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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
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Dec 08, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction_historical
Read from March 26 to 30, 2012

I can't begin to describe how much I loved this book. I'm a little ashamed to admit that I have never read Hemingway. I knew of him and that polydactyl cats were called Hemingway cats and that was the extent of my knowledge. I have always been infatuated with France - Paris in particular - but, again, have not really read much about its history. I saw "Midnight in Paris" a couple of weeks ago and fell in love, via the movie, with 1920s Paris and all of the characters and artists of the day. This book is but one snapshot (and a fictional one, at that) of that epic era, but it paints a broad and vivid picture how the "lost generation" lived. This snapshot is seen and lived through the eyes of Hadley Hemingway, Ernest's first of four wives, and also delves into their complicated and passionate relationship as well as Ernest's struggles to establish himself as a writer. This is simply a beautifully engrossing book that honors and speaks to an important time and place in history and two of its prominent characters.
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Stephanie What do you think so far?!

Lauri LOVING it. I've always loved France. I think I'm becoming obsessed with this artistic era in Paris. Have you seen "Midnight in Paris" yet? I watched it a couple of weeks ago. Now, reading this book makes me want to time-travel back to Paris in the 20s :)

Stephanie Yes! Love that movie! I totally agree about the time-travel!

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