Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Writing in Paris

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you for Paris is a moveable feast." - Ernest Hemingway

So, I've just started reading The Paris Wife.  It is a work of historical fiction written by Paula McLain.  It is written from the point of view of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway's first wife, during the period they lived in Paris in the 1920's.  I'm really excited to read this book for several reasons:
1. I am a huge fan of Hemingway
2. I love historical fiction
3. I love Paris
4. I would love to have lived in Paris in the 1920's
(Which, coincidentally, is what I hear is the exact subject of the new Woody Allen movie "Midnight in Paris".  I'm going to have to see that.)
Anyway,  I've always been enthralled with the idea of Montparnasse in the 1920's and all the intellectuals who made up the "Lost Generation".  What amazing conversations they must have had. . . .

Ernest Hemingway

here, with Hadley and Bumby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

here, with Zelda

Sylvia Beach

here, outside her Shakespeare and Company Book Shop

Beach in front of the book shop with Hemingway and Adrienne Monnier

Ezra Pound

Gertrude Stein

James Joyce

here, with Sylvia Beach

"Paris is at her best in May.
When spring and youth possess her.
And gentle winds caress her.
A million blossoms on display!"

  - J'Aime Paris au Mois de Mai- (Lees-Aznavour-Roche)

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