Love and Ruin

Love and Ruin

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"In 1937, nervous but determined to succeed, Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War, and finds herself drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly--and uncontrollably--falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, Key West and especially Cuba, where Martha and Ernest made their home, their relationship and 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 suffocating demands of a domestic lifestyle, or risk losing her husband by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that will force her to break his heart, or her own."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Bond Street Books, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780385691789
Branch Call Number: MCLAIN
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 06, 2018

I wish I had abandoned this book after the first 100 pages. I've read her other works, and enjoyed them. This story read like a trashy romance novel with internal dialogue that is based on nothing. I made myself finish it, but I should have set it down.

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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