The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2011
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In this fictional memoir, Hadley Hemingway chronicles the life and career of her husband, famed twentieth century writer Ernest Hemingway. Through Hadley's unique perspective, listeners get a behind-the-scenes look into the personal lives of the Lost Generation writers, including Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Ezra Pound.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House, Inc., [2011]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780307877185
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (660 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: MacDuffie, Carrington 1958-


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Aug 15, 2018

I recently reread Moveable Feast, which I understand better in my dotage, and so I decided to listen to the audio book version of The Paris Wife. The acting in this audio book is strong; the French is spot-on.

I have mixed feelings about the text, though. Chapters 2 & 3, the history of how Hadley and Ernest hung out in Chicago, contain a lot of gritty Chicago stories. I knew about Hemingway's Michigan connections from the Nick Adams stories, but I did not know all this Chicago stuff. Hadley wasn't Chicago-born; she was from St. Louis, but Midwest is Midwest. It feels right, Midwesterners feeling their way into Modernism, but the "romantic" dialog in this book is often cheesy, at least to my ear.

The ending when things really go to hell was goodish, probably because there was so little dialog and am now, for dessert, finishing up a reread The Sun Also Rises. This stuff is better as social history than literature I find, but I enjoy it.

ArapahoeMarcia Apr 06, 2018

A wonderful account of Ernst Hemingway and his time in Paris with his first wife.

Nov 10, 2017

Good narrator, I just never became involved, despite such high recommendations from friends at publication. Maybe one has to be a Hemingway fan.

Jun 11, 2017

very good

kchavez40 Feb 26, 2015

Good read. Very interesting about his life and how he was inspired. After reading this, I want to read more of his novels.

Mar 08, 2014

I would like to listen to this again someday.

bnotash70 Jan 27, 2013

loved it.

May 29, 2012

As a person who has not read any Hemingway's work yet - I found the story of Hadley interesting and challenging as she tries to support her husband and his work. Paris seemed to be the place for writers during this time and proved to have intrigued what all went on during this hey-day. As well as, raise his child while trying to be true to herself. Sad to hear of what happens to Hemingway, but felt empathy towards Hadley's character, while Pauline intervened into their lives. It seemed Hemingway had many ghosts in his closet and internalizing some of his issues/past. Overall good read.


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