Toward the top -- say the top third.
It reminded me of other books from the times -- Huxley's Brave New World, the Great Gatsby, etc.
When he talks about the scene with F Scott getting himself sick when they about to start an adventure
A little too much of a good thing
If I had to do it over again I would try reading the original published version. the "extras" in this version felt tacked on and made the narrative seem disjointed.
I was truly amazed at "The Paris WIfe". For me "A Moveable Feast" added background and another view of the story of the people involved. The performance was excellent and in the end it was a favorite Hemmingway story.
To begin with I found this book of limited interest, all these French names of streets and coffee houses sounded a bit pretentious and I didnt care much about Hemmingways tales of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound or James Joyce although I admit the stories of Scott Fitzgerald were amusing. However, after a while I started to sense an undercurrent running right through the book. And this was the love between Hemmingway and his first wife Hadley. They were indestructible, I think he says several times. And because they are so obviously content and happy a sense of foreboding creeps in (after all you know he married four times). And when the disaster strikes in one of final chapters (and this should have been the final chapter) it is heart-rending. It made me wonder if the remorse he felt didnt last all his life and not just until Hadley got married again. This background story made this book a great book after all.
"There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
Published posthumously in 1964 (3 years after Papa died), this somewhat scattered memoir covers his years as a young writer living in Paris. You may already know the title comes from a passage in the book, "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."
For most of the memoir, Hemingway was married to his 1st wife, Hadley, containing the poignant description that, “When I saw my wife again standing by the tracks as the train came in by the piled logs at the station, I wished I had died before I had ever loved anyone but her." Of course, this was just prior to his leaving her for his next wife.
A MOVEABLE FEAST contains some wonderful tips for writers starting out and is a fascinating look at those heady days in Paris, with significant (sometimes overly nasty) parts covering, respectively, a friendly Ezra Pound, John Dos Passos, a charismatic James Joyce, Gertrude Stein (whom Hemingway described as resembling a "Roman soldier"), Ford Madox Ford (who seemed to have been awfully foul-smelling) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (whose wife Zelda apparently made him remarkably self-conscious about the caliber of his reproductive equipment).
As Christopher Hitchens so aptly explained the continued fascination with this memoir, it's "an ur-text of the American enthrallment with Paris," "a skeleton key to the American literary fascination with Paris...." And it serves the nostalgia of Hemingway "at the end of his distraught days, as he saw again the 'City of Light' with his remaining life still ahead of him rather than so far behind."
Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)
In the middle of all the books.
We Were So Young Once, but not as good because it was not as in depth as the other, however still a treat after "THE PARIS WIFE!"
I know this probably sounds "crazy," but he sounds like I think Hemingway would have sounded. (You know what? I just realized it's because he reminded me of Hemingway in the movie, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS!") 🗼🗼🗼🗼
YES, and I did!
CHECK OUT "THE SUN ALSO RISES!"
I started out by reading, "A PARIS WIFE," (which I loved.) Then I became interested in what Gertrude Stein referred to as the " LOST GENERATION, " which led me to this book, and of course, the movies, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS @ DELOVELY. (I had already seen them both, but they were
great and fun to revisit for this, and I just SARA AND GERALD. ( They were the "Power Couple" behind-the-scenes.) Fascinating / but tragic lives.
it was great a Triumphant return to Paris for Hemingway, I think the edited version would have been better as the fragments and topic switches at the end make the story less interesting. Kind of makes you wonder who Brut was based.on in the Sun Also Rises.
This is one of my absolute favorite audio books. I've listened to it several times and will keep doing so. This book can transport me back to the past like only "The Sun Also Rises" can.
I have listened to almost all of the Audio book by and about Hemingway. He is like an old Friend now. This was the third time for Movable Feast. I have not listened to the earlier version. Each time I listen I learn something. It has many lessons for a writer. It has lessons for a code to live life by. I have listened to Fitzgerald and the book "Call me Zelda." But in the end I think Ernie had them both pegged. The comparison to Scott and the marred Butterfly wings is such fine writing. Only thing that equals this is the stream of consciousness paragraph in Islands in the Stream where Hem describes the Gulf Stream. Movable feast was my first Hemingway book maybe 5 or 6 years ago. I have since purchased all of his books that Audible has available. They are all great. I am convinced, if you have talent and you listen. Hem will make you a better writer. He is the teacher you always wanted. Buy the kindle version too so you can see and hear the words.
I have always been a fan of Hemingway but this by far surpassed my high expectations. I've cried only twice while listening to audible book, this was one of them. I'm very picky about narrators in general and especially when they are reading Hemingway but the narration could not have been better.
Enjoy reading and now listening to all types of books
Love the book -classic but should be on the re-read list
All the interesting people Hemingway met and who impacted not only his live but others in this day and age.
Absolutely, great to listen to in the car to and from work.