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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
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Sep 05, 12

Read from September 01 to 05, 2012

A quick read, this fictionalized account of the life of Hemingways first wife, told mainly in her voice, brings to life the world of artists in Paris at the beginning of the 20th Century. I'm always a little put off by these sorts of books, not being able to separate fact from fiction, but a couple of things stand out. First, Hadley felt left out of the group of artists and intellectuals, hived off in the corner with (for example), Toklas, while Ernest hung around with Gertrude Stein. I'm not sure that she deserved this, and she certainly resented it.
The other aspect of her life that struck me was the farming out of a lot of the care for their child to Marie Cocotte or a landlady, despite them being close to penniless, at least at the beginning. This seemed to have been considered quite normal. I would have loved to have had a Marie Cocotte from time to time.
It's worth a read if ou have an interest in that time or in Hemingway et al.
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