' bad decisions.
An artist given to sexual excess was almost a cliche, but no one seemed to mind. As long as you were making something good or interesting or sensational, you could have as many lovers as you wanted and ruin them all. What was really unacceptable were bourgeois values, wanting something small and staid and predictable, like one true love, or a child.
It is messy and complex and moving, but not melodramatic or overly sentimental or trite. It is utterly authentic, utterly real, utterly true. It is just the way life is, in all its imperfect grace and all its terrible beauty. Jun 07, David Schaafsma rated it liked it Shelves: In Sun Hem has his noble hero Jake Barnes as one of the only men who never slept with her, since he is given the excuse of a war injury instead of the excuse of rejection, which would have been a less acceptable version of emasculation for Mr.
The Paris Wife has a few challenges; first and foremost is that it is written from the perspective of the non-writer in the Hemingway family, a 29 year-old virgin and genuinely nice and traditionally supportive wife who is rather in-over-her-head when the two midwesterners land in Paris. McLain depicts her as a hen among peacocks, a Henry James reader and good and faithful monogamist in a time of experimental explosion and LOTS of people behaving badly: Many famous husbands such as Ford Maddox Ford openly have girlfriends in addition to wives.
So how does a nice non-writer outsider wife tell an interesting story of a famous philandering writer? And how does a historical fiction writer like Maclain write of Hemingway, one of the key prose stylists of the twentieth century? But she had Bumby, and she still loved him, so she hung on longer than most of us.
MacLain actually attempts to create a pretty balanced approach to Hem, whom she admits is both dashing and self-absorbed, talented and a jerk; truly in love with Hadley AND with the usurper Pauline--she of the endless money and sleek clothes and gulp chipmunk fur coat! MacLain is a bit softer on Hem, because she thinks the almost never angry Hadley would have ultimately been softer on him, in time.
She also acknowledges Hem's--even then--suicidal tendencies both Hadley's and Ernest's fathers committed suicide with shotguns; they both had domineering mothers , making way for recent views about Hemingway's possibly being bipolar.
It would help explain his manic writing and partying, and his fits of anger and depression. Hadley in this book rides this rollercoaster of Hem's emotions more than most might, especially today, but that was years ago, too. I say it took three for that Tango.
Hem, who also would dump Pauline after 6 years, behaved badly and made bad choices, clearly. And Hadley made bad choices, too, not to act more strongly on her own behalf though MacLain suggests he would have done what he would do, anyway, and she is probably right.
MacLain sides with Hadley against Hem and Pauline in this one and not surprisingly, she is persuasive. Hem is arrogant, drinks too much, destroys the support of most of his friends Sherwood Anderson, Gertrude Stein, Harold Loeb and SO many others , spends too much time falling for the beautiful women who flutter around him constantly to the detriment of his relationship to his wife such an old-fashioned concept, in Paris twenties, to be a wife!
And horrors, to have a child [Pound wouldn't allow Bumby in his apartment, he so hated kids! And MacLain acknowledges Hem was a genius writer, who put himself and his writing above all else, even the woman who loved him most. You either accept that if you like his writing, and keep reading him, or you turn away from him altogether.
I choose to continue to read him, without excusing his bad behavior. In the end, they were a long way from that simple, idyllic place.
Hem was gracious in the break-up: Feb 13, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: Fascinating historical novel about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife of four Hadley Richardson. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein among others in Paris, and their skewed "modern" views on marriage and life, so this intrigued me. This is partly a love story, but cannot be read for that, or one would walk away disappointed.
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As with most? Hadley Richardson was too weak for my liking, but her story comes around in the end the epilogue brought me needed closure. I thought the book was well researched and left me wanting to know more about their lives and to read a few of his books that reflected this time period especially "A Sun Also Rises" and "A Moveable Feast". Besides being a fascinating story, the book touched on so many issues that would make for a prime discussion. When a book effects me so much, good or bad, that I can't stop talking about it, I know it was a success.
View 2 comments. This novel is written in the first person narrative of Hadley Richardson, the first wife of Ernest Hemingway. I don't know why or even how but Hadley sat in my lounge room with me and told me her story.
I actually heard her voice while I read this novel: At 28, Hadley is a shy girl feeling defeated by life when she meets a young Ernest Hemingway. Just beginning his life as a writer, 21yr old Ernest is fresh back from the war, self possessed and vibrant but This novel is written in the first person narrative of Hadley Richardson, the first wife of Ernest Hemingway. Just beginning his life as a writer, 21yr old Ernest is fresh back from the war, self possessed and vibrant but, as he will later reveal to Hadley, now carrying a few battle scars around in his head.
Although an unlikely couple, a romance begins, first in letters and then a few weeks spent together here and there throughout the year. Honestly, Hemingway was pretty selfish, he swans off each day to write leaving Hadley alone in a dingy apartment with little money but she supports him through it all.
If I'd have heard him say how he was going to write a novel that was " good and pure and honest " one of his favorite phrases once more, I'd have had to whack him around the head and said " well, write the damn thing instead of talking about it ".
But Hadley's a rock; she's there for him and each evening they go off to drink, eat, talk and afterwards, Hem always to keep drinking with his literary friends. Interestingly, it is actually Hadley's money from a small inheritance which basically supports them in these early years.
Their time in Paris is punctuated with impulsive trips to Spain and the Swiss Alps; times that, I think, are the best times in their marriage. They are in with a fast crowd and alcohol, absinthe, cocaine and opium are to be had everywhere. The blurb alludes to Hadley being jealous of Hem but I didn't get that feeling at all.
I felt her to be the stalwart in the marriage and felt glad that she does get her way with the birth of their son, Bumby; something Hem didn't want so early in his literary life. But love doesn't protect you from other people's desires and six years later, they meet a woman who will alter their lives.
Hemingway's brilliant literary career and four failed marriages are well documented in history. It is interesting to note, however, that Hadley had a wonderful 40yr plus marriage after Hemingway.
She lived to a ripe old age of 87 whereas Hem married four times and seemed to battle himself and life until finally committing suicide at 62 in McLain acknowledges many sources in the writing of this book. I now want to read Hadley,: The First Mrs. McLain is excellent in that she doesn't bury the reader with the pronoun 'I' as often happens in first person narrative stories. Instead, I didn't read the book; I was able to hear Hadley tell me the story — which was simply marvellous.
Aug 30, Corri rated it liked it. It took me a long time to get into this book and it really wasn't until the 2nd half that I was hooked I did find a couple of things to be lacking. First, in the book, Hadley Richardson seems to take their lifestyle for granted. While they live in near poverty, they are able to afford a great deal of travel throughout Europe, employing domestic help, and oft It took me a long time to get into this book and it really wasn't until the 2nd half that I was hooked While they live in near poverty, they are able to afford a great deal of travel throughout Europe, employing domestic help, and often maintaining a residence albeit a modest one in Paris while staying in hotels and inns elsewhere.
It is difficult for the modern reader to reconcile how that lifestyle was possible and not at least a bit surprising to Hadley, who though she grew up comfortably, first got her passport to go to Paris with Hemingway. Second, while Hadley is a textured and interesting character, she isn't overly introspective. This wouldn't be a bad trait and she does experience some self-reflection, but it is difficult to appreciate her and Hem's attraction to her without some 3rd person account.
Perhaps the most interesting bit about her in the book was the young bull fighter who Hem said was in love with her. His reaction made me believe that there might be something more beautiful, more interesting, or more charismatic than the fictional Hadley had described. Mar 30, Suzanne Stroh rated it did not like it Shelves: I'm willing to admit my expectations were too high. But this was truly awful. As in practically unreadable.
And look at the sales figures! Well, good for Paula McLain. Now for my review. This is a classic case of historical fiction that stays too close to its source material, and then suffers under comparison with it. Naturally, I was expecting something that could hold its own against A Moveable Feast which I highly recommend. Ernest and Hadley met in Chicago after WWI, married and moved to Paris, where they lived the famously poor and glamorous life Hemingway recalls in great detail in his most entertaining book, A Moveable Feast.
Two or three major events occurred during that time which were to foreshadow their divorce, and this book is the author's attempt to tell that story from Hadley's perspective. It certainly didn't require much research, since both lives have long been thoroughly mined.
But it did require enough talent, along with a literary fiction approach, so that this book would stand up to A Moveable Feast. It doesn't, and the general fiction approach McLain took dumbs it down further. There isn't a complex metaphor or a deft characterization in this book about a time, a place and a world where those things were what the characters lived, breathed, ate and drank, apart from absinthe.
The lack of psychological insight, the lack of reflective depth, combined with the wooden writing, deepened my disappointment. Worse, I felt ripped off. By the end I felt like the author stole a best seller from me as a reader. If millions of readers think this was it, well I guess that's that. A book that any Hemingway scholar might feel he or she could have written with eyes closed and a few writing classes under the belt View all 15 comments. A storybook romance--a match made in heaven--surely it would last a lifetime, but it didn't.
This is the story of Ernest Hemingway's first marriage that includes the years of his early writing career. It is told in the first person voice of Hadley, his first wife first of four. The basic facts, movements and accomplishments of their relationship are well documented by previous biographies and memoirs. This book is written as historical fiction, and is thus able to make the story come alive in A storybook romance--a match made in heaven--surely it would last a lifetime, but it didn't.
This book is written as historical fiction, and is thus able to make the story come alive in personal ways by reconstructing the probable thoughts, feelings and conversations in ways that can't be done in nonfiction writing. The author has made the story an interesting and compelling romantic tale of his wife as inspirational muse, supporter and enabler, both emotionally and financially.
Her income from a trust fund and inheritances enabled them to go to Paris in the first place. The experiences of life in Paris and their travels in Europe are so much a part of Hemingway's subsequent writing that it's unlikely that the literary world would have ever discovered Hemingway had they remained in Chicago.
Hemingway's personality as portrayed in this book confirms some of my impressions of him from other sources. He was probably bipolar, and in his manic state he was pretty full of himself. He probably considered himself to be God's gift to women, and there were plenty of women who agreed.
It was this sort of arrogance that doomed his first marriage, and probably explains why his life ended up including a total of four wives. In his later years, and in what were probably depressive states of mind, he seems to have reflected on how he was responsible for ending a special and unique relationship when he split with Hadley.
In discussing this book it ultimately leads to the question of why their relationship didn't survive. The book suggests that Hemingway found his second wife to be more modern, interesting, and more astute regarding literary matters than Hadley.
She also flattered his ego in an uncritical manner, whereas Hadley provided advice of a more objective nature. I also couldn't help but notice that the second woman Ernest married was more wealthy than Hadley.
This enabled him to comfortably set up shop in the Florida Keys. But the wealth of his second wife also allowed him to be generous to Hadley in the divorce settlement. He dedicated the income from the royalties of his novel, The Sun Also Rises , to Hadley as well as dedicating the book to her and their son. As described in this book, Hemingway wrote about scenes and experiences he actually experienced. The added fictional veneer was just enough to provide a plot line.
This book has given me an incentive to read The Sun Also Rises because he wrote that book while still married to Hadley and incorporated many of the activities they witnessed together. Many of the personalities of their acquaintances from that era can be recognized in the novel. However, Hadley is not one of the characters written into the plot--probably because she was too rational and practical i. This book, however, brought her to life in an interesting way.
She was the steady rock that allowed Ernest to start his career. Once he tasted success, he jilted her. But she recovered, and entered into a second happy marriage that lasted for the rest of her long life.
Her success in her second marriage is its own form of revenge. Despite their great love, other influences are at work that throw their marriage into crisis.
Hadley Richardson was living a quiet life in Chicago, and at 28 years old, she had basically tossed all hopes of love out the window. When she meets the dashing Ernest Hemingway, she's suddenly off to Paris and the adventure of a lifetime. View all 5 comments. Sep 30, Jay rated it liked it Recommended to Jay by: NPR Review. Often, timing is everything.
I had other interests. There were other books on my to-read list.