And were back! It’s been a few weeks since we had a Reading Wednesday. Those first couple of weeks walking The Camino I was so tired each evening I didn’t read at all! But I’m feeling great now and enjoying both the walk and some great books including;
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway ⭐️⭐️⭐️
So, here is the deal. I was on a waitlist at the library for The Paris Wife without having any idea what it was about. So it wasn’t until my turn came to read it that I realized it was about the first wife of Ernest Hemingway, Hadley. A really well written fictional novel based on real people and factual information and told beautifully in the voice of Hadley who is “The Paris Wife”.
By sheer coincidence the story play prominently not only in France but in Spain in many of the towns I have been in during the past few weeks. So needless to say I found it all perfect timing and a great read.
By the end of the book, I knew I had to Segway into Hemingway’s breakout novel The Sun Also Rises because so much of what happens and nearly all of the characters in The Paris Wife were HEmingway’s inspiration for that book.
I have only read one Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, and Hemingway’s spare writing style can take some getting used to, but I enjoyed the book and particular the settings and Spanish scenes about Pamplona and the fiestas in the 1920’s.
It was such a good fit for me at this particular moment.
Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s “Paris Wife” was married to Hemingway before he became legendary, but clearly played an important role in the development of his talent. Hadley and Ernest had one son (Ernest would have three more wives and three more sons) named Jack, whose daughters were Margaux and Mariel Hadley Hemingway.
I definitely now want to read A Moveable Feast, Hemingway’s story depicting those years in Paris, which was published posthumously after his suicide in 1961.