A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast

Book - 1996
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Ernest Hemingway's classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, now available in a restored edition, includes the original manuscript along with insightful recollections and unfinished sketches.

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most enduring works. Since Hemingway's personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined the changes made to the text before publication. Now, this special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared it to be published.

Featuring a personal Foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest's sole surviving son, and an Introduction by grandson of the author, Se#65533;n Hemingway, editor of this edition, the book also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son, Jack, and his first wife Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of literary luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Maddox Ford, and insightful recollections of Hemingway's own early experiments with his craft.

Widely celebrated and debated by critics and readers everywhere, the restored edition of A Moveable Feast brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1996
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed
ISBN: 9780684824994
Characteristics: 211 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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i'm heartbroken every time i read of hadley losing all those stories, at the railway station. what was her unconscious resentment? was alice b. toklas a hypnotist? if so, how did she get her claws into hadley? was ernie so unwise as to allow her access to his wife, and young mother? maybe we will never know, for sure. think of the loss to literature.

Nov 14, 2017

The rewarding aspect was reading about the creative personalities, even though Hemingway’s intention was to show most of them in the worst possible light. His portrayal of Fitzgerald as a basket case is cruelly funny. There is unintentional humor in his self portrait as heroic, impoverished artist—the stuff about going hungry is pure fiction. This wouldn’t have enhanced his literary reputation, but is a pretty interesting record of the times.

Jul 29, 2016

A delicious book! If you have been to Paris you will yearn to return. If you haven't been, you will be booking a trip.

Nov 25, 2015

a self absorbed young man always ready to talk about "friends". still the setting of paris after wwI was fascinating as were some of the less personal stories about the other inhabitants of the literary world in paris

Aug 27, 2014

This is an informative reading, and it comes best after reading "A Paris Wife" - so happy it just happened I've read that one first.

Jul 07, 2013

Read this book after The Paris Wife, more out of an interest in Hadley, Hemmingway's wife, than the author himself. I don't appreciate Hemmingway's fiction and short stories, but found this to be an interesting account of his time as a young writer, husband, and father in Paris.

May 04, 2013

Hemmingway came across as a naive man to me, focused mainly on himself. Some of the descriptions of Paris are evocative. But I found "A Paris Wife", in Hatley's voice, to be much more interesting.

mmorales1022 Aug 26, 2012

I read this book after i read The Paris Wife. Both books are accounts for The Hemingway's years in Paris. I really enjoyed The Paris Wife which then encouraged me to read The Moveable Feast to compare and contrast.
Love the first-person accounts.

ser_library Oct 16, 2011

a wonderful complement to the movie "Midnight in Paris"

the picture of how Hem wrote is enlightening

Jul 22, 2011

You can get some further details under the "Review" tab. This version includes a bunch of sections that Hemingway decided to leave out of the original book as well as a number of alternative versions of sections that were included. Interesting in an academic way, but I didn't find it added to my appreciation of the book.

While many people find this book to be largely gossip (and a lot of nasty gossip) about people who have been dead for a long time, it was a personal touchstone for me as a teenager, and I still love it (in either version).

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Reader1015 Mar 12, 2012

Not one of Hemingway's best works but the stories dovetail nicely with The Paris Wife. The Paris Wife is a lovely book about Hemingway's tumultuous relationship with his first wife Hadley. These stories re-iterate and expand the details and Ernest's thoughts during that time of his life.


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Jul 07, 2013

"There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it. But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy."


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