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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

I just finished reading The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain.  Paula McLain?  Paula McLame, more like it.  Haha, just joking, it was an okay book.

It was about Ernest Hemingway's first wife Hadley Richardson.  She is 9 years older than him.  Together they have a child named John Hadley Nicanor.  They are together for 5 years and then get divorced.  Ernest will go on to have three more wives.  Ernest fell in love with Pauline Pfeiffer when he was still married to Richardson.  He thought maybe he could be like Ezra Pound and have a mistress and a wife, and everyone would be happy about it.  Wrong!  Richardson won't have any of it.  Hemingway gives the royalties to her for The Sun Also Rises in parting.

The Sun Also Rises was based on a trip he and Richardson took to Pamplona, Spain to see the Bull fights with friends.  Ernest loved them, apparently.  He loved how the matadors would look death in the face, how bullfighting made him feel alive.  Just like avalanches do, and hunting lions... and being poor.

Hemingway was a reporter for the Toronto Star.  We like to make sure that's known here in Canada.  He hated it, and thought Toronto was boring, so he stayed only four months, then left back to Paris.

Hemingway was also friends with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein.  He alienates everyone, and cuts ties with his mentors.

I've read The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, and Indian Camp. They are all so great.

He made himself into a myth. 

Then he shot himself, which will make it okay for others to do it, too.  Like Hunter S. Thompson.


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