No twentieth-century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Hemingway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view — that of his first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation and meet fascinating characters such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, "I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her."
-Taken from the hardcover edition.
Let me start by saying that Hemingway has been on my to-read list for a long time, but for some reason I've just never gotten around to reading anything of his. After reading this I don't know that I can read his work and enjoy it. I may have to wait a long while before I can consider it again. I had never really done any research on Hemingway himself, but when I started reading this book I immediately fell in love with the authors portrayal of him. As the story went on I came to loathe him.
Although I really enjoyed this book and am happy that I read it, it became such a painfully heartbreaking read for me. Seriously! I've read books before that have made me feel this way...but this one was just too much! I nearly cried several times for a few days after I finished it. Don't let that stop you from reading it though! It's a beautiful story that I most certainly recommend to anyone with an interest in Hemingway, Paris in the 20's, and love of course :) The writing was beautiful and full of emotion. I enjoy being able to read something and actually feel as though I'm there...as though I'm part of it all. This book definitely did that for me.