An historical fiction novel about Hadley Richardson, the first wife (The Paris Wife) of Ernest Hemingway, and their years together. The book tells the story of their early romance, great love for each other, marriage, trials romantically, financially and emotionally. As newly weds they relocated from the US to Paris where Ernest struggled to find himself and to write the novel that would catapulte him onto the stage as a celebrated writer. The books focus is on Hadley, her challenges as a devoted wife, friend, mother and Ernest's muse. The years that the Hemingways' spent in Paris where heavy drinking, open marriages of friends, making connections with the 'right' people, glamour, affairs and jealousy, changed their love and their lives. It was an emotional read.
Hadley and Ernest spent a lot of time in Paris and travelling to other European countries, but reading about their time together in Pamplona, Spain was my favourite. The heat and feel of the city, the bull run, cafes and bars all brought back wonderful memories of Pamplona where the Huzz and I spent a few days during a 3 week Spanish road trip we did together in 2001.
I remember having breakfasts in Cafe Iruna where Ernest Hemingway had sat writing and drinking with friends and Hadley. The little hostel where we stayed, with a double stained glass windows that opened onto the street below. The cobbled streets. The town hall with window boxes overflowing with geraniums. The piazza where there was a huge demonstration early one morning, when a number of huge trees were cut down so that a parking lot could be built! Whilst in Pamplona I had to buy Hemingway's book 'The Sun also Rises' (Fiesta) as a souvenir.
And so I went on a 'digital' search back through our hard drives looking for photographs of that trip in 2001. We didn't actually take as many photographs as I'd thought. Here are just a few of Pamplona from 2001.
The windows of our apartment.
Inside Cafe Iruna
The beautiful piazza and trees that were cut down.
Poster advertising the bullfight
Fabulous hams in a cafe.
I'm now going to reread 'Fiesta', to relive the memories, and as I haven't read any other Hemingway novels, I'll be pickng a few from this selection and see how it goes.
The Torrents of Spring
A Farewell to Arms
To Have and Have Not
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Across the River and into the Trees
The Old Man and the Sea
Islands in the Stream
The Garden of Eden
Men Without Women
Winner Take Nothing
The Snow of Killimanjaro
Death in the Afternoon
Green Hills of Africa
A Moveable Feast
(a memoir with much reference to his life with Hadley which I think I may read next)
The Dangerous Summer
Have you read any Hemingway? Any recommendations?