A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast

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"There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other." --Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway's classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s remains one of his most beloved works. Filled with tender memories of his first wife Hadley and their son Jack; irreverent portraits of literary luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft, A Moveable Feast brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized. It is an elegy to a remarkable group of expatriates and a testament to the risks and rewards of the writerly life.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2003.
Edition: First Scribner trade pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780684824994
068482499X
Branch Call Number: 813.52 HEMINGWA
Characteristics: 211 pages, [8] pages plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm.

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LPL_SarahM Jul 26, 2020

The Paris setting; The window into some of America's most beloved authors' lives at a time when they were the most prolific; The shocking amount of wine being drunk; The... house cat as a babysitter? It was a wonderful read. One I'm sure I'll pick up again here and there when I need to feel clos... Read More »


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ednabw
Apr 06, 2021

Ernest Hemingway has always been one of my favorite authors after my ninth grade English teacher “made” the class read, The Old Man and The Sea. The book directed me to read his other novels that were readily sitting on my dad’s bookshelf including, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and, For Whom the Bell Tolls. For readers who have visited Paris, it could occur to them that most cafes and streets probably look about the same as it did for Hemingway and his contemporaries. A Moveable Feast, Hemingway’s autobiography, allows the reader to experience Paris during the 1920s when it was affordable and an enlightening experience for young American writers. Hemingway struggled with his reporting style as a war correspondent and short story writer yet, he evolved brilliantly with a writing style that described the bluntness of experiencing everyday life. Helping him with writing suggestions were Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Scott Fitzgerald along with his dedicated and beloved wife, Hadley. The descriptions of his impressive friends are priceless. Remarkable book and one every reader of American literature, should read.

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WC_Editrix
Jan 30, 2021

My first dip into Hemingway since "The Old Man and the Sea" in college. It was illuminating. I see why his style is praised, and he's a classic. Plus, I found out a bit about his early writing life, and personal style, and history of place and time in Paris. I will read more of his work, which is great, since I didn't think I liked his style.

LPL_SarahM Jul 26, 2020

The Paris setting; The window into some of America's most beloved authors' lives at a time when they were the most prolific; The shocking amount of wine being drunk; The... house cat as a babysitter? It was a wonderful read. One I'm sure I'll pick up again here and there when I need to feel closer to Paris and to struggling writers everywhere.

ArapahoeKati Jan 11, 2019

After a decade of this sitting on my shelf, I finally read it (and listened to the audiobook because I wanted to hear some French). I enjoyed about half of the stories, especially the stories about F. Scott Fitzgerald, plus the lovely stories about his first wife, Hadley.

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candlesticktroughs
Nov 29, 2017

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.

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EvanSchoenfeld
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.

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atfrancis
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.

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msemos
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

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magmot
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.

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nannyanne
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.

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hganes
Dec 30, 2018

“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.”

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hganes
Dec 30, 2018

“Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.”

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nannyanne
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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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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