At first glance, the story, to me is unappealing - a straight forward love story from the point of view of Hemingways first wife set mostly in 1920's Paris. However I found the novel to be astonishingly well written, with a flowing appealing narrative style. Maclain's use of sybolism and metaphor are understated and thereby all the more effective. The period dialogue adds authenticity, and Maclain excels at describing characters and settings and bringing them to life. Even peripheral characters are well realised and believable. With a poignent and emotional ending, Maclain uses the story to explore the fragility of love, relationships and marriage that ultimately gives the reader cause to reflect on their own relationships failed or otherwise.
A heart-rending read I thoroughly recommend.
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