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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
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Oct 31, 2015

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Read in June, 2012

This was our June book club selection. Even though it was a novel, I liked it more for its historical value than for its literary value. It was the story of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, who was married to him during the time spent in Paris with other members of the “Lost Generation” after World War I. It included stories of the trips to Spain for the bull fights which inspired one of Hemingway’s most famous novels, The Sun Also Rises. I found the book to be so sad. These individuals, some of the best known artists, poets and writers of the 20th century, seemed to have a very shallow and alcohol/drug induced bohemian lifestyle. Yet they turned out some of the classic art and literature we all studied in high school and college. I’m not really sure that any of them were happy, many suffering PTSD before anyone gave it a name. But now that I think about it, I cannot recall any work written by this lost generation that was “happy.”

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