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Paula McLain

Autor/a de The Paris Wife

16+ obres 10,106 Membres 682 Ressenyes 1 preferits

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Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System and moved in and out of foster homes for the next 14 years. She received a MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996. She is mostra'n més the author of two collections of poetry entitled Less of Her and Stumble, Gorgeous and a memoir entitled Like Family: Growing up in Other People's Houses. She has also written several novels including A Ticket to Ride, The Paris Wife, and Circling the Sun. She has published individual poems and essays in numerous journals including the Gettysburg Review, Antioch Review, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

Inclou aquests noms: Paula Mc Lain, Paula McLain (Author)

Obres de Paula McLain

The Paris Wife (2011) 6,092 exemplars
Circling the Sun (2015) 1,986 exemplars
When the Stars Go Dark (2021) 855 exemplars
Love and Ruin (2018) 655 exemplars
A Mind of Her Own (2019) 175 exemplars
A Ticket to Ride (2008) 144 exemplars
Stumble, Gorgeous (2005) 12 exemplars
Ash Wednesday (2022) 12 exemplars
Less of Her (1999) 10 exemplars
Something That Cannot Die (2020) 9 exemplars
When the Stars Go Dark (2021) 2 exemplars
Circling the sun 1 exemplars

Obres associades

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Cleveland Noir (2023) — Col·laborador — 24 exemplars


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Having read Hemingway's A Moveable Feast and Diliberto's Paris Without End, I was pretty familiar with the story of Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson. But it's an engaging story, certainly good enough for fiction so I was curious what McLain would make of it.

I would say she did very well. There is dialogue and there are events that she probably invented, although I wouldn't know how much might have been recorded in letters, etc. Still, even if you knew more or less what happened in that relationship, this fictional account of it is very believable -- that it to say, she doesn't put in anything that you know is just plain wrong and that would put you off. I hate when writers of historical fiction do that.

In fact, her relaying the story of the first Hemingway marriage through Hadley's voice is compelling and believable. You don't come out of it necessarily hating Hemingway's guts, as one might very well do upon reading a factual account of his betrayal of Hadley. No, you see it through her eyes and her eyes were very forgiving. She managed to get on with her life, and from all accounts, had a far happier life than Hemingway did with a very successful second marriage. But I don't think she ever hated Heminway and seemed to be able to sympathize with him throughout her ordeal and later throughout her life.
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dvoratreis | Hi ha 370 ressenyes més | May 22, 2024 |
(Print: 7/28/2015; 978-0345534187; Ballantine Books; 1st edition; 384 pages )
(Digital: Yes.)
Audio: 7/28/2015; 9780307989932; Penguin Random House Audio Publishing; Duration 12:05:38 (10 parts); Unabridged.
(Film: No).


CHARACTERS: (Not comprehensive)
Beryl Clutterbuck (Markham) – Protagonist whose life we follow
Charles Clutterbuck – Beryl’s father
Clara Agnes (Alexander) Cluterbuck – Beryl’s mother
Jock Purves – Beryl’s 1st husband
Denys Finch Hatton – A love interest of Beryl’s as well as of Karen’s
Karen Blixen – A friend Beryl makes in her early 20’s in Africa (and author of “Out of Africa”.
Mansfield Markham – Beryl’s 2nd husband
Gervase Markham – Son with Mansfield

“For my family—with love and thanks for unending—and for Letti Ann Christoffersen who was my Lady D”

I can’t recall my inspiration for reading this. It’s possible I saw the cover and was intrigued, or that I had noticed it was by the author of “The Paris Wife” which I have not read, but it’s on my list.
This book is historical fiction—it is peopled by authentic personages, but the conversations and incidences come from the author’s imagination. I loved the writing, the location, and the strength of Beryl’s character.

Paula McLain 1965. According to Wikipedia, Paula “is an American author best known for her novel, The Paris Wife, a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway's first marriage[1] which became a long-time New York Times bestseller.[2] She has published two collections of poetry, a memoir about growing up in the foster system, and the novel A Ticket to Ride.”
NARRATOR(S): Katharine Lee McEwan. According to Wikipedia, Katharine “is an English actress, screenwriter, and film producer. She gained recognition in 2015 with the award-winning independent feature film Solitary, which she wrote and produced in addition to playing the lead role.”
At the end of this book was when I learned that the people actually existed and that the main character, Beryl, had actually written a memoir called West with the Night. I’ve begun listening to it, and instantly I missed Kathleen’s voice. She lends class and gentility to these characters.

Historical fiction, Literature

Colonial British East Africa - Njoro, Kenya, Nairobi, Ngong Hills, London

1904 - 1936

Africa, horse training, romance, independence, African tribes, society, convention, willfulness’, marriage, piloting, Gull airplane, royalty, women’s roles

1st Person

From Chapter Part One

Chapter 1:
“Before Kenya was Kenya, when it was millions of years old and yet still somehow new, the name belonged only to our most magnificent mountain. You could see it from our farm in Njoro, in the British East African Portectorate—hard edged at the far end of a stretching golden plain, its crown glazed with ice that never completely melted. Behind us, the Mau Forest was blue with strings of mist. Before us, the Rongai Valley sloped down and away, bordered on one side by the strange, high Menengai Crater, which the natives called the Mountain of God, and on the other by the distant Aberdare Range, rounded blue-grey hills that went smoky and purple at dusk before dissolving into the night sky.
When we first arrived, in 1904, the farm wasn’t anything but fifteen hundred acres of untouched bush and three weather-beaten huts.
‘This?’ my mother said, the air around her humming and shimmering as if it were alive, ‘You sold everything for this?’
‘Other farmers are making a go of it in tougher places, Clara,’ my father said.
‘You’re not a farmer, Charles!’ she spat before bursting into tears.”

5 stars. Wonderfully written.

5/19/21 – 5/30/21
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TraSea | Hi ha 181 ressenyes més | Apr 29, 2024 |
In “ Live and Ruin” I found it difficult to like either Martha Gelhorn or Ernest Hemingway . They both came across as self centered, egotistical, and childish. It came as no surprise their marriage was doomed. The risks Marty took as a war correspondent seemed selfish in this novel. As she was an actual person I don’t know what her life was really like but in this book I didn’t really like Martha.
Smits | Hi ha 45 ressenyes més | Apr 3, 2024 |
The Paris Wife is the story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. They lived in Paris for most of their marriage. They were friends with many of the writers who were popular in the 1920's. Even though it is fiction the author chose to stay true to events of their lives during their marriage. For most of their time together Ernest was an unknown. He was trying to sell his first book. They lived rather simply and traveled to much of Europe. If you are interested in the Jazz Age and the writers of the 20's this would be an enjoyable read.… (més)
dara85 | Hi ha 370 ressenyes més | Mar 12, 2024 |



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