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View Diary: What are you reading? Jan 9, 2013 (74 comments)

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  •  “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain (6+ / 0-)
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    oculus, plf515, inHI, shari, Brecht, citizenx

    I was reluctant to read this book at first (it was a book club selection), but am now glad I did.  It is about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, and their life in Paris.   The author writes in the voice of Hadley and weaves a compelling and sympathetic story about Hemingway and his struggles.  

    Piqued my interest in Hemingway, whom I have never read,  and now I am pondering reading some of his writings. Perhaps I will do so after reading the numerous other books on my to-read list.

    Religion - the ultimate weapon of mass manipulation

    by LynChi on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 08:09:27 AM PST

    •  You may enjoy Hemingway's "A Moveable (5+ / 0-)

      Feast."  Be sure to get the edition prepared by his son.

    •  For a good spouse bio read "Loving Frank" (5+ / 0-)

      In my view it fully eclipses "The Paris Wife".

      I thought the author succeeded in creating Hadley as a dull and boring wife... and so... I found the book boring. I came to dislike this boring person. I even wondered if she was deliberately undermining EM... her reaction to his leaving for the work he needed and loved, losing his manuscript (obviously care was not taken, regardless of what she says) and maybe even the baby.

      "Loving Frank" is the a fictional treatment (that my just be accurate) of the stunning story of Frank Lloyd Wright's second wife.

    •  Hemingway sometimes gets a bad rap (5+ / 0-)

      these days as a macho boor, and he probably was, at least by today's standards, but he is a GREAT writer, who should not be missed.  If there is even a tiny romantic bone in your body, A Farewell to Arms will lay you out, and is one place to start.  A Moveable Feast, noted below, is terrific, but for the same period through a fictional lens, The Sun Also Rises is masterful.  It never fails to boggle my mind to see A Farewell to Arms, as it often is, on lists of most commonly banned books in school libraries.  Explains a lot about voting patterns in places where that happens.

    •  Read "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" - a short story (5+ / 0-)
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      LynChi, plf515, ferg, Brecht, citizenx

      collection.  I have always thought Hemingway's short stories are better than the novels.  They better fit his spare style.  And you will never forget the poor frozen leopard.

      "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

      by Most Awesome Nana on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:52:30 PM PST

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