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The Paris Wife: A Novel por Paula McLain
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The Paris Wife: A Novel (edição 2011)

por Paula McLain (Autor)

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Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash "beautiful boy" Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband's career.… (mais)
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Título:The Paris Wife: A Novel
Autores:Paula McLain (Autor)
Informação:Ballantine Books (2011), Edition: 1st, 336 pages
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The writing in this novel is beautifully vivid. The author is able to evoke a strong sense of the times, places and people she writes about. I found this book incredibly sad. Love doesn't conquer all...it doesn't even conquer much.

There are many reviewers who found Hadley to be weak, but I disagree. She dealt with her marriage in her own way. She took her vows very seriously. She was a product of a critical and sheltered upbringing, moved to a whirlwind world where multiple-partner relationships were the norm. I'm glad she found her way, and found happiness in her life. ( )
  LynnB | Sep 7, 2021 |
The "Lost Generation" are so dysfunctional, that I really didn't enjoy reading about them. But Paul McLain writes so well that I got caught up in her writing. ( )
  bettyroche | Aug 25, 2021 |
Book Club book. Learned about Hemingway - whome I knew nothing about. Interesting and read like a novel. Learned about Paris in the 1920's. ( )
  avdesertgirl | Aug 22, 2021 |
This book is so achingly beautiful. Hadley who is perceived as simple and boring, is not. I was transported in post war Paris with every single word in this book. I cannot really describe how beautiful this story is. ( )
  Islandmum84 | Jul 28, 2021 |
The novel is told in the first person, as the memoirs of Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife, the one who first went with him to Paris and provided emotional support during the years he became the writer he aspired to be. As soon as he became successful, he moved on to a rich and fashionable wife. As this book describes it, though, one gets the feeling that it was Hemingway who was the trophy bagged by wife number two, not the other way around.
In contrast, Hadley’s midwestern qualities seem less lustrous. If Paula McLain intended to have Hadley step out of the looming shadow of her famous husband, she begins oddly, with a prologue written in imitation Hemingwayese. I nearly bailed on the novel right then but decided to give it a bit more time.
Just before starting this book, I rewatched Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. In that film, the Hemingway parody is perfect and serves as a counterpoint to the nebbish-like protagonist. But in the context of a book that seeks to put Hadley in the center, it doesn’t work.
Beginning with chapter one, the tone changes from faux Hemingway to a prose style that is strangely flat. Many times, the account reads like ticking off index cards. For instance, when the family moved back to Paris and Ezra Pound helped them find an apartment. McLain writes: “this was the sawmill apartment, on the rue Notre Dame-des-Champs” (p. 216), as if the reader is already familiar with it. Naturally, many of us are, because of all that’s been written about Hemingway in Paris. There are times when we are invited to see or experience something as Hadley might have for the first time, but there are too many others that don’t.
Another example of the author regurgitating undigested research is the opening of chapter four, a flashback to Hadley’s childhood. It begins with the summer of 1904 and describes the Louisiana Purchase Exposition held in her hometown, St. Louis. The description lists the acreage, the total miles of the paths, and the names of buildings. This is guidebook prose, not literature.
I was still undecided whether to finish the book, but stayed with it. The novel does get more interesting at about mid-point when the “other woman” makes her first appearance. It is not so much that the triangle is interesting, rather, the depiction of an ambitious young author torn between the virtues that shaped his prose and the glamorous life fame and success enabled.
Many feel that Hemingway never again wrote as well as in his years with Hadley. This book is careful not to make it seem that it was Hadley who made it so, but that it was the person Hemingway was when he was with Hadley. Perhaps, in the end, that is the root of the difficulty of a novel that seeks to put Hadley Richardson at the center. Hemingway, both in his strengths and his faults, was larger than life and can’t help but dominate the story.
If the entire book had been on the level of quality of the second half, I would have given it my “good read”three-star rating. But I have to dock it a notch for the weaknesses of the first half. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
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Paula McLain has built “The Paris Wife” around Hadley. Or at least she has planted Hadley in the midst of a lot of famous, ambitious people. The advantage to this technique is that it allows the reader to rub shoulders and bend elbows with celebrated literary types: the stay-at-home way of feeling like the soigné figure on the book cover. The drawback is that Ms. McLain’s Hadley, when not in big-league company that overshadows her, isn’t a subtly drawn character. She’s thick, and not just in physique. She’s slow on the uptake, and she can be a stodgy bore.
adicionada por Shortride | editarThe New York Times, Janet Maslin (Feb 28, 2011)
 
Indeed, this book is a more risky affair than its sometimes sugary surface betrays. Taking up the Hemingway story inevitably means comparisons with Papa himself, and McLain courageously draws fire by including interludes written from his perspective: hard-bitten monologues with such lines as "You might as well bring yourself down and make yourself stinking sick with all you do because this is the only world there is." It's not exactly up there with John Cheever's classic parody, but it certainly does the job.

An appealing companion volume to A Moveable Feast, then, but once it's finished, turn back to the original, with its cool, impressionistic prose. It can hardly be said that the least interesting thing about Hemingway is the way he lived his life, but let's not forget that it's his writing that endures.
adicionada por souloftherose | editarThe Observer, Olivia Laing (Feb 20, 2011)
 
An imaginative, elegantly written look inside the marriage of Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson.
adicionada por Shortride | editarKirkus Reviews (Jan 15, 2011)
 
Colorful details of the expat life in Jazz Age Paris, combined with the evocative story of the Hemingways' romance, result in a compelling story that will undoubtedly establish McLain as a writer of substance. Highly recommended for all readers of popular fiction.
adicionada por Christa_Josh | editarLibrary Journal, Susanne Wells (Nov 15, 2010)
 
The Paris Wife, McLain has taken their love story, partially told by Hemingway himself in A Moveable Feast, and fashioned a novel that's impossible to resist. It's all here, and it all feels real...
 

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