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The Paris Wife
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January 29, 2013
Finish date
February 25, 2013

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Feb 08, 2013 Arnie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: I wouldn't.
Normally I decide within a page or two if I'm going to read a book. If I decide to read it, I normally will, but have stopped reading some books at thirty or forty pages. I'm getting older and life is short. I actually read about 90 pages of this because the writing style was pretty good, and it seemed that the real story about Hemingway, Paris, and the Lost Generation would start soon. Instead, I kept reading about Hemingway's chest hair. Enough is enough, the book was too chickliterash for my ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
I'm not entirely sure what to say about this book. It has great potential, but isn't executed as well as it should be, and thus I did not love it. I plodded through it slowly, having to force myself to keep going. I read this after I read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. I thought it would be interesting to see the same story (the 1920s Paris scene) from another perspective—I had already heard it from Scott's wife Zelda's point of view, and now I was eager to hear it from Hemingway's wife Hadley' ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Lina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I quite liked this book! I knew nothing about Hemingway's life (and had only ever read one of his books) but he is such a big name that learning more about him through the eyes of his first wife seemed intriguing!

Hadley is a very lovable character -- she has flaws and insecurities and I felt she was very relatable. Her love for Ernest was very endearing. When Ernest betrayed her, my heart was breaking for her =(

My biggest gripe with Hadley was how dependent she was on Ernest. She was incredibly
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