Thursday, February 9, 2012
Book Club - The Paris Wife
I don't know what I was expecting from The Paris Wife exactly, but I didn't love it. It was OK. It took me about three weeks to get through it, which is a long time for me. I guess I couldn't really get into it. I did enjoy the story and felt as if the author took me along to Paris with Earnest and Hadley. However, I just felt that there were too many unnecessary details. I felt like the author was more concerned about all the little details here and there rather than the big picture. Also, everything was all about Earnest, which I expected. But I was looking forward to hearing Hadley’s opinion and voice, which I felt she was lacking until the very end of the book. Maybe that’s how things were in the 1920s but I was looking for a stronger female character out of Hadley.
I wish the story could have flowed better, as opposed to skipping weeks here and there based on what Earnest was doing or accomplishing. Earnest was just young and in love and they definitely rushed into the marriage, so I wasn’t surprised when it ended. They never built that foundation that is so important for a lasting relationship. I felt like the italicized chapters in Earnest’s point of view were important for me to see things from his perspective, but I felt that it was disproportionate to Hadley’s chapters, and seemed more like an afterthought.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and learned a lot about Earnest Hemingway and that time period. But, I did get very frustrated with Hadley’s weak personality and couldn’t understand her most of the time
Next month's book is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, which I have already read and loved. I'll consider this a month off from book club but I will skim the book to refresh my memory. It is such a sweet book and I absolutely LOVE Enzo the dog and this was one of a few books that have actually made me cry. It's going to make for a great discussion!