Learn To Admit Jealousy


This was originally going to be a book review of sorts and I suppose in some ways it still is. The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain is a great read, it offers in-depth insight into the life of Ernest Hemingway as a young man trying to find his writing in Paris with his first wife. The entire book is from his wife’s perspective. While the novel is fictional in a lot of ways it offers a unique perspective on Hemingway, their marriage, Paris and the people they surrounded themselves with. It is a book that transports your mind and spirit and that is where my jealously came into play.

Ernest Hemingway was able to dedicate his entire life to his writing. His days in Paris were spent writing, his nights filled with booze, debauchery and socializing with people such as F. Scott Fitzgerald. The real world in so many ways was none of his concern, only his craft. While I don’t think I am the next Hemingway nor do I necessarily want to be I long for such an opportunity.

If only I could have six month, just six months free of everything and anything what novel would I be able to produce?

I have a feeling I will never know but perhaps just the thought of it is enough. 


10 thoughts on “Learn To Admit Jealousy

  1. Have you seen the movie “The Words”? I got it from Redbox and haven’t returned it. I’ve watched it 3 times. It’s a story about a story and a couple of writers. I loved it, I bet you would enjoy it as well.

  2. You should watch Midnight in Paris, if you haven’t already. You will love it!
    Owen Wilson stars. The role is perfect for him. A real treat of a film.
    I love movies about writers.
    As good as it gets, Something’s Go to to give.

    • That’s exactly the film I was going to recommend–while it presents caricatures of great literary and artistic figures of the 20s, the story is endearing and it represents Woody Allen at his matured zenith as a concise storyteller/cinematographer. Great mood of the the 20s and La Belle Epoque.

  3. Wow, that sounds right up my alley. Hemingway from the POV of another, excellent. I’ve never heard of this one. I’m going to get it. Thanks for the tip, I appreciate it.

  4. you’ve hooked me! book now ordered, along with Gioia Diliberto’s “Paris Without End!” Thank you! “A Moveable Feast” has always been my favorite Hemingway!

  5. I will finish the book tonight!!! I spent all weekend engrossed. I LOVE it and don’t want it to end. I agree, to have 6 months spent on the craft of writing would be incredible.

  6. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and Likeing ‘Worlds Apart’.

    I have been exploring your blog and I love it. I also love the background with its treasure of old books stacked to the ceiling. It reminds me of a used bookstore I once visited. Books were stacked on the floor almost to the top of my head and to make a purchase one had to get the proprietor to remove a book from the stack for you or risk an avalanche.

    I loved that store.

  7. I loved The Paris Wife, but I’d like say how much I can relate to your jealousy of Hemingway’s ability to dedicate his life to his craft. One of my favorite books is Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. How many times have I wondered what I could do, who I could write, if I had the “500 pounds a year and a room of one’s own” that she says women need if they’re to be writers…

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