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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
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Sep 28, 11

Read in September, 2011

I was told this was a great book and good read - I was really really disappointed. I thought the writing was poor, character development was non-existent (every character was flat and a stereotype) and the mood/backgroud dark. This was no love story about being young and in Paris it was draggy and passionless. Since it was told as first person by Hadley you would have thought she would have been a more interesting character - If I was Ernest I would have divorced this women a long time before he did. She is a whiner and totally flat in this book. The descriptions of Paris, the lifestyle of the "lost generation" and the mood set of the time was totally undeveloped. These were young and people in love with life - where are the hopes and expectations? Not much laughing going on from this book. The end chapters got worse and worse - the only reason I finished this was because it was for my bookclub.

Skip it - The Moveable Feast and the Sun Also Rises are much better choices.
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