Friday Morning Bookclub

September 11, 2014

The Paris Architect………..In Three Words!

Filed under: Audio books,Historical Fiction,In Three Words,The Paris Wife — susanbright @ 6:14 am

arch - CopyLucien Bernard, a talented young architect doesn’t hate Jews, he is just indifferent to them and their plight.  So when he is offered  a commission to design a hiding place in a posh apartment for a wealthy Jewish man, he is appalled. It was suicide! Why would he put his life in danger for a Jew? But as Lucien looked around the apartment, his head began to spin with ideas. He could do this, he could out smart the Gestapo! Truth be told, he could really use the money, This was a challenge he could not refuse…just this once!

The Paris Architect takes place in 1942 Paris. I chose to listen to this month’s book, and The Paris Architect is a RIVETING AUDIO BOOK!

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April 9, 2011

Hemingway’s Paris

Filed under: Literary Tidbits,The Paris Wife — susanbright @ 5:06 pm

This afternoon I took a Hemingway’s Paris walking tour with my son and husband. I recently read The Paris Wife  by Paula McClain and was anxious to see where Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley lived and dined. How cool is that, to be walking down rue Descartes just as the Hemingways did 90 some years ago! I thoroughly enjoyed the tour although I don’t think that my son or husband were very impressed! I  stood in front of the door of the first apartment building Ernest and Hadley lived in and walked inside (and took pictures) of the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, a store that Hemingway frequented. It is here that Ernest Hemingway is said to have broken a vase after reading a bad review! If you have not read The Paris Wife, I would highly recommend it. It was a wonderful read!

Hemingway's first apartment in Paris

Paris's best expat bookstore.

Inside Shakespeare & Company

February 7, 2011

The Paris Wife By Paula McLain

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The Paris Wife — susanbright @ 10:26 pm

I love a book that transports me to a different place and time and that is exactly what happened when I read Paula McLain’s newest novel The Paris Wife. Suddenly I was living in the 1920’s among such famous people as Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, to name a few. Mclain manages to bring to life these very colorful characters.

The Paris Wife is a beautifully written love story between  Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson. Hadley was 28 years old when she met 21 year old Ernest at a party of a mutual friend, Kate. Although Kate warned her about the charming Ernest, Hadley could not but help fall in love with him. The couple married and moved to Paris where Hemingway struggled to make a living, often writing for publications that he felt were beneath him.

Together they traveled to exotic places and partied with the rich and famous.  Their story is told though the voice of Hadley and I was able to feel her joy as well as her pain. It is a story of love, temptation and betrayal. The Paris Wife was a joy to read!

February 1, 2011

The Paris Wife By Paula McLain

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The Paris Wife — susanbright @ 5:20 pm

I just received an advance copy of The Paris Wife and it looks like a fascinating read! The Paris Wife is told in the voice of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife.  Twenty Eight year old Hadley was living in Chicago and had all but given up on love, when she met Hemingway.  The two fell in love, married and set sail for Paris. I am looking forward to reading and learning about the life of one of the most famous American novelist of all times.

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