Book Review- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Flowing on from the French theme of my previous review, Chocolat by Joanne Harris, comes a tragically poetic book, 

the paris wife 
paula mclain

This book, by no means a biography, captures a magical period of time and an intense love affair between two remarkable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Coming into this book I had no prior knowledge of Hemingway, whilst his name sounded familiar I could not place a face or idea to it. Now having completed such an emotionally evocative book I can’t wait to get my hands on some of his works!!

The Paris wife really enables one to experience the exotic livelihood of French society during the 1920’s.  what a time to be alive!!!  

Although despite such an exotic environment and an array of interesting characters, it was Hadley, Hemingway’s first wife that truly caught my attention. Described as a “plain” girl she experienced anything but a plain life.  For me Hadley presented a new form of stoicisms, she possessed strength so unique that I often found myself confused and infuriated on her behalf.

Although she has no outstanding artworks or revolutionary pieces of writing Hadley made her own mark on the world. In reality this heartbreaking portrayal of love is only made more poignant in that Hemingway himself declared that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

 In my opinion that’s some mark !!!


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