Thursday, July 4, 2013
A disappointing book club selection
The Paris Wife
By: Paula McLain
2 out of 5 stars
I choose to read this book as a selection for the book club, in which I am the moderator. It is highly recommended by several women. It turned out to be one of my least favorite novels I have chosen in the last year and a half. The premise sounded very intriguing being an historical fiction about a love affair between Ernest Hemingway and a friend’s wife during his first marriage (he later married three more times). The first 3/4th of the story, I found extremely boring with not much happening. Narrated by his wife, Hadley, she tells how Hemingway began his career as a successful prolific author. Although I thought this would be a great storyline, it lasted to long and dragged on, plus only a very small description of the beginning of his success. The last third was when the climax and excitement occurred with the actual affair and deterioration of their marriage. Similar to Loving Frank by Nancy Horan this novel surfaces around a known famous historical presence in the world and then discredits his “nice guy” image. Although I know several women who absolutely loved this novel, I would recommend Loving Frank and bypass The Paris Wife.
Surprisingly, I could not find a personal website for Paula McLain.