Love and Ruin

Love and Ruin

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"The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn--a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It's the adventure she's been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly--and uncontrollably--falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest's relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man's wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that could force her to break his heart, and hers. Heralded by Ann Patchett as "the new star of historical fiction," Paula McLain brings Gellhorn's story richly to life and captures her as a heroine for the ages: a woman who will risk absolutely everything to find her own voice"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101967386
Branch Call Number: FIC McLain, P 2018
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 13, 2018

Paula McLain does great biographical fiction and Love and Ruin is no exception to that. Her stories really allow you to step into the shoes of a historical figure and get a taste for what life felt like at that particular time and place. I did have two small issues with this book. I always struggle a bit with historical fiction written in first person (which this is). It just tampers with the plausibility of the account for me. The second issue is about the depth of the story. I felt like author just skimmed along the surface of the story and I would have enjoyed it all the more if she had done a deeper dive. There is so much rich material here to write about. These are just personal taste issues and I think this will be a great read for a lot of people.

May 23, 2018

In LOVE AND RUIN author Paula McLain returns to familiar territory: Ernest Hemmingway and a strong independent woman trying to succeed in a decidedly man’s world. This time it is the celebrated novelist’s third wife Martha Gellhorn who, despite many challenges, established herself as one of the great war correspondents of the 20th century. Additionally, she became an accomplished writer and journalist in her own right. Not surprising the lyrical title LOVE AND RUIN forecasts what lies ahead for the Gellhorn-Hemmingway relationship. This is a fascinating study of 2 people: one at the pinnacle of his career and one at the beginning of hers. A sign of a good work of historical fiction is one that prompts the reader to learn more about its subject, and for me, author McLain definitely achieved this. Well done!

jabberbooky Apr 23, 2018

If you enjoyed The Paris Wife, here's another book by Paula McLain that you are going to want to read. Here McLain tackles the complicated relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gelhorn, his third wife. And she is a strong woman! The story moves around the world along with Ernest and Martha.


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May 23, 2018

“Real writing, I was beginning to realize, was more like laying bricks than waiting for lightning to strike. It was painstaking. It was manual labor. And sometimes, sometimes if you kept putting the bricks down and let your hands just go on bleeding, and didn’t look up and didn’t stop for anything, the lightning came. Not when you prayed for it, but when you did your work.”


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