Friday, April 6, 2012

We'll Always Have Paris - At Least At Your Library

The 1920's in Paris was a unique time of concentrated creativity which has never been equalled. The presence of the expatriot writers which included Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, James Joyce, Ford Madox Ford, Henry Miller, T S Eliot, Anais Nin, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein, created a charged atmosphere of possibilities which fueled the artistic scene as well. Ever since, readers have found the notion of this singular moment in time endlessly fascinating. Just imagine all the above-mentioned writers plus artists such as Picasso, Dali, Matisse, and the surrealist photographer and cinematographer Man Ray.  
In her first novel, The Paris Wife, Paula McClain has struck a responsive chord with readers describing Hemingway's first marriage from the perspective of his wife, Hadley. It has achieved broad popularity and undoubtedly will eventually produce a film. But last year's Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris, addresses the entire "Lost Generation" scene and indulges the viewer in the greatest daydream of all - to live in the milieu which produced some of the greatest writing and art ever.
At the Armstrong Library, our Brown Bag Book Group is currently reading The Paris Wife and on Thursday, April 26th at 4 pm, we will discuss the book and watch the Oscar-winning film Midnight in Paris.
Please contact the Library to participate in the Book Group, or just come to the showing of the movie on the 26th!

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