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27 May 2011

Boo, Hiss.

Written by sally @ 1:17 pm — Section: sally

Y’all. Y’ALL. I just got done reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Do you find Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife, intriguing? Is she a romantic/tragic figure in your head? Well, then, by all means, don’t read this book because you will hate her dumb guts.

I don’t think it matters if this is what Hadley Richardson was actually like: pliable, simpering, boring. In a novel — and McLain chose to write a novel, after all — shouldn’t you make your main character likeable or relatable, real in some way? Take, for example, the genius that is Curtis Sittenfeld’s American Wife. Did I think Laura Bush was cool before I read American Wife? No. Do I think she’s cool now? Yes. Sittenfeld gives the character depth. McLain does not.

My other source of ire about The Paris Wife is that I was dumb enough to buy it for my Kindle. Do you know what this means? It means I’m stuck with it! I can’t wrap it up and give to anyone for Christmas! Stupid Kindle! Ok, yes, it was awesome to be able to keep it in my purse. But now it’s gonna be in there FOREVER, mingling with gum wrappers and receipts for Mexican food lunches.

One Response to “Boo, Hiss.”

  1. Mix said:

    Maybe the gum and Mexican food receipts will somehow mingle with the Kindle and change the story so that Hadley Richardson has some more flavor the next time you pick the Kindle up to read it? Eh? Technology affected by gum? It could happen!