I read a book, yo! Sure, I haven’t vacuumed in a few weeks, but there’s always time for that later. And get this, I even checked out a book from the library, so I didn’t even pay to read this book. On second thought, my tax dollars paid for this book!
I picked up “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain, which is a novel that combines fact with fiction to detail the courtship and marriage of Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway. The novel is told from Hadley’s point of view, and her story is very engaging as she struggles to fit in with the artists of the “Lost Generation” in Paris in the 1920s.
Spoiler Alert: Everyone in the book drinks a lot. Ernest gets pretty famous. He’s kinda jerky. More drinking. He and Hadley divorce. I learned several new words for “drunk.” Winning!
Since it’s Truth Tuesday or whatever, I have to admit I haven’t read much Hemingway. I read “The Old Man and the Sea” in the 8th grade and “Hills Like White Elephants” in high school, and I don’t remember caring for either story that much. In the words of middle-schooler, Finn Payton, “Meh.”
And I recall trying to read “Islands in the Stream” on my first summer break from college, but found that it wasn’t nearly as entertaining as the Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton song of the same name, so I ditched it after 15 pages and just read Cosmopolitan and Glamour magazines all summer instead (it was the heyday of the Supermodel—so sue me).
But I’m older and wiser and more interested in stuff now, and when I visited Paris for the first time last year (and loved it), I immediately came home and watched Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (and loved that too). So I’m a latecomer to digging this whole Jazz Age period. Because who doesn’t love a bunch of crazy, drunk artists?
This book made we want to read Hemingway’s set of memoirs “A Moveable Feast” to get his take on those years in Paris. Anyone read that? Should I just get the CliffsNotes? Or skip right to a fashion magazine?
In summary, curl up with this quick read and a plate of hard cheese and crusty bread. You’ll be delighted and done before you know it.