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A Moveable Feast [Mass Market Paperback]

Ernest Hemingway
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3 Nov 1994

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. Since Hemingway's personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined and debated the changes made to the text before publication. Now this new 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 the editor and grandson of the author, Seán Hemingway, this new edition 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 other luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Madox Ford, and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft.

Sure to excite critics and readers alike, the restored edition of A Moveable Feast brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and enthusiasm that Hemingway himself experienced. In the world of letters it is a unique insight into a great literary generation, by one of the best American writers of the twentieth century.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099909405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099909408
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899. His father was a doctor and he was the second of six children. Their home was at Oak Park, a Chicago suburb.

In 1917, Hemingway joined the Kansas City Star as a cub reporter. The following year, he volunteered as an ambulance driver on the Italian front, where he was badly wounded but decorated for his services. He returned to America in 1919, and married in 1921. In 1922, he reported on the Greco-Turkish war before resigning from journalism to devote himself to fiction. He settled in Paris where he renewed his earlier friendships with such fellow-American expatriates as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Their encouragement and criticism were to play a valuable part in the formation of his style.

Hemingway's first two published works were Three Stories and Ten Poems and In Our Time but it was the satirical novel, The Torrents of Spring, that established his name more widely. His international reputation was firmly secured by his next three books; Fiesta, Men Without Women and A Farewell to Arms.

He was passionately involved with bullfighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing and his writing reflected this. He visited Spain during the Civil War and described his experiences in the bestseller, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

His direct and deceptively simple style of writing spawned generations of imitators but no equals. Recognition of his position in contemporary literature came in 1954 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.

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"The Paris sketches are absolutely controlled, far enough removed in time so that the scenes and characters are observed in tranquillity, and yet with astonishing immediacy - his remarkable gift - so that many have the hard brilliance of his best fiction" (New York Herald Tribune)

"The first thing to say about the 'restored' edition so ably and attractively produced by Patrick and Sean Hemingway is that it does live up to its billing . . . well worth having" (Christopher Hitchens, "The Atlantic")

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Hemingway's classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, published for the first time as he intended - from the Nobel Prize-winning author of A Farewell To Arms.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway's Way 2 Jun 2011
By G. M. Sinstadt VINE VOICE
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The introduction makes clear that this is a collection of chapters/sketches relating to Ernest Hemingway's time in Paris between the wars. Chronology is at best variable; arranging the order seems to have been somewhat arbitary. What emerges is a multi-layered portrait of a city at an interesting period of artistic life; of a few famous people who lived there; and of a marriage that progresses from tranquil happiness to disintegration. Hadley, the author's first wife, is the victim; much of the book reads like a remorseful apology for his part in the failure.

The incidental recreation of Paris in the 1920's - the cafés, the race tracks, the apartment above the sawmill where the Hemingways lived - yields some vivid vignettes. The goatherd driving his goats through the street, pausing to milk one for a customer, calls for a readjustment of one's Parisian preconceptions.

Of the people, there are insights into Gertrud Stein, James Joyce, Ezra Pound and especially Scott Fitgerald. The boxer Larry Gains appears and, with him, the macho Hemingway, showing off what he knows about the fight game. There is also the sentimental Tatie - the dialogue that accompanies his hair-growing contest with Hadley is almost too embarrassing to read.

But through it all there is Hemingway wrestling with the business of writing, frequently returning to the conviction that what is left out reinforces what remains - a philosophy that can be seen in some of the better sketches. Of course, the book is uneven but as the long sentences unroll, held together with multiple conjunctions and a minimum of punctuation, the master's hand is apparent.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a book - a friend. 26 April 2001
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I first read this book a few years ago and though I enjoyed it wasn't moved by it. A couple of years later on my first trip to Paris I decided to take the book with me. Somehow the book took on a new life. I could visit the locations described and appreciate the descriptions of people and events. I fell in love with Paris, Hemingway and the Lost Generation all because of this book. I now have quite a collection of books describing the 1920s and 1930s in Paris and have bought a prized first edition of this book. I strongly recommend this book to readers particularly those visiting Paris. Five Stars because there are only five.
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4.0 out of 5 stars croissants and angels! 27 Sep 2003
By Polly
I sought this book after I had watched the film, City of Angels with Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. If an angel was enthralled by Hemingway's Moveable Feast then I thought it must be good. He wasn't wrong! The descriptive language subsumes your imagination - a truly excellent work from a sagacious author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moveable fFeast 30 May 2012
By valanne
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This is so much better than 'The Sun Also Rises' which I found irritating and self centred/indulgent. Hemmingway is not my favourite character and the 'set' he belonged to are revolting, but in this book he actually comes across as reasonably human. I don't actually think he was a brilliant writer; he repeats himself frequently and has a tendency to ramble on, but I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand, or know more about, Hemmingway himself. A good read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intimate legacy 18 Mar 2010
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Memory can be unreliable, and it would be too fussy to criticize Hem's memoirs over little inaccuracies. This book is in fact a brutally honest legacy and incredibly intimate. It is amazing to think that almost forty years elapsed between the events described and their being written. The real impact of the book is that it makes you feel you've made a close friendship with the author. It creates longings in you; we would love to have lived in Paris at that time and to have encountered all those artists (Joyce, Pound, Pascin). The attention to detail brings it to life; you feel that you can hear the woodpigeons and smell the pastries.

Hemingway operates at the level of `feeling'. He says much about his likes and dislikes, his addiction to gambling, his lack of confidence and his efforts to like even the most unlike-able characters (most especially Ford Maddox Ford). Hemingway has left the world a genuinely valuable legacy with these snapshots of 1920s Paris life and it is a book you'll want to read again and again.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL. After this novel, I would do anything to be able to have a coffee with Hemingway and his expatriates at the Closerie de Lillas cafe. The most astounding part is that this novel is TRUTH, maybe colored with nostalgia but are amazingly touching portraits of some of the greatest literary giants of the century. When I put the novel down, I felt like I KNEW Hemingway. There were so many times he would make me laugh out loud or sigh with regret! I've read a great deal of his more reknown novels, but this novel is tied for my favorite novel of his along with Farewell to Arms. It's inconcievable that such extraordinarily talented people collected in a few Parisian cafes in a few years, and they were all acquaintences. What an idea! His stories of F.Scott Fitzgerald were especially illuminating and hilarious, but my favorites were: Ford Madox Ford & the Devil's Disciple, Birth of a New School ( especially funny ), With Pascin at the Dome, & Ezra Pound and the Bel Esprit. Hemingway's wit and sarcasm are so real, they leap off the pages and he seems to be engaging you in conversation. This novel really opened up my eyes to my perspective of Hemingway, most of his novels are stories that are semi-autobiographical so we have to decipher truth from plot. There is no need to figure out what is Hemingway--because it is ALL Hemingway!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ernest Hemingway – A Moveable Feast | Review
“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. Read more
Published 11 days ago by SocialBookshelves.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
We read this in our book group and I thought it would be hard work, but I couldn't put it down. We were inspired to read it having read The Paris Wife which we all really enjoyed.
Published 11 days ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem
An autopbiography that was never intended to be shared. Insights into Hemingway and his contemporaries as if you are sitting next to him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul ODonnell
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
As a tour guide of Paris, it was a good buy.
Guess I was expecting more of a story, but just didn't get going.
Published 2 months ago by Mr A R Weight
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not special
Nice book but not something that I would recommend a lot. It is more like a personal diary of Hemingway's
Published 2 months ago by Menelaos
2.0 out of 5 stars For hardcore fans only
Published posthumously in 1964, and edited from his manuscripts and notes by his widow and fourth wife, Mary Hemingway, and then revised by his grandson Seán Hemingway, "A... Read more
Published 3 months ago by nigeyb
3.0 out of 5 stars Hemmingway - sometimes a bit chewy but you need to be in the right...
Don't expect a quick read, even though it is a slim volume, the text is fleuric and sometimes hard to digest
Published 4 months ago by R.A.E
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and decadent
A wonder of a trip though time and Paris to a truly bohemian existence of the artist and his inflential friends.
Published 5 months ago by Andrea Walter
4.0 out of 5 stars The Paris Husband
Anyone who has read "THe Paris Wife" should read Hemingway's account of the same years. Written towards the end of his life this book gives a vivid account of Paris and its... Read more
Published 6 months ago by George Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast
After reading the novel The Paris Wife by Paula McLain with my book group I wanted to explore Hemingway's own thoughts on this period of his life. An interesting read.
Published 6 months ago by J. Coyne
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